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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/

Archdaily features MUTOPIA’s Village-in-the-Schoolyard for its double social agenda

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Archdaily features MUTOPIA’s Village-in-the-Schoolyard for its double social agenda of providing attractive school premises and a social meeting place for the local community.


The urban renewal project, featuring several activity hotspots shaped like gabled houses evocative of the homely appeal of village life, aims at supporting the growth strategy of the Halsnæs Municipality by increasing the attractiveness of the school premises, while in the same time strengthening the qualities of the school grounds as areas for social training, outdoor activities and public life generators.


http://www.archdaily.com/799658/village-in-the-schoolyard-mutopia


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.


Serban Cornea lectures on Architecture&Communities in Budapest

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

By invitation of the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre and The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Serban Cornea has delivered a lecture on Architecture and Communities at A38, one of Budapest’s most important cultural venues located by the Petofi Bridge on a former Ukranian stone-carrier ship.


The lecture, opened with a speech by Danish Ambassador in Budapest Tom Nørring, was followed by a panel debate where Serban Cornea discussed opportunities for the development of Budapest’s iconic waterfront and industrial sites together with former Budapest Chief Architect Eva Beleznay and Aalborg City Architect Peder Baltzer Nielsen.


Serban Cornea joins Business Development Board of the Danish Association of Architectural Firms

Friday, September 11th, 2015

The Danish Association of Architectural Firms DANSKE ARK, established in 1960, is the Danish association of private firms and consulting architects, with a twofold objective: to represent the commercial interests of practising architects as well as to strengthen the position, quality level and professionalism of its member firms.


DANSKE ARK’s associated member firms account for about 85-90% of the building contract sums in Denmark. DANSKE ARK is member of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE), and represents its members at EU level and worldwide, while in the same time being engaged in extensive co-operation with its sister organisations in the other Nordic countries.


http://www.danskeark.dk/