MVRDV and ADEPT: house of culture and movement, denmark

the house of culture and movement

MVRDV and ADEPT have won the competition for house of culture and movement,
in frederiksberg, denmark. the building is a new urban typology with its mix of community centre,
exhibition and performance, 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 4,000m2
building is set in 4,500m2 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 17 million euro.

the main ambition for the house of culture and movement is to offer the flintholm neighborhood
a dynamic meeting point for people of all ages taking part in a wide range of activities. health, culture,
leisure and education should smoothly blend together to create a spectacular architectural experience
that will become a destination.

the main building, the house of culture and movement, or ku-be (kultur- og bevægelseshus) is a
rectangular glass volume containing six stacked ideal programmatic elements. the space in-between
can be programmed flexibly as a ‘play zone’ with various activities and main circulation. the stacked
elements hold more specific uses: 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 administration.
the theatre is flexible and can be used in different stage and audience settings; in addition its large
window allows it to be used as an open air theatre where the public stays in the garden. the building
is a truly multifunctional public centre which engages its users.

the 3 volumes are wrapped in an ‘urban curtain’ that acts as frame for the garden. it offers great flexibility
and can be used for art projects, bicycle parking, water and light installations, performances
– and curtains.

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 landscaping follows the themes of the interior
of the house of culture and movement with a performance area, health and activity zones, a quiet zone, connecting zones and an empty zone reserved for house of culture and movement 2.

view at night

the project will be phased. the house of movement, the garden and the urban curtain will be
first realizations. in later stages a commercial building and a second house of movement will
be added. climate and energy technology is based on reliable technologies such as solar panels,
natural ventilation and underground hot and cool storage resulting in a highly efficient low
energy building.

the project is designed by mvrdv, rotterdam, and adept, copenhagen, in a joint effort with
sla landscape architects, søren jensen engineers, imitio, winnie ricken, copenhagen, max fordham,
london, and ducks scèno, paris. earlier mvrdv and adept teamed up and won the competition
for the roedovre sky village, a flexible mix-use skyscraper currently in development.

at night

frederiksberg is an independent municipality to the west of copenhagen’s city centre. entirely
surrounded by copenhagen, the house of culture and movement is planned near flintholm metro station. realdania, copenhagen, and the danish foundation for culture and sports facilities, co-fund the

realdania is a strategic foundation created with the objective of initiating and supporting projects
that improve the built environment. its mission is to improve quality of life for the common good through
the built environment. the mission of the danish foundation for culture and sports facilities is to develop,
consult and support construction of sports, culture and leisure facilities with heavy architectural
and functional demands.

model of programs which fit in a rectangular prism

the passageways connecting the programs

the different programs and how they fit together



floor plan

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