Archive for the ‘User Focused Design’ Category

The residential neighbourhood Kongeskrænten tops out

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

A new sustainable residential neighbourhood in Smørum, North Zealand, is rising, which was celebrated in a top-out ceremony earlier today.

The 23ha large site contains 66 housing units for a total of 9.250m2 grouped in 20 house barns with three or four housing units each and positioned at various locations of the sloping site.

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

The buildings comply with the Danish Building Regulations 2020. Integrated solar cells and a visible storm water management, along with sustainable materials, further contribute to creating a green and liveable neighbourhood.

Kongeskrænten is a competition winning entry developed by MUTOPIA in collaboration with Årstiderne Arkitekter for Ejendomsgruppen Danmark and KONstruct.

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Serban Cornea to speak at BYENS Ejendom the 6th of March

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

On the 6th of March, Serban Cornea will be speaking at the BYENS Ejendom conference about MUTOPIA’s recent work with prefab module systems as a sustainable solution to the current housing shortage, while focusing on the ‘container housing’ theme as a strategy of generating urban life and identity in upcoming urban developments by means of temporary projects.

Byens Ejendom (The City’s Property) is the largest provider of information on urban development in Denmark.

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MUTOPIA announces departure of Kristina Jordt Adsersen

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

MUTOPIA announces that Kristina Jordt Adsersen, Partner, will leave the practice at the end of March 2018. Kristina Jordt Adsersen has been a co-founder of MUTOPIA together with Serban Cornea and partner since 2005, whilst working on many major urban planning and architecture projects, along with developing tools for communication and dialogue.

Kristina Jordt Adsersen has overseen masterplanning and sports&culture related projects, headed a number of award-winning projects, while in the same time significantly contributing to MUTOPIA’s dialogue-oriented approach to architecture.

‘Kristina has played a substantial role in MUTOPIA as a key co-developer of our co-creation strategies and thoughts about architecture as the art of many, and we are grateful for her yearlong engagement in MUTOPIA’s development and growth as designer, involvement process coordinator, and partner’, says Serban Cornea, founding partner at MUTOPIA.

‘It has been a fantastic and inspiring 13-years long period in which I developed professionally by working on a wide range of different projects, while in the same time expanding the boundaries of the architectural profession as a collective and user-oriented effort, and I am proud for having contributed to MUTOPIA’s varied body of work, including abstract projects, as well as realised projects’ says Kristina Adsersen. ‘It is now time for me to pursue my personal interest for housing as a main field of future activity’.

Kristina Jordt Adsersen joins Zeso Architects as Head of Housing Department and stays on at MUTOPIA on a freelancer basis for ongoing projects to be handed over, as well as for upcoming dialogue-oriented projects, as a process designer and coordinator.

MUTOPIA is currently involved in several major projects under construction, including the 11.500m2 large 4-track school Lindbjergskolen in Herning, the 8.800m2 large sports&culture venue FrederiksborgCentret in Hillerød, a temporary hotel made of customizable prefab units in Copenhagen, as well as a number of sports, culture and housing masterplans, including the 9.250m2 large Kongeskrænten in the Copenhagen metropolitan area, and a 13.500m2 large masterplan, recently selected as a winner of a competition for a mixed tenure development in Horsens.

MUTOPIA wishes Happy Holidays and a New Co-Creative 2018!

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

2017 has been a year of fulfilment and growth at MUTOPIA, with the X-House and the SPIRAL completed, and ground breaking on major sports, school, and housing projects including Frederiksborgcentret, Lindbjergskolen and Kongeskrænten.

Earlier this year we celebrated the opening of THE SPIRAL, welcoming HM The Queen of Denmark to share in the celebration of this significant milestone of co-creative collaboration.

We look forward to a new year of co-creative collaborations, productive debates and inspiring exchange of ideas for better cities and better life.

Best Wishes from the MUTOPIA team!

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.