MUTOPIA win the competition for FrederiksborgCenter multipurpose sports hall

May 16th, 2017

We are delighted to announce that a team consisting of MUTOPIA together with Aarstiderne Arkitekter, C/C Contractors and Midtconsult Engineers has been selected winners of the turnkey competition for a new multipurpose sports hall.


The project is an extension of Frederiksborgcentret in Hillerød, a renowned cultural venue of North Zealand showcasing a variety of events, including sports, concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions and conferences, and with a level activity which has been steadily increasing over the past ten years.


The 8.800m2 large addition, shaped as a Golden Cube featuring a dark top and a golden volume on a concrete base, will accommodate and facilitate a wide range of activities, including large scale concerts and sports competitions with up to 4.000 spectators.


The gold-plated metal façades create a strong and unifying identity for the entire complex, providing references to both the existing FrederiksborgCenter with its golden tile facades, as well as to the facades of the upcoming HealthCenter, parts of which will also be golden.


To counterbalance the large volume of the main hall, the rest of the program, including foyer, skyboxes, administration, fitness and hostel, is ‘wrapped’ around it in an L-shaped wing, thereby creating a smaller scale transition to the neighbouring buildings and the arrival plaza: a ‘functional activity landscape’ combining the characteristic tarmac and nature qualities of the surroundings.


Read more:
http://frederiksborgcentret.dk/multihal/


Archdaily features Village-in-the-schoolyard as a ‘cool example of Architecture for kids’

April 23rd, 2017

Archdaily features MUTOPIA’s Village-in-the-Schoolyard as one of ’18 cool spaces designed especially for children – environments which may perhaps inspire the Fosters, Hadids and Le Corbusiers of tomorrow.’


The urban renewal project, aimed at improving the health profile of Halsnæs School, has increased the attractiveness of the school premises, while in the same time creating a social meeting point across age and interest for the entire local community of Torup, a renowned Danish eco-village situated in Halsnæs, a part of the Capital Region of Denmark.


http://www.archdaily.com/869081/18-cool-examples-of-architecture-for-kids/

Henrik Ulsfort speaks on temporary architecture at Byens Ejendom Nordhavn Conference

March 28th, 2017

Last Friday, MUTOPIA’s Henrik Ulsfort gave a talk on new means of supporting bottom up urban development at Byens Ejendom Conference on the development of Nordhavnen. The current industrial Nordhavnen harbour of Copenhagen is in the process of being transformed into a new neighbourhood with a total capacity of 3.5 million square meters mixed residential and commercial programme, which will create space for 40.000 inhabitants and 40.000 work spaces by 2060.


MUTOPIA has developed a concept for kick-starting the development of unused sites by means of temporary activities aimed at providing exciting opportunities for urban life based on the unfolding of existing qualities of the urban context such as accessibility, history, location and existing activities.

A temporary hotel of customizable prefab modular units will provide much needed and highly attractive lodging and service space to support the activities of Culture Docken, a former salt warehouse which has become a popular culture venue since 2006 by providing a spectacular site for conferences, theatre, concerts, exhibitions as well as corporate events.


The first units have been constructed, and will soon be assembled on-site.


Byens Ejendom (The City’s Property) is the largest provider of information on urban development in Denmark.


http://www.docken.dk/

https://byensejendom.dk/

MUTOPIA proposes GRØNTTÅRNET, a carved tower with an edible facade

March 17th, 2017

MUTOPIA created GRØNTTÅRNET proposal for a new high-rise typology, aimed at integrating and contributing to the ’green and edible city’ context of the old share-based wholesale market of Valby, Copenhagen, currently in the process of being transformed into a new, modern and dense neighbourhood.


Strategically placed carvings in the tower’s midsection minimize façade downwash, allowing for a differentiation of living units and corresponding (sheltered) outdoor areas with hanging gardens featuring robust plants related to food culture.


More than creating an iconic presence which marks the entrance to the new district, the GRØNTTÅRNET tower transforms the monotony of extrusion into an exciting living variation which echoes diverse living conditions offered by the different sections of the tower corresponding with their respective height.


Rather than a cosmetic act, the green presence becomes a prerequisite for differentiation, better city life, as well as a striking addition to the notorious Copenhagen skyline, that symbolizes the green ambition of the new neighborhood.


Read more about the project here:

http://mutopia.dk/projects/building/groenttaarnet/


MUTOPIA win competition for Lindbjergskolen in Herning

February 24th, 2017

The Municipality of Herning announced a team consisting of MUTOPIA together with KPC, Årstiderne Arkitekter, Autens and Sweco have won the architectural competition for Lindbjergskolen, a 11.500m2 large public school in Herning, western Denmark.


The project, which will feature a new, modern public school, as well as a library for the local community, will be built as an extension of the existing Hammerum-Hallen sports hall, thereby creating a new culture and activity centre to become a focal point of public life across age for the entire Hammerum-Gjellerup area.


Based on a concept of a mini-town consisting of different volumes corresponding to a diversity of programmatic needs, the school will feature a 360 degrees’ continuous landscape designed to support play, learning and movement, both inside and outside.


Chairman of the Culture and Leisure Committee in Herning Municipality John Poulsen said: “The winning project has really managed to integrate the many different functions in a manner where it is a win for everyone, and it will lift the overall school experience to new heights. At the same time, the project features many interesting ideas of how an intensive usage of facades, roofs and the surrounding countryside can create an inviting building.”


Jury member and President of the Child and Family Committee in Herning Municipality Dorte West said: “We get with the winning project a fantastic and modern school that will provide a great learning framework for generations of students in many, many years. A school that will pique children’s curiosity, and lead the way for many other schools. At the same time, the winning project provides great value for the money: a school built in beautiful and durable materials, as well as an energy efficient school.”


Project start is scheduled fall 2017. Lindbjergskolen will welcome 1.000 pupils and 100 staff members upon completion in 2020.