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Presenting people who use The SPIRAL every day

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017


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

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 opens in Kalundborg

Monday, February 6th, 2017

The SPIRAL opened last Saturday in Kalundborg with an astounding opening ceremony attended by politicians including Mayor Martin Damm and Vicemayor Peter Jacobsen, as well as 700 future users including boxers, fencers, karate and thai boxing practicioners, along with pupils from the nearby schools. The 2.650m2 large 4-story new house of movement is the first of its kind – a new typology for a mixed-use community space designed by MUTOPIA to unite self-organized and organized sports activities, dance, gymnastics, fencing, boxing and martial arts, into one synergistic whole.

The building, consisting of four different sized sports fields spiralling upwards on four story-high steps, enables maximum interaction between the many different users. The top of the building is rotated 45 degrees with respect to the ground level, which creates a dynamic interior where each sports field has a different size and space height, with the upper glass-encased floor providing a perfect setting for calmer activities. The twisting building volume featuring 4 double-curved surfaces with noise reduction properties has a horizontal wooden sticks façade which turns the building into an accessible topography inscribed in the surrounding hilly landscape.

The 4 green sports fields are interconnected by means of blue-coloured infrastructure consisting of a central core and a peripheral ‘mountain path’ -  a shared warm-up area with a shape-changing playful design, alternating between irregular steps and a wavy appearance. The stepped interior filled with daylight makes the different activities visible for each other, while providing 360 degree views of the beautiful surrounding hilly landscape, city, neighbouring school, harbour and sea.

“The SPIRAL provides flexible space for a wide range of different user groups in response to emergent needs for new forms of interaction and community, where sport acts as a catalyst for public life across age, performance level and interests.” tells MUTOPIA co-founder Serban Cornea, who has overseen the project since its start in 2009. “The SPIRAL provides more than a simple floor area increase compared to a traditional 20 x 40 sports hall. The spectacular 4 stories high spiralling common space enables the organization of different activities separately, yet interconnected as part of a mutually inspiring sports theatre.”

MUTOPIA realized the project in close collaboration with Casa Arkitekter, OBH Engineers, Spangenberg & Madsen and Ecolab. The project has been completed on time and within budget. The construction of The SPIRAL has been made possible by financial support from Kalundborg Kommune/The Municipality of Kalundborg and major contributions from Lokale og Anlægsfonden/The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities and A.P.Møller og Hustru Chastine McKinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal.

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SPARK in progress

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

MUTOPIA’s SPARK project is moving ahead, as documented by a drone overflight over the 40.000 m2 large building site in Odense. Great to see the big perspective.

Transformation: Serban Cornea lectures at Ramboll

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Serban Cornea gave a lecture on transformation as source of architectural innovation Friday the 6th of November 2014 at Ramboll Denmark, and shared a number of ongoing projects including DK2050, a national scenario project on the transformation of Denmark towards becoming a carbon-free society in 2050 and X-House, MUTOPIA’s winning proposal for the transformation of a shutdown school into a community center.

In recent years, MUTOPIA has put forward a number of innovative proposals for the transformation of existing buildings and urban structures by successfully combining contemporary sustainable architectural and urban issues with co-creation, MUTOPIA’s User Focused Design trademark.

The lecture, recorded in its full length, is now available on Youtube.