Clear as crystal

James Forryan
Monday 22 Jun 2009

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter's community sports facility with a translucent skin

Integrated into the existing urban scape of Copenhagen, CRYSTAL Sports and Culture Centre provides a unique facility for public leisure.

The crystalescent structure collides with the brick of its neighbouring terraces creating a glass appendage to the originals, integrating and mimicking the angled roof form as its translucent membrane stretches between the sports and culture centre arena, and the four characteristic end walls of the neighbouring public housing scheme.

The building's structure is composed of steel and timber covered with opalescent polycarbonate panels with a low U-value. This translucent cover offers excellent daylight conditions and at night the structure appears as a glowing crystal.

Its unique design allows for flexible use of space creating a venue for a variety of daily sport and cultural activities such as concerts and theatre performances. The dynamic landscape inside allows for various activities to take place on different levels in visual contact with each other.

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