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MUTOPIA proposes GRØNTTÅRNET, a carved tower with an edible facade

Friday, 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

Friday, 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.


THE SPIRAL opens in Kalundborg

Monday, February 6th, 2017


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.


Link TV Øst:

http://www.tveast.dk/nyheder/04-02-2017/1930/spiralen-i-kalundborg-er-aben


X-House tops out

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

X-House has reached its highest point, which was celebrated in a top-out ceremony last Friday.


MUTOPIA’s winning proposal for the adaptive reuse of a Danish shutdown school aims at creating a new focal area for the X-shaped building mass of the school complex by providing a generous multi-space which will create synergy between the different activities of each ‘arm’ of the X.


The X-House is a response to the desire for social innovation, and the requirement to strengthen the local community. It will provide a ‘public living room’ – a dynamic central meeting point featuring a floating orangery which will secure transparency and visual connections between the different functional areas, as well as a new identity for the shutdown school as a ‘social greenhouse’.


The project receives 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 contributions from local citizens and companies.


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

The SPIRAL nears completion

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The opening date of The SPIRAL, MUTOPIA’s new house of movement, has been set for February the 4th, 2017.


The SPIRAL features a spectacular 4 stories high stepped common space which enables the organization of different activities separately, yet interconnected, as well as a horizontal wooden sticks façade which turns the building into an accessible topography inscribed in the surrounding hilly landscape.


The common space unites 4 different activity fields, each with its own size and room height, into an inspirational ‘sports theatre’ filled with daylight, which makes the different activities visible for each other, while providing 360 degree views of the city, neighbouring school, harbour and sea.


The key position of The SPIRAL – located at one of the highest summits of the city of Kalundborg – supports the city’s ambition to provide a sports&culture powerhouse in response to the emergent need for new forms of interaction and community, where sports culture acts as a catalyst for public life across age, performance level and interests.