What can rurality mean in an "urban age"? 

Rural Agentur is a research-based architecture studio focusing on rural space as one of the most controversial spaces in the 21st century. 

 

We live in a so-called ‘urban age’.  Simultaneously, we experience radical transformations of rural spaces.

For instance, in September 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution concluding a UN Declaration for the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. This resolution comes in direct response to the increasing discussions related to the future of rural space (read more           ). 

We believe rural space is changing socially, culturally and economically. 


Based in rural Denmark, Rural Agentur specializes in creating space for rural communities and articulate rural potential.

For us, architecture is foremost a social gesture, an on-going process, which spans from the informal conversation on the plough field to the spaces we co-create, and the research-based architectural solutions we offer.  

 

Rural Agentur is founded in 2018 by Anna Sofie Hvid, MA Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University, and builds on a trans-disciplinary network of architects, cultural planners, artists, craftsmen and farmers from UK, Germany and  Denmark.

 

Together with our clients, we investigate the spatial values of rurality.

 

THE AGENTUR

Rural Agentur is based in the reality, we work with.

 

The office of Rural Agentur is based on                            , a farm and social institution in the village of Jystrup,  55 kilometers outside Copenhagen. 

Grounded by our local context, we aim at addressing global issues related to the future of rural space.  

 

THE 

NETWORK

Rural space is complex. We work with an array of different professionals, and bring together supplementary disciplines, in order to create

sustainable spatial solutions.

 

WORKS

Public space in the rural provinces - a concept for the abandoned train station in Skælskør. 

Date: 2017 -
Client: Harboe Brewery A/S
Concept: Anna Sofie Hvid in collaboration with Anders Abraham og Peter Møller Rasmussen. 

Rural Agentur has proposed a concept for an abandoned train station, a re-interpretation of the train station as one of the few genuinely public spaces in rural areas. Ruralagentur has suggested to radically interpret the space as belonging to the public realm by creating a public art space accessible 24/7 with ID-card. 

For the green area around the train station (the former track area), Ruralagentur proposes a rural sculpture park, leaving the nature semi-wild and informal. 

The four-sided farm as a socially inclusive space -  

Ravnshøjgaard, a social institution in the Danish rural. 

Date: 2017 - 

Client: Østagergård S/I. 

Concept: Anna Sofie Hvid in collaboration with Peter Møller Rasmussen, Anders Abraham and Gui de Vore. 

For the private social institution Østagergård, Rural Agentur analyzed the significance of the traditional four-sided farm as a socially inclusive space. How can the farm buildings, and area, function as private space for the users, and at the same time provide space for interaction between institution and local community? 

The historical farm buildings need renovation as well as extension. Ruralagentur proposed that Ravnshøjgaard could facilitate a public space for concerts and community events as well as 12 individual housing units.

A sustainable concert hall surrounded by a perma culture garden, Søholm Opera Garden & Concert Hall.

Date: 2019 - 

Client: Søholm Opera

Concept: The vision is to create the first performing arts complex where nature and culture are  co-existing in new holistic ways through architecture, landscaping and experience design.

The buildings are designed with the historical typographies of Samsø and rural Denmark in mind, writing itself humbly into the landscape. Søholm Opera Garden and Concert Hall  will be built in sustainable materials, and be energy neutral. The Opera Garden will be presumably be one of Europe's largest permaculture gardens.

EXHIBITIONS

 

'Going Rural' at DAC (Danish Architecture Centre) - spotting a lack of connection between country and city.

Date: Oct. 2019 - Feb. 2020
Client: Dreyers Fond
Concept: Rural Agentur

The distinction between rural and urban is growing more than most people probably realize, and the exhibition therefore challenges our notions of the future of rural life and the existing national sense of a small, happy and especially unified agricultural land.

The difference between country and city speaks its clear language in statistics on everything from housing prices to local population figures. What is the future of rural areas? We would like to help define this. We believe that the rural has an overlooked potential that is just waiting to be articulated.

Do you live in the centre?
Is nature for free?
Should humans live here?
Can you imagine the rural?
 

PUBLICATIONS

AAarchitecture Rural Compromise

  DAY-TRACK

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Rural Agentur Slettebjergvej 21, 4174 Jystrup Denmark. CVR 40079726. info@ruralagentur.com. + 45 60 52 64 57.

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Skælskør train station, site plan. Drawing Anna Sofie Hvid.