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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.

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.

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.



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MUTOPIA shortlisted for Kildegården masterplan and House of Art in Roskilde

Friday, January 8th, 2016

MUTOPIA has been shortlisted as one of three teams for the Kildegården masterplan and House of Art by The Municipality of Roskilde.

The former army barracks area of Kildegården, consisting of a series of small and larger buildings housing various activities, is to be transformed into a culture, sport and leisure powerhouse. A unique mix of existing and new users, including clubs, music school, cycling club, bridge, gymnastics, and afterschool, will provide a great potential for cross-cultural meetings and exchange.

In addition to the transformation of the existing barracks area, the masterplan also includes the addition of new residential program, a Sports&Jumping Centre and The House of Art, which will provide facilities for art and educational activities for individuals, associations, as well as for evening classes and Roskilde Municipality’s Art School.

The team consists of MUTOPIA Architects, together with Rubow Arkitekter and Midtconsult Engineers.

MUTOPIA’s X-HOUSE moves to detailing phase

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Yesterday, the detailing phase of the X-HOUSE, MUTOPIA’s winning proposal for the transformation of the shutdown Danish school into a community center, has been kicked off, with MUTOPIA lead&design consultant, OBH-Gruppen Engineers and Arne Brunholm client advisor.

The X-HOUSE will unite a local community centre with sports clubs, communal welfare provision and other health related functions into one synergistic whole, to create a strong platform for promoting social innovation and increase the attractiveness of the village as a settlement place for newcomers.

The 2.000m2 large project features a 250m2 large transparent living room with a floating orangery: a flexible space which will reinforce the programmatic diversity of each arm of the x-shaped building mass, while in the same time providing a new identity for the new X-House as a ‘social greenhouse’.

The funding is granted by Lokale og Anlægsfonden LOA (The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sport Facilities) and Realdania, a Danish philanthropic organization that supports change in the built environment, together with Ken Fonden, The Municipality of Faaborg-Midtfyn, and financial contributions from the local community.

The project has been developed in collaboration with Colliers International Danmark, anthropologist&artist Mikael Eriksen and stakeholders from the local community.

Project completion is scheduled in 2016.

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