Project in Detail
Gentofte, Copenhagen, Denmark
SRL Architects / NORD Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark
Simon Ladefoged - Photographer Simon Ladefoged
Collaboration project – NORD Architects / Søren Robert Lund Architects
Ordrup is a compact hybrid building with emphasis not only on design but also on the content.
It is developed in a user driven design process where a library, sports facilities, auditorium and teaching are weaved into one consistent building. The green iconographic envelope are embracing these programs in one gesture allowing the difference of each component to become one.
The idea about an outer and inner compression / deformity is underlined in the choice of materials, where the outer shape is defined by a green glass fiber coated façade which opens up, like a portal to the inner deformity. In the interior, the border between the different functions, are a mix between concrete surfaces and open glass areas. These compressions and deformation motif are used on the vertical surfaces and in the horizontal organization of the building and is recognizable as two different elements weaved together.
-In ground level all floors are green as a carpet of artificial grass.
-On the first floor the grass and by that the nature, is pulled up by the green slopes and creating a bridge throughout the building from east to west.
As a central crossing point in the building the main stair and the amfi stair are placed as an element that both express the vertical deformity of the figure, but also uses the horizontal surfaces in the building. The stair is designed like a sculpture steel element and this gives the motif to the rest of the building surfaces covered with steel.
The iconographic character of the design allows for a renegotiation of the typology of the cultural building. It neither expresses the dryness and dullness of the library nor the rigidity of the sports building. The envelopes iconographic nature instead becomes a openness of interpretation, a building that will grow with its use. It becomes a building that reinterprets the historian Greek gymnasium where body and soul where given equal weight.
A building that will interact with its community and perform as a new platform for developing cultural services for people of the twenty first century.
NORD Architects http://www.nord-web.dk/
Søren Robert Lund Architects http://www.srlarkitekter.dk/
SRL Architects / NORD Architects