Archive for 2012

Happy Holidays

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

At the edge of this year we are crossing the harbor to reach our new office in the midst of the bustling Inner City by the Town Hall Square.

We would like to thank our partners and collaborators for an inspiring and productive 2012, and we are looking forward to welcome you to our new office at Frederiksberggade 30, 2, 1459K Copenhagen.

Happy Holidays 2012 and a great 2013!

The SPIRAL achieves full financing

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Financial support from Lokale-og Anlægsfonden (12mio kr.) and A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (11mio kr.) secure full project financing for MUTOPIA’s SPIRAL House.

The 2.600m2 large activity house will be the first sports building in Denmark designed specifically to accomodate martial arts while in the same time providing synergy between a wide range of planned and self-organized physical activities.

Plug-in City awarded honorable mention in Lahti

Friday, December 14th, 2012

MUTOPIA´s proposal for retrofitting the central railway area in Lahti, Finland, receives an honorable mention at the Radanvarsi international competition, a major event during the Lahti World Design Capital.

The award praises the outstanding sustainable qualities of the proposal, including the possibilities for phased development, ecological lifestyles and innovative building typologies.

In 2012, Lahti is the World Design Capital together with the neighboring cities Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Helsinki.  The World Design Capital is an initiative of the ICSID, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, which every second year recognizes one global city for its accomplishments in utilizing design as a tool to improve social, cultural and economic life.

In order to create an attractive urban environment, MUTOPIA proposes achieving a compact mix of living and working by capitalizing on the unique qualities of this beautiful site: great accessibility, unique topography and a rich industrial heritage.

The outcome is a tactical, flexible, contextual, car free, diverse, experimental, temporary, sustainable and optimistically inclusive Plug-in City.

MUTOPIA to densify The CityPark

Monday, December 10th, 2012

MUTOPIA has been commissioned to design the next stage in the development of the CityPark in Ørestad City.

True to the original concept of creating public space à la carte, the development will add new program in a playful design to the existing ‘island’ layout in response to the growing needs of the local community for recreational facilities.

The archipelago of islands, a flexible structure-on-demand, represents a radical new method for public space production by means of organic growth and user driven innovation.

The upcoming densification of the archipelago illustrates the ongoing process of change of needs, while in the same time celebrating the diversity of the city and its inhabitants.

The first new Swing Island is scheduled to open April 2013.

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SPIRAL case study for user driven innovation

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

MUTOPIA’s SPIRAL House is featured as a case study for user driven innovation at the i2p idea2program webtool ‘The Good Process’.

The i2p webtool has been developed by Bygherreforeningen, The Danish Association of Construction Clients, to provide support for professional clients during the early phases of a building project.

Per Kensø, who has been closely involved in the development process of the SPIRAL House as a representative for Herredsåsen School, states:

”Samarbejdet med MUTOPIA og Lokale- & Anlægsfonden har været helt perfekt. Arkitekterne har været gode til at sætte sig ind i de ønsker og problemstillinger, vi ker kommet med – og de har formået at indarbejde nogle rigtig gode løsninger i det projekt, de har lagt frem. Så det har været en meget spændende proces at være med til. At se hvordan tingene skred frem fra det ene møde til det næste, og hvordan arkitekterne greb de ting vi kom med og indarbejdede det i de ting, de så lagde frem – det har været rigtig, rigtig fedt! (…)det er et helt fantastisk spændende projekt, der er kommet ud af det. Et hus, som inspirerer til at tænke ud af boxen i forhold til den måde, vi praktiserer idrætsundervisningen på.”

“The collaboration with MUTOPIA and Lokale- & Anlægsfonden (The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sport Facilities LOA) has been absolutely perfect. The Activity House (SPIRAL) is a perfect example for a different kind of process, where programming and design go hand in hand in a fruitful dialogue between architect and users.

(The outcome is) a fantastically exciting project (…) A house which inspires to think outside the box with regard to the way we practice sports teaching.”

The Danish Association of Construction Clients (DACC) is an interest group representing professional construction clients in Denmark.