Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

MUTOPIA wins Brahes Bakke, a competition for a 4,5ha mixed tenure development in Horsens

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

MUTOPIA, together with Skala Arkitekter and property developer Kuben Management, have been selected by The Municipality of Horsens winners of the Brahes Bakke competition for the development of a new mixed tenure community.


Three building clients will secure the development of this diverse neighbourhood featuring different forms of tenure: private rental housing (Pædagogernes Pension PBU), owner-occupancy (Danhaus) and affordable housing (Domea Horsens).


The 4,5ha large area will contain 130 housing units for a total of 13.500m2 organized in freestanding attractive housing blocks, whose all-around orientation allows for optimal arrangement of all dwellings, while providing spectacular views of the fields, forest and nearby cultural monuments.


The ‘houses’ are scattered over the existing landscape to create cross views that increase communication, open areas and social exchange. The scattering combines individuality with a collective spirit and allows for the creation of four dense ‘mini-neighborhoods’, which in turn enable the creation of more openness towards the surrounding landscape and a recreational green belt containing communal elements.


Serban Cornea to speak at THE LIVEABLE CITY in Birmingham

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

On the 30th of November, Serban Cornea will speak at THE LIVEABLE CITY, a two-days celebration of architecture and planning in Birmingham. His talk will review MUTOPIA’s visionary work with development tendencies and their major impact on the transformation of cities towards becoming fossil-free societies.


Today, there is a growing agreement across the political spectrum with regards to the ambition of creating a green society. However, the road towards achieving a green society is challenging. Free-flowing transport is a major challenge to create, but nonetheless foundational for a liveable city, which is why more and more cities are looking to Denmark for inspiration.


Serban Cornea will present his view on how interfaces between different modes of transport integrated in masterplans based on intermodal green transportation systems providing ‘sustainable logistics’ can create healthy, peo­ple-friendly environments that can reduce congestion, pollution and carbon emission, as well as help cities cope with growing popula­tions and workforces.


The event, where central and local government, businesses, politicians and professionals take part in talks, seminars and debates on how cities can become better places to live, work and play, is organised by the Royal Danish Embassy in the UK in partnership with Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Combined Authority and the Royal Institute of British Architects.


Lindbjergskolen breaks ground

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Last week, a groundbreaking ceremony led by Mayor Lars Krarup marked the construction start of Lindbjergskolen, a 11.500m2 large public school in Herning, Western Denmark.


Lindbjergskolen will provide a focal point of public life across age for the entire Hammerum-Gjellerup area by uniting different activities within a new sports&culture mini-town of different volumes corresponding to a diversity of programmatic needs including school, sports facilities and a library, and immersed into a landscape specifically designed to support play, learning and movement, both inside and outside.


The students from Hammerum School and Gjellerup School, soon to become one, gathered several things typical of our time into a ‘time capsule’, which has been buried at the building site to symbolize a strong common foundation for the future joint school.


The project with a 200 M DKK construction budget is the winning entry of an architectural competition won by a team consisting of KPC, Årstiderne Arkitekter, MUTOPIA, Autens and Sweco.


Lindbjergskolen will welcome 1.000 pupils and 100 staff members upon completion in 2020.


http://www.aoh.dk/artikel/historisk-spadestik-p-skolebyggeri


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/