Serban Cornea to speak at THE LIVEABLE CITY in Birmingham

November 28th, 2017

On the 30th of November, Serban Cornea will speak at THE LIVEABLE CITY, a two-days celebration of architecture and planning in Birmingham. His talk will review MUTOPIA’s visionary work with development tendencies and their major impact on the transformation of cities towards becoming fossil-free societies.


Today, there is a growing agreement across the political spectrum with regards to the ambition of creating a green society. However, the road towards achieving a green society is challenging. Free-flowing transport is a major challenge to create, but nonetheless foundational for a liveable city, which is why more and more cities are looking to Denmark for inspiration.


Serban Cornea will present his view on how interfaces between different modes of transport integrated in masterplans based on intermodal green transportation systems providing ‘sustainable logistics’ can create healthy, peo­ple-friendly environments that can reduce congestion, pollution and carbon emission, as well as help cities cope with growing popula­tions and workforces.


The event, where central and local government, businesses, politicians and professionals take part in talks, seminars and debates on how cities can become better places to live, work and play, is organised by the Royal Danish Embassy in the UK in partnership with Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Combined Authority and the Royal Institute of British Architects.


Presenting people who use The SPIRAL every day

October 11th, 2017

VISIONARY, INSPIRING, OPEN AND SYNERGETIC!

We proudly present comments from people who use The SPIRAL every day.


Watch Vice Chairman of Kalundborg Fencing Club Jan Sølyst Jensen describe the synergism between the many different user groups of our SPIRAL.


The open design provides amazing opportunities for flexible and intensive use and exchange between a.o. karate, muai thai, boxing and fencing, while the double infrastructure helix, consisting of a central core and a peripheral ‘mountain path’, adds a touch of playfulness to the multiuse quality of the whole.


Video credit: Lokale og Anlægsfonden, photographer Rune Johansen


Lindbjergskolen breaks ground

September 18th, 2017

Last week, a groundbreaking ceremony led by Mayor Lars Krarup marked the construction start of Lindbjergskolen, a 11.500m2 large public school in Herning, Western Denmark.


Lindbjergskolen will provide a focal point of public life across age for the entire Hammerum-Gjellerup area by uniting different activities within a new sports&culture mini-town of different volumes corresponding to a diversity of programmatic needs including school, sports facilities and a library, and immersed into a landscape specifically designed to support play, learning and movement, both inside and outside.


The students from Hammerum School and Gjellerup School, soon to become one, gathered several things typical of our time into a ‘time capsule’, which has been buried at the building site to symbolize a strong common foundation for the future joint school.


The project with a 200 M DKK construction budget is the winning entry of an architectural competition won by a team consisting of KPC, Årstiderne Arkitekter, MUTOPIA, Autens and Sweco.


Lindbjergskolen will welcome 1.000 pupils and 100 staff members upon completion in 2020.


http://www.aoh.dk/artikel/historisk-spadestik-p-skolebyggeri


FrederiksborgCentret breaks ground

August 31st, 2017

The construction of the multipurpose sports venue FrederiksborgCenter is underway, with Hillerød Mayor Dorte Meldgaard and Chairman of the FrederiksborgCenter Board of Directors Torben Nyegaard Olesen attending a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday the 30th of August.


The shovel typically used during the groundbreaking ceremony was symbolically replaced by a large excavator, to underline the importance of the 115 M. Kr. large investment, which will benefit both the city of Hillerød, as well as North Zealand – the area north of Copenhagen.


The 8.800m2 large addition to the renowned cultural venue of North Zealand, 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 concerts and sports competitions with up to 4.000 spectators, a VIP lounge, cloudboxes for VIP guests, conference rooms, a gym and a sports youth hostel.


The project is a winner of a turnkey competition, with the winning team comprising MUTOPIA together with Aarstiderne Arkitekter, C.C. Contractor and Midtconsult Engineers.


FrederiksborgCentret is expected to open in spring 2019.


read more here:

http://hilleroed.lokalavisen.dk/saa-kom-skovlen-i-jorden-byggeriet-af-multihal-er-i-gang-paa-milnersvej-/20170905/artikler/709059565


X-House, MUTOPIA’s transformation project of a shutdown school, opens

June 23rd, 2017

Today, Faaborg-Midtfyns Deputy Mayor Anne Møllegaard Mortensen opened the X-House, a transformed former school situated on Funen, the third-largest island of Denmark. Reborn as a multifunctional community centre, the transformed school features several interventions aimed at supporting multiple uses and increased shared activity, including a new ‘public living room’, a dynamic central meeting space which creates a new focal area and an icon of the revitalized X-shaped structure embodying transparency and connectivity.


The new grand multi-space, easily reachable from the parking area by means of a ramp blended into a wooden ‘Spanish Stair’, centralizes access and distribution, and interconnects visually and physically the different functional areas of the X, while providing flexible space for informal being together and community activities. Checkerboard openings and a full-height glass façade facing the main access provide generous amounts of natural light, while a chimney with a suspended lounge and fireplace, together with a floating orangery and a vertical garden add a note of ‘hygge’ – Danish cosiness – to the space. “A beautiful and welcoming landmark for volunteering, community and skilled work”, MUTOPIA co-founder Kristina Adsersen says.


The project is a response to the desire for social innovation, and the need to strengthen the local community to avoid the downfall of depopulation. Enthusiastically called “a fantastic building and an architectural gem with an inspiring, airy and green environment” by Jørgen Brink, the representative of the X-House Association, the project “announces a new era in the history of Vester Hæsinge” according to Deputy Mayor Anne Møllegaard Mortensen.


The realization of the project, which provides a new identity for the shutdown school as a ‘social greenhouse’, has been made possible by financial support from Lokale og Anlægsfonden (The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities), Realdania and Ken Fonden, The Municipality of Faaborg-Midtfyn, along with voluntary work and contributions from local citizens and companies.


Read more about the opening here:

http://www.fyens.dk/faaborg-midtfyn/Det-nye-X-hus-blev-indviet-med-maner/artikel/3162110


Read more about the project here:

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