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X-House, MUTOPIA’s transformation project of a shutdown school, opens

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Today, Faaborg-Midtfyns Deputy Mayor Anne Møllegaard Mortensen opened the X-House, a transformed former school situated on Funen, the third-largest island of Denmark. Reborn as a multifunctional community centre, the transformed school features several interventions aimed at supporting multiple uses and increased shared activity, including a new ‘public living room’, a dynamic central meeting space which creates a new focal area and an icon of the revitalized X-shaped structure embodying transparency and connectivity.


The new grand multi-space, easily reachable from the parking area by means of a ramp blended into a wooden ‘Spanish Stair’, centralizes access and distribution, and interconnects visually and physically the different functional areas of the X, while providing flexible space for informal being together and community activities. Checkerboard openings and a full-height glass façade facing the main access provide generous amounts of natural light, while a chimney with a suspended lounge and fireplace, together with a floating orangery and a vertical garden add a note of ‘hygge’ – Danish cosiness – to the space. “A beautiful and welcoming landmark for volunteering, community and skilled work”, MUTOPIA co-founder Kristina Adsersen says.


The project is a response to the desire for social innovation, and the need to strengthen the local community to avoid the downfall of depopulation. Enthusiastically called “a fantastic building and an architectural gem with an inspiring, airy and green environment” by Jørgen Brink, the representative of the X-House Association, the project “announces a new era in the history of Vester Hæsinge” according to Deputy Mayor Anne Møllegaard Mortensen.


The realization of the project, which provides a new identity for the shutdown school as a ‘social greenhouse’, has been made possible by 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 voluntary work and contributions from local citizens and companies.


Read more about the opening here:

http://www.fyens.dk/faaborg-midtfyn/Det-nye-X-hus-blev-indviet-med-maner/artikel/3162110


Read more about the project here:

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


MUTOPIA’s X-House nears completion

Monday, June 5th, 2017

MUTOPIA’s X-House is nearing its completion, and will open the 23rd of June.


The transformation of the shutdown school will create synergy between a wide range of different indoors and outdoors activities, providing flexible space for being together, communities of practice and social innovation.


Checkerboard openings together with a full-height glass façade facing North provide generous amounts of natural light to a new ‘public living room’ featuring a chimney, a suspended platform and a floating orangery.


The new multi-space, easily reachable from the parking areas by means of a wooden ‘Spanish Stair’, connects the different functional areas of the building complex, while providing a new identity for the shutdown school as a ‘social greenhouse’.


Read more about the project here:

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


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 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.