Healthy and active living

Sharon McHugh
Friday 25 Jun 2010

MVRDV and ADEPT win competition for House of Culture and Movement

Today the City of Frederiksberg, Denmark, the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities, and Realdania named MVRDV and ADEPT winners of the House of Culture and Movement competition in Frederiksberg, Denmark. The building is intended as a new urban typology. It houses a community centre, an exhibition and performance space, a playground, park and health centre. The House of Culture and Movement is aimed to engage the population of Frederiksberg in a healthy and active life style. The 4,000 sq m building is set in 4,500 sq m public gardens and is the first in a series of 3 buildings. The first phase is to be completed in 2015 and has a total budget of €17m.

The main building is a rectangular glass volume containing six stacked program elements with a flexible space in between to be used as a play zone and for circulation. The stacked elements contain a theatre, a health zone, food zone, a zen area, a study centre and exhibition hall, fitness and activity centre, a wellness centre and an area for the administrative offices. The three volumes are wrapped in an ‘urban curtain’ that acts as a frame for the garden. It offers great flexibility and can be used for art projects, bicycle parking and water and light installations. The garden, designed in collaboration with SLA landscape architects, is fit for multiple uses acting as an activated, spectacular public space for the area.

The House of Culture and Movement, the garden, and the urban curtain will be realised in the first phase of the multi-phase project. In later stages, a commercial building and a second House of Movement will be added.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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