The masterplan design acts as a modern “interpretation of an old town with narrow alleyways, which opens up to create a meeting point – a place for passing time,” said Kasper Frandsen, associate partner of the architects firm.
Covering half of the 40,000 sq m area the sports and leisure complex will take pride of place on the banks of the Holbaek fjord reaching into the water on reclaimed land. Taking inspiration from nature, the design is surrounded by leaf shaped green spaces which complement the angles and slits in the building’s roof when seen from above. This strikingly sculptural roof profile intentionally refers to the heritage and the scale of Holbæk’s old harbour – the site of the shipyard, fishing boats and the scent of wood chips, tar and seaweed.
A water culture centre, a flexible multi-purpose hall and smaller activity rooms, a health centre, fitness centre, hotel, café and restaurant as well as a four-screen cinema and sports kindergarten are all included in the design. In addition to proximity to the inlet and the harbour basins, two new channels will also be added to the area to create a new hub for Holbaek’s social, commercial and transportation port.