Archive for 2016

MUTOPIA proposes People’s Church with multi-arched façade and a Noah’s Ark rooftop garden

Monday, November 14th, 2016

MUTOPIA, in collaboration with Regnestuen Engineers and Danish sculptor Morten Stræde, have created the ‘Southern Harbour Church’ proposal with the aim of supporting the transformation of the former industrial area of the Island of Teglholmen situated in the inner-harbour area of Copenhagen into a new urban district by providing a hot-spot for culture, contemplation and community life.


MUTOPIA’s answer to the international competition brief was to envision a new identity for the church as a mix of interacting programs, in response to the latest usage tendencies of Danish churches as places for lectures and concerts, community dining, children’s church, open house for homeless and many other activities.


A ‘family of arches’ provides an open and welcoming façade reflecting the multitude of different programs which frame the church space as a hollow stepped pyramid easily accessible directly from street level, and gradually narrowing upwards. The four stepped corner ‘legs’, containing infrastructure, church and culture related program, are interconnected with bridges, creating multiple interaction possibilities between church and everyday activities, thereby contributing to creating a true ‘People’s Church’ as a combined space for worship and everyday life. The legs support the roof level, which contains the main culture program including three large flexible ‘black box’ theatres, along with several service functions.


Situated at the intersection of the two promenades of the island, the church tower contains a public staircase as a continuation of the public realm leading to a rooftop garden fully accessible to the public also outside the church opening hours, and featuring a combination of community gardens, seating areas, glasshouses and beehives, along with several animal sculptures – outdoor pavilions ivy-clad to enhance the garden experience as a green Noah’s ark and a destination with great harbour views for local residents, children and visitors.


MUTOPIA’s proposal inscribes the church volume into the surrounding context of urban blocks as a fully accessible, highly sustainable and spatially innovative social mixer. By defining the sacred space as a negative of profane space, the seemingly opposite functions are interconnected and integrated, just like yin and yang, into a new, dynamic and vital whole.


MUTOPIA completes SPARK, a sports-park with a collection of stimulating sports villages

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The transformation of Odense Comrades’ Sportsclub (OKS) 40.000m2 large football club premises into a multifunctional sports-park dubbed SPARK has been completed.


SPARK provides an inspiring sports & leisure environment at a central city location in response to the steadily growing interest for sport as a catalyst for activity and public life, while in the same time creating a new identity for OKS.


SPARK combines the two Danish traditions for football and allotment gardens into a number of gabled roof ‘sports sheds’ which root the project within the urban context of allotments and sheds, and provide informal space for a diversity of sports and physical activities to improve physical, social and football skills.


The ‘sports sheds’, clustered into three ‘sports villages’ corresponding to three programmatic activity zones including football technique training, parkour and gymnastics, have been developed in close collaboration with project stakeholders, future users and Lokale and Anlægsfonden (The Danish Foundation for Sports and Culture Facilities), to enable a more versatile and intensive usage of the area.


http://mutopia.dk/projects/urban/spark-2/

http://www.loa-fonden.dk/projekter/2012/spark-i-odense/

MUTOPIA selected for Midtfyn Multipark

Monday, October 10th, 2016

The Municipality of Faaborg-Midtfyn has appointed MUTOPIA to embark on the design of Midtfyn Multipark, a project for a new multifunctional street sports- and activity area nearby Ringe Stadium.


The aim of the project is to provide a natural meeting place for sports and leisure activities for the entire city of Ringe, and the future users have a high level of ambition for the creation of a Mecca of sports and activities for all ages – with respect for the individual activities and specific needs of the different interest groups.


Based on the growing popularity of street sports, the project aims at combining skating, parkour, climbing and street basket with the existing football and athletics activities of the stadium to create interaction between individual users and sports associations as part of a unifying and inspiring sports and leisure environment.


The project will retrofit existing areas and facilities, while adding a number of new elements, including a new clubhouse which will provide a natural transition between indoor and outdoor facilities, while enabling several activities to take place independently or jointly based on a 2+2=7 synergistic effect.


http://www.rundtomringe.dk/nyheder/og-vinderen-er-mutopia.aspx


Springcenter Nærheden tops out

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Yesterday, Springcenter Nærheden in Høje Taastrup topped out, marking an important milestone in the development of Nærheden, an upcoming residential area in the greater metropolitan area of Copenhagen. The Jumping Center kick-starts the transformation of a former industrial site into a new urban district, and it will act as a catalyst for public life in the 65ha large urban area.


The project for the Jumping Center and the surrounding recreational areas is developed by a team comprising CUBO Arkitekter and MUTOPIA, together with C.C. Contractors, and Midtconsult Engineers.

Construction begins on MUTOPIA’s X-HOUSE

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Construction has begun on The X-HOUSE, MUTOPIA’s winning proposal for the adaptive reuse of a Danish shutdown school into a community centre.


MUTOPIA’s proposal is a strategic intervention at the very middle of the X-shaped building mass, aimed at providing the X-HOUSE with a dynamic central meeting point, and a new identity as a ‘social greenhouse’. Sports clubs and self-organized activities, communal welfare provision and other health related functions, along with culture and leisure activities will blend together in a new multi-space – a public living room, thereby creating a strong platform to promote social innovation.


The new multi-space, featuring a generous room height to enhance its central and multifunctional qualities, a glass façade, to secure transparency and visual connections between the different functional areas, and a floating orangery for good quality indoor climate, will become the focal area of the complex, providing opportunities for synergy between the different activities of each ‘arm’ of the X by centralizing access and distribution, while in the same time articulating all the different areas of activity, both indoors and outdoors.


The project, developed in collaboration with OBH Engineers, Brunholm Construction Consulting, Colliers International Danmark and Mikael Eriksen, has received massive support from the local community, as well as financial support from Lokale og Anlægsfonden, Realdania and Ken Fonden, along with contributions from local citizens and companies.


http://www.vesterhaesinge.dk/byggeriet-af-det-nye-x-hus-igang/

http://mutopia.dk/projects/building/x-house/