The Town Hall at the Edge of the Forest (af René Kural)

The Town Hall at the Edge of the Forest (af René Kural)

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‘The Town Hall at the Edge of the Forest’ is the fascinating story of Søllerød Town Hall - now Rudersdal Town Hall - one of the most beautiful works by world-renowned architects Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen. All the new photographies - exterior and all the wonderful details in the Town Hall - are by the skilled architectural photographer Torben Eskerod.

The author, architect René Kural, describes the distinctiveness of the Town Hall and takes the reader back to the debate before the architectural competition was issued. A heated debate that was cause for wonderment all over the country. What took place behind closed doors before the iconic proposal was pronounced the winner of the architectural competition in 1939? What happened during the following years until the building was finally inaugurated on 16 March 1942? Few people are aware that the original design for the town hall included at library and a movie theatre, but what happened to this unique functional configuration?


Søllerød Town Hall was ahead of its time but has been consistently ill-fated in relation to one particular problem: lack of space. Over the years, this led to numerous eccentric proposals for solutions, with the expansion in 1965 constituting the first serious proposition. 


The book draws upon a wide range of comprehensive archival material, some of which is unique and has rarely - or never before - been published. The comprehensive and varied photographic material contributes significantly to an understanding of the particular qualities inherent in both the Town Hall and the interior. The book adresses both the professional and the intereseted reader.

The book is translated by Kenja Henriksen.


Bound, full canvas with dust jacket. Large format, ca. 31 x 24,5 cm. 2018. The book contains 104 pages and more than 80 illustrations - Torben Eskerod's colour photographies, black and white photographies, architectural drawings and plans. The front cover shows the Town Hall, seen from northwest, with the asymmetrically located main entrance towards the road Kongevejen. The back cover shows 11 design details from the interior. End paper shows a close-up of the Porgrunn marble on the building.

PhD, Architect MAA René Kural is Associate Professor at the Centre for Sports and Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. He is the director of Activity- and Health-Enhancing Physical Environments Network (APEN), member of the international network Active Cities Network (ACN) and the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA), Sports and Leisure Group and a practicing architect with his own company René Kural Architects. He is the author of ”Out! - om Dansk Tennis Club og tennisspilleren Leif Rovsing" and co-author on the book ”Playable” - both were published here.