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Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant
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Henning Larsen Architects
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Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant, Henning Larsen, Hillerød, Denmark, Gottlieb Paludan, Orbicon, Solrodgaard
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Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant, Henning Larsen, Hillerød, Denmark, Gottlieb Paludan, Orbicon, Solrodgaard
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Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant, Henning Larsen, Hillerød, Denmark, Gottlieb Paludan, Orbicon, Solrodgaard
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Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant, Henning Larsen, Hillerød, Denmark, Gottlieb Paludan, Orbicon, Solrodgaard
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Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant, Henning Larsen, Hillerød, Denmark, Gottlieb Paludan, Orbicon, SolrodgaardPart park, part utility, a Danish water treatment plant sparks a conversation on climate change Henning Larsen’s open, green-roofed design in Hillerød is fit for a picnic, putting the community face to face with their use of resources.

Nearly two-thirds of the world’s population experiences severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year. As climate change and global crowding intensify, this figure will only become more severe.

Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant, Henning Larsen, Hillerød, Denmark, Gottlieb Paludan, Orbicon, SolrodgaardThe Solrødgård (Solrodgaard) Climate and Environment Park, serving the city of Hillerød in northern Zealand, seeks to shine a brighter spotlight on the global challenge of sustainable resource use. Developed from a 50-hectare, 1 billion-DKK masterplan, the park aims to open a community dialogue on resource use and climate awareness by creating public appeal within municipal infrastructure. Henning Larsen contributed to the open park with their exterior design and landscaping for the Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant, embedding the public facility within an accessible earthen framework.

Here, a recycling center, wastewater treatment plant and administrative facility stand alongside walking trails, a birdwatching tower, and a roosting hotel for local bats. By weaving recreational space into public utilities, the park creates a unique space where visitors can gain a natural, firsthand exposure to the cycle of natural resources within the community. The design extends a critical conversation on resource scarcity, which disproportionately affects developing communities.

The project sets the industrial facility into the landscape, conceptually pinching the grass and lifting it up to insert program in the space underneath. A service road splits the space in two; the facades exposed in this cut are clad in weathering steel, giving the exterior the appearance of a poche section cut of the earth. The roof on top is a web of meandering pedestrian paths, weaving through perennial plant beds whose blossoms shift in color through the seasons (green, yellow, and red.) Visitors can peer through skylights on the roof and these central glass facades into the plant’s processing wing and filtration facilities, to watch as the plant treats 15,000 cubic meters of wastewater each day. The design concept allows the community to connect with their own use of resources, while minimizing the visual and olfactory presence often associated with water treatment plants.

“The rooftop paths give a view over the rest of the park, but the central pathway is really where visitors can get an idea of how their community’s water cycle works,” explains Marie Ørsted Larsen, Senior Landscape Architect at Henning Larsen. “It’s symbolic of us cutting into the landscape to look within, creating a contrast between the natural water cycle and the constructed process that supports our communities.”

A small creek trickles through this central channel, passing through a narrow garden that demonstrates how natural foliage cleans and filters groundwater. For visitors passing through, this installation is an organic contrast to the industrial presence of the water treatment plant, prompting reflection on the function and environmental footprint of the public utility.

The Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant is capable of expanding its processing capacity to support future growth in and around Hillerød, and is capable of recycling phosphorous and producing biomass heat energy from the wastewater. Future communities will be able to explore a landscape that provides recreation, a connection to nature, and an everyday education in climate awareness.

Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant opened in 2017. As part of the larger Solrødgård Climate and Environment Park, Henning Larsen’s work joins collaborators Gottlieb Paludan, C.F. Møller, Jakobsen & Blindkilde, Orbicon, DHI and Hillerød Spildevand.
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Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant, Henning Larsen, Hillerød, Denmark, Gottlieb Paludan, Orbicon, Solrodgaard
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Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant, Henning Larsen, Hillerød, Denmark, Gottlieb Paludan, Orbicon, Solrodgaard
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Hovedstaden
Municipality
Hillerød
Town
Hillerød
Address
Lyngevej 2
 
 
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Industrial buildings and plants
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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2015 - 2017    
Realisation
2015 - 2017
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CLIENT
 
 
Hillerød Forsyning
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DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 12,800
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STAFF
 
Project
Henning Larsen
Masterplan
Gottlieb Paludan
Engineering
Orbicon
Project management
Anders Park [Henning Larsen]
Design team
Annesofie Feidenhansl Milner, Daniel Baumann, Jacob Astor, Lærke Dyrholm Møldrup, Marie Ørsted Larsen, Melissa Sandoval, Mikkel Hune, Morten Hauch, Nikolaj Sandvad Ramskov, Omar Dabaan
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Daniel Baumann, Jacob Due
Drawings © Henning Larsen
Text edited by Henning Larsen
Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant, Henning Larsen, Hillerød, Denmark, Gottlieb Paludan, Orbicon, Solrodgaard



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