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Fretton wins Danish competition

Tony Fretton Architects has won an international design competition for the new Fuglsang Cultural Centre in Denmark.

The 2,500m 2 exhibition complex in Lolland includes a gallery space, shop, café, learning centre and play areas.

Funded by the Realdania Foundation, a charitable investment association, together with a number of local authorities, the centre will house Storstrøm Art Museum's fine art collection, which is being moved from Maribo, also in Denmark.

The scheme, designed with Torben Schønherr Landscape, was commended by the judges for 'incorporating the landscape into the building complex as an architectural element'.

Hans Jørgen Jensen, the chair of the jury, said: 'The museum building's subtle references to the existing buildings are compelling, and the entry presents a scheme of discrete seclusion.' One of the key features of the project is a new brick building that will boast a jagged roof and 'decorated' ceilings above the exhibition spaces.

Fretton's scheme saw off competition from several Danish practices and an entry from Swiss designer Gigon/Guyer.

This project represents Fretton's second major Danish project. The first was the Tietgens Grund mixed-used scheme in Copenhagen, due to be completed next year.

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