THE SPIRAL opens in Kalundborg

The SPIRAL opened last Saturday in Kalundborg with an astounding opening ceremony attended by politicians including Mayor Martin Damm and Vicemayor Peter Jacobsen, as well as 700 future users including boxers, fencers, karate and thai boxing practicioners, along with pupils from the nearby schools. The 2.650m2 large 4-story new house of movement is the first of its kind – a new typology for a mixed-use community space designed by MUTOPIA to unite self-organized and organized sports activities, dance, gymnastics, fencing, boxing and martial arts, into one synergistic whole.

The building, consisting of four different sized sports fields spiralling upwards on four story-high steps, enables maximum interaction between the many different users. The top of the building is rotated 45 degrees with respect to the ground level, which creates a dynamic interior where each sports field has a different size and space height, with the upper glass-encased floor providing a perfect setting for calmer activities. The twisting building volume featuring 4 double-curved surfaces with noise reduction properties has a horizontal wooden sticks façade which turns the building into an accessible topography inscribed in the surrounding hilly landscape.

The 4 green sports fields are interconnected by means of blue-coloured infrastructure consisting of a central core and a peripheral ‘mountain path’ -  a shared warm-up area with a shape-changing playful design, alternating between irregular steps and a wavy appearance. The stepped interior filled with daylight makes the different activities visible for each other, while providing 360 degree views of the beautiful surrounding hilly landscape, city, neighbouring school, harbour and sea.

“The SPIRAL provides flexible space for a wide range of different user groups in response to emergent needs for new forms of interaction and community, where sport acts as a catalyst for public life across age, performance level and interests.” tells MUTOPIA co-founder Serban Cornea, who has overseen the project since its start in 2009. “The SPIRAL provides more than a simple floor area increase compared to a traditional 20 x 40 sports hall. The spectacular 4 stories high spiralling common space enables the organization of different activities separately, yet interconnected as part of a mutually inspiring sports theatre.”

MUTOPIA realized the project in close collaboration with Casa Arkitekter, OBH Engineers, Spangenberg & Madsen and Ecolab. The project has been completed on time and within budget. The construction of The SPIRAL has been made possible by financial support from Kalundborg Kommune/The Municipality of Kalundborg and major contributions from Lokale og Anlægsfonden/The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities and A.P.Møller og Hustru Chastine McKinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal.

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