Archive for the ‘Transformation’ Category

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/


MUTOPIA win the competition for FrederiksborgCenter multipurpose sports hall

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

We are delighted to announce that a team consisting of MUTOPIA together with Aarstiderne Arkitekter, C/C Contractors and Midtconsult Engineers has been selected winners of the turnkey competition for a new multipurpose sports hall.


The project is an extension of Frederiksborgcentret in Hillerød, a renowned cultural venue of North Zealand showcasing a variety of events, including sports, concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions and conferences, and with a level activity which has been steadily increasing over the past ten years.


The 8.800m2 large addition, shaped as a Golden Cube featuring a dark top and a golden volume on a concrete base, will accommodate and facilitate a wide range of activities, including large scale concerts and sports competitions with up to 4.000 spectators.


The gold-plated metal façades create a strong and unifying identity for the entire complex, providing references to both the existing FrederiksborgCenter with its golden tile facades, as well as to the facades of the upcoming HealthCenter, parts of which will also be golden.


To counterbalance the large volume of the main hall, the rest of the program, including foyer, skyboxes, administration, fitness and hostel, is ‘wrapped’ around it in an L-shaped wing, thereby creating a smaller scale transition to the neighbouring buildings and the arrival plaza: a ‘functional activity landscape’ combining the characteristic tarmac and nature qualities of the surroundings.


Read more:
http://frederiksborgcentret.dk/multihal/


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/

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/