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Henning Larsen’s Klaksvík Row Club: A Modern Homage to Faroese Heritage

Community-Centric Design: Building Connections Through Architecture

Photography by Nic Lehoux-Henning Larsen’s Klaksvík Row Club

Henning Larsen‘s urban vision for Klaksvík, the second-largest town in the Faroe Islands, comes to life with the creation of the Klaksvík Row Club—an example of both architectural innovation and Faroese sports heritage. Situated within a fjord, Klaksvík boasts stunning views and serves as a cultural hub for its 5,000 residents. 

Photography by Nic Lehoux
Photography by Nic Lehoux

Rowing holds a significant place in Faroese culture, with its athletes deeply dedicated to the sport year-round. The traditional wooden Faroese boats, carefully crafted  and steeped in historical significance, find a modern home in the Klaksvík Row Club. The clubhouse pays homage to this rich tradition while embracing contemporary functionality and design principles.

Photography by Nic Lehoux

Ósbjørn Jacobsen, Design Director at Henning Larsen, emphasizes the integration of traditional Faroese architecture with modern sensibilities in the design of the row club. The sloping green roof and timber façade harmonize with the natural landscape, creating a dialogue between the built environment and the surrounding fjord. This combination of tradition and innovation sets the stage for a welcoming and functional space.

The clubhouse is not just a storage facility for boats; it’s a dynamic community space designed for  athletes and visitors. Expansive doors open onto the wooden dock, facilitating smooth transitions into the water, while the open timber interior provides ample space for training and socializing. Large windows offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, enhancing the overall experience.

Photography by Nic Lehoux

Beyond its role in fostering rowing culture, the Klaksvík Row Club serves as a public venue for events and exhibitions, proudly showcasing Faroese boat-making craftsmanship. With a café and outdoor gathering spaces, the club becomes a lively city corner, inviting locals and tourists to immerse themselves in Faroese heritage and community spirit.

Photography by Nic Lehoux
Photography by Nic Lehoux

As part of Henning Larsen’s dynamic urban plan for Klaksvík, the row club represents a commitment to adaptability and community engagement. With ongoing developments and plans to prioritize pedestrian access, Klaksvík continues to evolve as a vibrant and inclusive town. The completion of the row club marks a milestone in this journey towards a sustainable and culturally rich future.

Photography by Nic Lehoux
Photography by Nic Lehoux
Photography by Nic Lehoux

Henning Larsen, founded in 1959 by Danish architect Henning Larsen, is a renowned global design firm known for its innovative approach to architecture, urban design, and landscape. Committed to sustainability and social responsibility, the firm shapes the built environment, crafting meaningful spaces that inspire.

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