Archive for the ‘Transformation’ Category

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/

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.


X-House tops out

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

X-House has reached its highest point, which was celebrated in a top-out ceremony last Friday.


MUTOPIA’s winning proposal for the adaptive reuse of a Danish shutdown school aims at creating a new focal area for the X-shaped building mass of the school complex by providing a generous multi-space which will create synergy between the different activities of each ‘arm’ of the X.


The X-House is a response to the desire for social innovation, and the requirement to strengthen the local community. It will provide a ‘public living room’ – a dynamic central meeting point featuring a floating orangery which will secure transparency and visual connections between the different functional areas, as well as a new identity for the shutdown school as a ‘social greenhouse’.


The project receives 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 contributions from local citizens and companies.


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

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