Game on

Samy Mansour
Wednesday 01 Oct 2008

SHL’s sports centre in Birkerød north of Copenhagen is open for public use

This newly completed sports and leisure complex in Birkerød has a distinctive, sculptural quality, further enhanced by the building’s essential transparency. The building’s organic curves echo the undulating landscape of its surroundings.The complex is designed to be multi-functional and includes a large multi-purpose hall (2,300 sq m) with enough space to accommodate two handball courts with accompanying mobile spectator stands, as well as a V.I.P. lounge. There are two additional smaller halls allowing the complex to accommodate major sporting events, concerts and other cultural events, as well as school sporting events and small, local sports initiatives requiring more intimate settings.

The new centre is located adjacent to existing football pitches and the old public swimming baths, both of which have received investment - a new grandstand for the football pitch and larger swimming baths.

The building’s façades have been decorated by the Danish artist Astrid Krog and is an example of the close collaboration between artist and architect that is often to be found in the work of the practice. Black circles form interlinking patterns when the louvres are closed – the translucent cladding bringing a glowing quality to the natural daylight filtering through to the interior spaces. The façades were developed especially for this building project and have since been honoured by inclusion in the Danish Ministry of Culture’s Canon for Design and Craft Art and the World Architecture Festival awards.

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