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Cultural Center at Østerbro

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The Culture Center’s placement at Kildevældsparken activates the space between park and building, creating a bridge between the activities in the culture center and the nature value of the park. There will be natural occasions for interactions between in the natural elements of the park and the building.

Project information
Responsible partners: Ole Schrøder and Flemming Rafn Thomsen
Design team: Louise Fiil Hansen
Location: Kildevældsskolen, Skt. Kjelds neighborhood. Outer Østerbro in Copenhagen
Client: Copenhagen Municipality Technical- and environment department, Areal renewal Skt. Kjelds neighborhood, The ministry for city, residential and country districts
Project period: 2012 –
Type: sketch proposals

See the entire project here! (pdf in Danish)

Kildevældsskolen is a node on outer Østerbro. The cultural center will promote the community in a neighborhood with social and cultural differences and create a better framework for quality daily life for education, and culture and recreational activities. In this design, we utilize every square meter and meet the needs of the neighborhood.
A new culture and recreation hall will make it possible to prioritize physical education at the school, while also rethinking after school activities for different generations. The idea is that the building will create a new active terrain that can be used for exercise and a meeting place for the people of the neighborhood for events etc…
The Culture Center’s placement at Kildevældsparken makes it possible to create a relationship between nature and culture. Today, it is hard to see the park because of the dense vegetation that creates a wall between the school and park. By opening up the park and the residential area we create a synthesis between the culture center, school, park and city. We think of the culture center as a landscape surface that creates different possibilities for new types of activities. By including the the spatial elements of the park with the building, we build a bridge between the school, the cultural center and the park.
The cultural center opens up to the world around it- not just in the way that it looks but also in its physical formation and connection to visitors. We imagine that the cultural center could be connected to the west wing of the school via an active space inviting to the existing ground floor that will contain a cafe, meeting rooms, creative workshops, and a library. The new entrances with its transparent facades will activate the front of the building between Kildevældsparken and the school giving it more visibility and interaction between the residents and users.
The cultural center builds on the idea that the school’s facilities should be multifunctional, The new center will supplement with a new cultural and recreational facilities. The new hall has space for ball-sports and different types of movement, play, and theater, concerts etc. The culture and recreational hall must be formed it can easily be changed and used for cultural activities after school.
Instead of the ‘classic hall’ that turns its back to its surroundings, there will be an active edge zone on all sides, relating to the green elements of the park. This is done by lowering the floor of the hall and flattening its roof to meet the same level as the park. There will be a green roof and it will be integrated with the park and create new opportunities for relaxation, play, movement on and under the surface.

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