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Bang & Olufsen store in Herning, Denmark

Chris Hodson

The first new Bang & Olufsen store based on the company’s latest retail design concept epitomises this iconic brand with its deceptively simple, golden copper alloy and glass form.

A team headed by Johannes Torpe, B&O’s Creative Director, was behind the new store concept which aims to deliver a fresh sensory experience through sound and design. The architectural interpretation of this concept by Arkitec A/S for a store in the Danish town of Herning, is an understated, curved-edge box, reminiscent of B&O’s minimalist products. Although thoroughly modern, the store’s design recognises its sensitive location on the town’s central square - dominated by the church - with restraint and modest scale.

Unique Visual Characteristics

 After exploring a range of other high quality façade materials alongside the generous glazing, a consensus was reached on the golden copper alloy for its sustainability and unique visual characteristics, complementing the warm brown brick prevalent around the square and copper details on the church.

Without compromising the clean lines of the building, an additional surface treatment was applied to enrich the copper alloy’s appearance and an apparently random pattern of wavy lines added, generated by varying circular perforations through the material. At night, soft LED backlighting shines through the perforated patterns, dematerialising the building’s form. Programmed to dim randomly, the glowing façades create an intriguing rhythmic animation and focal point to the town square.

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Building

Owner: 
Bang & Olufsen
Country: 
Denmark
Zip code: 
7400
City: 
Herning
Street: 
Torvet 20
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Facades/panels
Transparent structures
Type of building: 
Office buildings
Commercial, trading
Copper used: 
Golden alloy
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Lars Sternberg, Arkitec A/S

Copper contractors

Title: 
RMIG and AS Facader
Address & description: 
Copper Product: TECU® Gold

Awards

Season: 
2015

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