Pavers: Auxo | Højer Torv, Denmark
© Egernsund Wienerberger A/S

Painting the town red

architectum edition #39

Pavers: Auxo | Højer Torv, Denmark
© Egernsund Wienerberger A/S

Urban transformation in Højer

in Denmark

Pavers: Auxo | Højer Torv, Denmark
© Egernsund Wienerberger A/S

Product used

Auxo tumbled, in two customized formats

Painting the town red

The small town of Højer, close to the tide flats in Denmark has undergone an extensive urban renewal. Custom made deep red clay pavers highlight the city’s history and play a key role in creating its unique identity.

A sea of nuances in Denmark

Erik Brandt Dam Arkitekter spearheaded the revitalisation of the ‘City behind the dike’. Here in Højer, the transformation has unfolded with historic homes undergoing restoration and the introduction of urban areas built to a very high standard.
Of course, this includes the replacement of road and sidewalk pavements, a testament to the architect’s mindful approach to honouring the city’s heritage: The ancient Marshby district, dating back to the 13th century, serves as a touching reminder of the city’s rich history, which remains intertwined with its modern evolution.

Honouring Højer’s history

Architect Erik Brandt Dam says: “When you have an entire city in your hands, it is crucial to see and listen to what is already there and define the direction based on that. In the urban transformation, we have allowed the different periods and materials that make up the city’s building blocks to carry on the culture. In other words, with respect for Højer’s history, we have focused on aligning the city’s past with present day.”
Now two distinct types of pavement envelop the city as part of its ongoing revitalisation. Streets and alleys have been adorned with a blend of new granite materials and traditional rustic clay pavers. “The tile is worth noting, as it is shaped from a material that feels right in the context. You get a sense of the layers of clay that have stretched up along the western tidal flats and had a foothold in Southern Jutland.” says Erik Brandt Dam about the clay pavers, which have been supplied by Egernsund Wienerberger. In total 8,700 square meters of specially crafted paving tiles now embellish the streets of Højer.

Formats and beautiful bonding patterns

Two different bonding patterns – L and herringbone bonding patterns – ensure a beautiful design and elegant details. Henrik Fuldby-Olsen, architectural ­consultant at Egernsund Wienerberger explains: “It has been an exciting task to develop and deliver the pavers.
To meet the architect’s vision for the beautiful bonding patterns, the deep red paver has been created in two different formats especially for Højer. With its rustic surface and rounded edges, Højer’s new tiles blend nicely into the old town.” The project in Højer was among the nominees for the City Plan Award 2022. Furthermore, the project won the Audience Award 2022. 

Pavers: Auxo | Højer Torv, Denmark
© Egernsund Wienerberger A/S

Facts & Figures

Project name: Urban transformation in Højer, Denmark


Architecture  ERIK BRANDT DAM arkitekter

Client  Tønder Municipality

Year of completion   2022

Products used  Auxo tumbled, in two customized formats

Building type  Public

Edition  architectum #39

Pavers: Auxo | Højer Torv, Denmark
© Egernsund Wienerberger A/S

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