the city house in KOKKEDAL
TITLE: The City House (Byens Hus)
TYPE OF JOB: Involvement and strategic consultancy
CUSTOMER: Fredensborg Municipality and Realdania
DATE OF THE PROJECT: 2014-2015
WITH: 12byer and Bascon
Kokkedal is a divided town, marked by great differences between areas with socially disadvantaged public housing and wealthy neighbourhoods. In 2014, Fredensborg Municipality received support from Realdania, a private association that supports philanthropic architecture and planning projects, to a new, creative gathering meeting place, the City House, which is intended to bring the town together. The local authority and Realdania chose to hire Hauxner in order to qualify the concept and competition programme for City House. The job was about ensuring that City House becomes an attractive place for one and all – including the users who do not participate in traditional citizen meetings and who are not accustomed to being heard.
The inclusion process involved walking tours, interviews, focus groups for different service-user groups, workshops and events for the pupils at Kokkedal School.
The development of urban and user-strategic recommendations for the further development of City House, including a more detailed vision and set of values for City House and the model for operations, identity and the basis for the activities in the building.