Archive for the ‘Copenhagen’ Category

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

Sunday, 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

Tuesday, 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

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 wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

2016 has been a great year with creative collaborations and exciting work, where ongoing projects took off the ground, while others have been completed. A huge thanks to our friends, colleagues, collaborators and clients who have contributed to making 2016 a truly unforgettable year.


We look forward to see you in the New Year!


MUTOPIA proposes People’s Church with multi-arched façade and a Noah’s Ark rooftop garden

Monday, November 14th, 2016

MUTOPIA, in collaboration with Regnestuen Engineers and Danish sculptor Morten Stræde, have created the ‘Southern Harbour Church’ proposal with the aim of supporting the transformation of the former industrial area of the Island of Teglholmen situated in the inner-harbour area of Copenhagen into a new urban district by providing a hot-spot for culture, contemplation and community life.


MUTOPIA’s answer to the international competition brief was to envision a new identity for the church as a mix of interacting programs, in response to the latest usage tendencies of Danish churches as places for lectures and concerts, community dining, children’s church, open house for homeless and many other activities.


A ‘family of arches’ provides an open and welcoming façade reflecting the multitude of different programs which frame the church space as a hollow stepped pyramid easily accessible directly from street level, and gradually narrowing upwards. The four stepped corner ‘legs’, containing infrastructure, church and culture related program, are interconnected with bridges, creating multiple interaction possibilities between church and everyday activities, thereby contributing to creating a true ‘People’s Church’ as a combined space for worship and everyday life. The legs support the roof level, which contains the main culture program including three large flexible ‘black box’ theatres, along with several service functions.


Situated at the intersection of the two promenades of the island, the church tower contains a public staircase as a continuation of the public realm leading to a rooftop garden fully accessible to the public also outside the church opening hours, and featuring a combination of community gardens, seating areas, glasshouses and beehives, along with several animal sculptures – outdoor pavilions ivy-clad to enhance the garden experience as a green Noah’s ark and a destination with great harbour views for local residents, children and visitors.


MUTOPIA’s proposal inscribes the church volume into the surrounding context of urban blocks as a fully accessible, highly sustainable and spatially innovative social mixer. By defining the sacred space as a negative of profane space, the seemingly opposite functions are interconnected and integrated, just like yin and yang, into a new, dynamic and vital whole.