Birkerød Sports and Leisure Centre

Construction year: 2008
Address: Bistrupvej 1, 3460 Birkerød | COPENHAGEN | Denmark
Latitude/Longitude: 55.8298, 12.4279

This newly completed sports and leisure complex in Birkerod north of Copenhagen has a distinctive, sculptural quality, further enhanced by the building’s essential transparency. The building’s organic curves echo the surrounding undulating landscape.

The complex is designed to be multifunctional and includes a large hall of 2,300 square metres with enough space to accommodate two handball courts with accompanying mobile spectator stands as well as a VIP lounge. In addition, there are two smaller halls allowing the complex not only to accommodate major sporting events, concerts and other cultural events, but also school sporting events and small, local sports initiatives requiring more intimate settings.

The new centre is located adjacent to existing football pitches and the old public swimming baths, both of which have benefitted from the investment in that a new grandstand for the football pitch and larger swimming baths have been built.

The building’s facades have been decorated by the Danish artist Astrid Krog and is an example of the close collaboration between artist and architect that is often to be found in the work of the practice. Black circles form interlinking patterns when the louvres are closed. The translucent cladding brings a glowing quality to the natural daylight filtering through to the interior spaces. The facades were developed especially for this building project and have since been honoured by inclusion in the Danish Ministry of Culture’s Canon for Design and Handicrafts.

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