Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

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 completes SPARK, a sports-park with a collection of stimulating sports villages

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The transformation of Odense Comrades’ Sportsclub (OKS) 40.000m2 large football club premises into a multifunctional sports-park dubbed SPARK has been completed.


SPARK provides an inspiring sports & leisure environment at a central city location in response to the steadily growing interest for sport as a catalyst for activity and public life, while in the same time creating a new identity for OKS.


SPARK combines the two Danish traditions for football and allotment gardens into a number of gabled roof ‘sports sheds’ which root the project within the urban context of allotments and sheds, and provide informal space for a diversity of sports and physical activities to improve physical, social and football skills.


The ‘sports sheds’, clustered into three ‘sports villages’ corresponding to three programmatic activity zones including football technique training, parkour and gymnastics, have been developed in close collaboration with project stakeholders, future users and Lokale and Anlægsfonden (The Danish Foundation for Sports and Culture Facilities), to enable a more versatile and intensive usage of the area.


http://mutopia.dk/projects/urban/spark-2/

http://www.loa-fonden.dk/projekter/2012/spark-i-odense/

MUTOPIA selected for Midtfyn Multipark

Monday, October 10th, 2016

The Municipality of Faaborg-Midtfyn has appointed MUTOPIA to embark on the design of Midtfyn Multipark, a project for a new multifunctional street sports- and activity area nearby Ringe Stadium.


The aim of the project is to provide a natural meeting place for sports and leisure activities for the entire city of Ringe, and the future users have a high level of ambition for the creation of a Mecca of sports and activities for all ages – with respect for the individual activities and specific needs of the different interest groups.


Based on the growing popularity of street sports, the project aims at combining skating, parkour, climbing and street basket with the existing football and athletics activities of the stadium to create interaction between individual users and sports associations as part of a unifying and inspiring sports and leisure environment.


The project will retrofit existing areas and facilities, while adding a number of new elements, including a new clubhouse which will provide a natural transition between indoor and outdoor facilities, while enabling several activities to take place independently or jointly based on a 2+2=7 synergistic effect.


http://www.rundtomringe.dk/nyheder/og-vinderen-er-mutopia.aspx


MUTOPIA win Kongeskrænten competition for a sustainable residential neighborhood

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

MUTOPIA have been announced winners of the competition for the 23.000m2 large sustainable residential neighbourhood Kongeskrænten in Smørum, North Zealand, in collaboration with Årstiderne Arkitekter.


The residential project consists of 66 housing units, grouped in 20 house bars with three or four housing units each, and positioned at various locations of the sloping site to secure amazing views, diversity, as well as contact to a green landscape wedge which follows a protected dike crossing the site.


The disposition of the bars creates a number of cross-views which increase interaction with nature and social interaction between the mini-communities of each housing barn, while in the same time transforming the typical monotonous suburban row-house area into a modern and family-friendly environment, fully integrated within the beautiful surroundings.


Integrated solar cells and a visible storm water management enhancing the landscape experience, along with sustainable materials, further contribute to creating a green and liveable neighbourhood.