Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

Serban Cornea appointed external examiner by The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science has appointed Serban Cornea external examiner for the period 1st of October 2018 to 30th of September 2022 as part of the joint team of external examiners for higher artistic educational programs comprising: The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Schools for Architecture, Design and Conservation, The Kolding School of Design and Aarhus School of Architecture.

MUTOPIA wins Brahes Bakke, a competition for a 4,5ha mixed tenure development in Horsens

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

MUTOPIA, together with Skala Arkitekter and property developer Kuben Management, have been selected by The Municipality of Horsens winners of the Brahes Bakke competition for the development of a new mixed tenure community.

Three building clients will secure the development of this diverse neighbourhood featuring different forms of tenure: private rental housing (Pædagogernes Pension PBU), owner-occupancy (Danhaus) and affordable housing (Domea Horsens).

The 4,5ha large area will contain 130 housing units for a total of 13.500m2 organized in freestanding attractive housing blocks, whose all-around orientation allows for optimal arrangement of all dwellings, while providing spectacular views of the fields, forest and nearby cultural monuments.

The ‘houses’ are scattered over the existing landscape to create cross views that increase communication, open areas and social exchange. The scattering combines individuality with a collective spirit and allows for the creation of four dense ‘mini-neighborhoods’, which in turn enable the creation of more openness towards the surrounding landscape and a recreational green belt containing communal elements.

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.

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.