Bruksgården - Lindéngruppen, Höganäs
Lindéngruppen have their headquarters in a factory manager’s mansion from 1805, previously owned by Höganäs AB. This building, Bruksgården, is part of an area classified as being of national interest, where the main building and its wings are considered to be of highest cultural value.
The extensive conversion show a great respect and consideration for the historically valuable environment, and the extension, a paraphrase of the traditional regional house, consciously been allowed to shape itself as a distinct contemporary imprint. The extension is a compact sculptural volume, made of brick and cast-in-place concrete, with distinct recessing and extending sections.
The mass of this volume, its wall openings and the concentrated light stand in contrast to the brickwork of the main building. A connection is created in the meeting between the volumes, a clear situation where the old and new grabs the other. The materials of the extension have a direct relationship to the site, the clay and the plaster that joins, connects to the materiality of the inner room; the concrete, and refine the mass of the building, breaks down the scale and create a dialogue with the surrounding environment.
An important part of the project is the art, which integrates the inner and outer sequences of spaces, floor plan and its organisation in a conscious way. In the extension a vertical room is placed where larger works and installations can interact further with the volume’s inner and it’s connection to the garden. The relationship to the urban space is important, a space where the architecture supports enrichments, where new additions are integrated into the contemporary town, where great respect is shown for every layer of time.