Archive for the ‘Innovation’ Category

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.


Presenting people who use The SPIRAL every day

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

VISIONARY, INSPIRING, OPEN AND SYNERGETIC!

We proudly present comments from people who use The SPIRAL every day.


Watch Vice Chairman of Kalundborg Fencing Club Jan Sølyst Jensen describe the synergism between the many different user groups of our SPIRAL.


The open design provides amazing opportunities for flexible and intensive use and exchange between a.o. karate, muai thai, boxing and fencing, while the double infrastructure helix, consisting of a central core and a peripheral ‘mountain path’, adds a touch of playfulness to the multiuse quality of the whole.


Video credit: Lokale og Anlægsfonden, photographer Rune Johansen


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/


HM The Queen of Denmark visits MUTOPIA’s The SPIRAL

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017


Yesterday, HM The Queen of Denmark visited The SPIRAL in Kalundborg to experience how collaborative work between citizens, associations, institutions and architects can create visible, innovative and better results.


The SPIRAL, which opened for the public earlier this year, is the result of a co-creation process lead by MUTOPIA, aimed at developing a new typology for a house of movement designed to unite self-organized and organized sports activities into one synergistic whole.


Video credit: Kalundborg Kommune


The SPIRAL featured in LOA’s Annual Magazine 2017 as ‘sensational architecture’

Monday, June 12th, 2017

The SPIRAL is featured in Lokale og Anlægsfonden’s Annual Magazine 2017 (LOA/The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities) as ’sensational and unique architecture’.


Read more and download the magazine for free here:

http://www.loa-fonden.dk/aktuelt/2017/%C3%A5rsmagasin-2017/