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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 cleared and ready to welcome the new transparent ‘public living-room’ addition

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

The clearing of the centre of the X-House has been completed, and is now ready to welcome the new addition: a transparent ‘public living-room’.


The new multi-space with a generous 10m room height will become the focal area of the complex, providing synergy between the different activities of each ‘arm’ of the X.


MUTOPIA’s winning proposal for the adaptive reuse of a Danish shutdown school into a community centre 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’.


pics courtesy X-Huset

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


MUTOPIA completes SPARK, a sports-park with a collection of stimulating sports villages

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The transformation of Odense Comrades’ Sportsclub (OKS) 40.000m2 large football club premises into a multifunctional sports-park dubbed SPARK has been completed.


SPARK provides an inspiring sports & leisure environment at a central city location in response to the steadily growing interest for sport as a catalyst for activity and public life, while in the same time creating a new identity for OKS.


SPARK combines the two Danish traditions for football and allotment gardens into a number of gabled roof ‘sports sheds’ which root the project within the urban context of allotments and sheds, and provide informal space for a diversity of sports and physical activities to improve physical, social and football skills.


The ‘sports sheds’, clustered into three ‘sports villages’ corresponding to three programmatic activity zones including football technique training, parkour and gymnastics, have been developed in close collaboration with project stakeholders, future users and Lokale and Anlægsfonden (The Danish Foundation for Sports and Culture Facilities), to enable a more versatile and intensive usage of the area.


http://mutopia.dk/projects/urban/spark-2/

http://www.loa-fonden.dk/projekter/2012/spark-i-odense/

MUTOPIA’s House of Movement The SPIRAL tops out

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

The SPIRAL has reached its highest point, and the engineered timber frame roof cassettes defining the characteristic double-curved surfaces with noise reduction properties are in place. This was celebrated today at a topping-out ceremony, with speeches by Mayor Martin Damm, Elinco Contractor Company Director Per Bager, and MUTOPIA partner-in-charge Serban Cornea.


The SPIRAL will be the first building in Denmark designed 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 design is a response to spatial flexibility required by a wide range of different user groups, combined with emergent needs for new forms of interaction and community, where sport acts as a catalyst for public life across age, performance level and interests. The spectacular 4 stories high stepped common space enables the organization of different activities separately, yet interconnected as part of a uniting and mutually inspiring ‘sports theatre’.


The SPIRAL will be completed in December 2016.

Pics courtesy MUTOPIA and Ole Brandt.


http://sn.dk/Kalundborg/Spiralen-kan-pakkes-ud-til-jul/artikel/566887

http://tv-kalundborg.dk/Borgerne-faar-en-spiral-i-julegave


Public presentation of ’the Scalable City’, MUTOPIA’s masterplan for Allinge and Folkemødet

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Today, MUTOPIA will be presenting ‘The Scalable City’, our masterplan proposal for the development of the city of Allinge and ‘Folkemødet’, Denmark’s political festival on the Island of Bornholm.


The first phase of the parallel assignment project created by Realdania and Bornholms Regionskommune has now been completed, providing a robust framework for further development. MUTOPIA collaborated on the masterplan with Erik Brandt Dam Arkitekter, Center for Regional- og Turismeforskning (Centre for Regional & Tourism Research) and Lars Rasmussen, Danmarks Sportsfiskeriforbund (Denmark’s Sport Fishing Association).


MUTOPIA proposes to combine the site-specific and the authentic qualities to create a solid base for strengthening Allinges unique identity as ‘democratic city’, and provide a strategic development tool to create synergy between the city and the festival. The project includes strategies for sustainable urban development, densification and retrofit, proposals for optimizing infrastructure and accessibility, along with a number of site-specific interventions.


In a true spirit of democratic debate, the project will be presented at an open ‘Realdania-to-go’ event open and free for everybody to attend.


Invitation:

file:///C:/Users/Serban/Downloads/Indbydelse_%20To%20Go%20-%20Allinge%20som%20folkem%C3%B8deby.pdf

Press release:

https://realdania.dk/s%C3%A5dan-st%C3%B8tter-vi/filantropiske-programmer/mulighedernes-danmark/nyheder/togo-allinge-og-folkemoedet

Project description:

http://mutopia.dk/blog-2/page/3/