Folkehuset VØ. C.F. Møller. Photo: C.F. Møller Architects

Folkehuset VØ

Former school transformed into a community centre and new gathering place for citizens and tourists with architectural reference to local lighthouses and an important signpost for the development of the local community.
 Folkehuset VØ. C.F. Møller. Photo: C.F. Møller Architects


Vorupør i Udvikling


Vorupør, Denmark


1,700 m²




C.F. Møller Architects


C.F. Møller Architects

Collaborators, other


Vorupør is a small community on the west coast of Denmark with approximately 600 inhabitants and more than 10,000 visitors daily during the summer months. In the centre of the town is a former primary school, whose three buildings are now occupied by the town's enthusiasts as a shared office space, fitness centre, free childcare and community centre. The buildings lack clear coherence and are not welcoming to the remaining citizens and visitors. The project transforms the old school into a new gathering place for locals and tourists and supports an environment where tourism contributes to local development on local terms.

Lighthouse on the west coast

The architectural solution is inspired by the unique qualities of the coastal area and combines sensuality, functionality and local history. In addition to the transformation of the school, the project includes a new extension that, both literally and figuratively, acts as a lighthouse and creates a welcoming and open space. The lighthouse will showcase Vorupør as a great place to live and visit, with space for social, cultural and work-related activities for people of all ages.

The outer facade of the tower consists of a transparent material that provides unique lighting and invites skylight into the building in a high atrium space. The space can be used for various activities, such as art exhibitions and cultural events. A staircase leads to a viewing platform at the top with panoramic views of Thy National Park. The artistic detailing in the use of translucent material and light incidence contributes to the building's unique aesthetic and symbolism as a lighthouse.

A true people's house

Folkehuset VØ was created with great involvement of the local citizens, users, tourism and business associations. Public meetings and workshops were organised with stakeholders to ensure that the project reflects the needs and wishes of the local area. This led to a broad support in the local community and a strong sense of co-responsibility for the project, which builds on existing qualities and ensures that community and networks can unfold across users.

The project adds value to the local area by revitalising the old school and creating a multifunctional, accessible and open building that can enrich both locals and visitors.

Folkehuset VØ supports a number of national and local strategies for the development of sustainable growth with a balance between growth-generating and authentic local tourism.

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