Performers House Folk High School

Performers House Folk High School, Silkeborg - Denmark, Schmidt Hammer & Lassen Architects
Construction year: 2007
Address: Papirfabrikken 76 | SILKEBORG | Denmark
Latitude/Longitude: 56.1712204, 9.5562272

Performers House which was completed in 2007, is an international dance, music and theatre folk high school located in Silkeborg on the banks of the Gudenaa River. The building was designed to connect the school to the town by offering a vibrant environment for the local community, including cafes, a music theatre, cinemas and a media centre.

This is a three-in-one design, celebrating the building’s constituent elements: the original boiler house of the paper factory has been modernised and now accommodates two rehearsal rooms, a common room and a stage; a new building has been constructed to house the main entrance, offices, a canteen/restaurant, the student cafe, a dance stage, kitchen and student accommodation; the new squares on each side of the new building reinforce connections with the local community, acting as foyers, stages, interval spaces and rehearsal rooms.

The new building is clad with perforated rust-red steel panels. After dark, light shines through the incised apertures, turning the building into an animated beacon. The ground floor of the new building has a glass facade that can be partially moved to one side, thus transforming the external balcony into a performance arena.

The school’s international talent (half of the students are from overseas) and Silkeborg’s local culture interact to create music, dance and theatre performances on this urban stage.

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