schmidt hammer lassen architects, in collaboration with contractor KPC A/S and engineering company Bascon A/S, has won the competition to design the new Sports and Administration Centre in Skanderborg, Denmark. The new 18,000 square metres multifunctional building will include administrative facilities for Skanderborg Municipality, as well as new sports facilities accessible to the public. schmidt hammer lassen architects aimed for a projects that is “informal, open, accessible and in close contact with the natural surroundings”.
The complex was divided functionally in four distinct zones: arrival, meeting centre, sports facilities and administrator centre. All zones will be linked together by outdoor arrival area that will run throughout the entire complex. The openness of the complex contributes even further to the idea that all functions of the buildings are informal and accessible to all.
With our project we create an architectural interpretation of the contact point between citizens and the municipality. The functions of the building are open and accessible and the project makes good use of the great potential of the surrounding landscape.
It is a place where citizens meet and interact in an open and dynamic setting- in the middle of nature.
– John Foldbjerg Lassen – founding partner of schmidt hammer lassen architects
The design of the sports centre has the possibility to open towards the outdoor landscape, creating opportunities for events to take place both indoors and outdoors. Having a seating capacity of 1,700 spectators, the sports centre will consist of a double hall that can be divided into two handball fields.
The administrative zone was designed as a dynamic and flexible interior office space with a capacity of 700 work spaces.
The outdoor areas have been carefully integrated throughout the complex. The concept the architects were striving for was to create a complex where there are no boundaries between landscape and buildings, as well as to create an open and inviting environment.
The landscape plays an active part in how to experience the entire complex. We create a place where inside and outside merge — a place that invites active use and relaxation — both during and after opening hours. Here citizens can come to receive guidance from the municipality staff and enjoy nature, play, run, get challenged and be inspired.
– Trine Berthold – associate partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects
The architects have incorporated several sustainable measures into the projects such as optimized use of daylight, natural ventilation and an efficient building envelope. Green walls were incorporated into the interior of buildings to increase biodiversity and contribute to a good indoor climate. Green plants were also used as solar screening on selected facades. The aim is to gain DGNB Silver certification.
Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Client: Skanderborg Municipality
Area: 18,424 square metres (198,314 square feet)
Competition: 2013, 1st prize in PPP competition
Expected completion date: autumn 2016
Contractor: KPC A/S
Engineer: Bascon A/S
Landscape architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects
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