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Bordings Independent School by Dorte Mandrup Architects

Bordings Independent School by Dorte Mandrup Architects, photo by Torben Eskerod

Earlier this year the Danish Dorte Mandrup Architects realised the extension of the Bordings Independent School close to the beautiful lakes of Østerbro in Copenhagen.

View from the school yard

View from the school yard, photo by Torben Eskerod

Here is what the architects explain:

The site and surroundings
The existing buildings of Bordings Independent School are beautifully situated by the lakes in Copenhagen. The main building is set back from the road, and the façade towards the lakes is primarily shaped by the new building, the gym and the gates toward the two courts of the school.
The school is situated between two urban structures, the traditional block-structure with 4-5 storey buildings and the close and intimate structure of the row houses “Kartoffelrækkerne”.
The façade facing the lakes is characterized by the alternation between the block structure and the row house structure, the expression is diverse and green.

Extension of the Bordings Independent School by Dorte Mandrup Architects, photo by Torben Eskerod

Extension of the Bordings Independent School by Dorte Mandrup Architects, photo by Torben Eskerod

Architectural main-idea
The urban main idea is to create a building that expresses the transition between the larger scale of the block-structure and the smaller and more intimate scale of the row houses. Despite the site’s location in the extension of the traditional block and to emphasize the transition to a smaller scale, the building is located as a separate element between the two scale steps.
Through a shift in the main volume of the façade, the building is cut away from the existing building, and thereby is perceived as a separated yet harmonious part of the façade as a whole.

The composition of the new building is sculptural as opposed to the surface composition of the block to enhance the depth in the transition from the street façade to the school courtyard behind.

The new building is formed to ensure a large degree of flexibility, so the use of the inner spaces can change over time.

The building consists of three elements: the imprint into the ground, the volume and the screen

The imprint

An area larger than the footprint of the building is excavated creating a courtyard-area below the existing courtyard. This opens the lower façade to the light, and creates an extra outer space in relation to the basement.

Façade made of perforated Corten Steel, photo by Torben Eskerod

Façade made of perforated Corten Steel, photo by Torben Eskerod

The Volume

The concrete slabs are carried by the facades parallel to the existing neighbouring building. This creates a maximum of flexibility without carrying pillars or dividing walls. Towards east and west the facades are fully glazed for a maximum of light transmission. The carrying facades are done in recycled bricks from the building that was demolished from the site. The tradition of the pupils being allowed to do an inscription in a brick is thereby carried on into the new building and the future of the school.

The Screen

The screen is done in perforated Corten Steel. It is folded around the corner and the new balcony to create a façade parallel to the façade of the existing gym. The difference between the façade line and the rectangle of the volume creates a depth in the façade that diffuses and brings warmth to the light before entering the building. The screen thus works as a sunscreen as well as a visual screen towards the street. Finally cuts in the screen frames specific views towards the lake.

Basement, Bordings Independent School by Dorte Mandrup Architects, photo by Torben Eskerod

Basement, Bordings Independent School by Dorte Mandrup Architects, photo by Torben Eskerod

Entry

The building is entered from the big excavated staircase towards east and from the two steel staircases towards east and west.

The Basement

The basement houses the music classes for amplified music, a small recording studio and storage. The music classroom can be opened through a large sliding door towards the outside space and the large staircase that can serve as seating for an audience on summer nights.

Ground Floor

The ground floor consists of one large room serving primarily as classroom for music classes for acoustical instruments and at the same time as a gathering hall for the daily gatherings and special events for the whole school. Toilet, wardrobe and storage are placed in a zone towards the existing neighbouring building.

First Floor

The first floor also consists of one room for the art and crafts classes. In the corner, and in open connection to the primary room, large sinks and steel tables are placed in a niche. The storage zone is again placed towards the existing neighbour.

Materials and construction

The house is built as a simple concrete structure with an outer brick façade in recycled bricks. The screen is done in perforated corten steel sheets. Both materials patinate beautifully and need no maintenance.

The facades are done in oil treated hardwood frames with outside mullions of painted aluminium.

The basements walls inside and out are done in on-site cast concrete. The upper staircases are done in painted steel. The floors are done in linoleum.

to the Dorte Mandrup Architects website

Apartment Harbour Isle by Lundgaard and Tranberg Architects

Apartment Harbour Isle by Lundgaard and Tranberg Architects

Harbour Isle Apartments by the Danish architect are part of the new Havneholmen area of Copenhagen, which is known as a former industrial area that has been transformed into a residential and business zone, taking better advantage of the harbour front location.

A former industrial area has been transformed into a residential and business zone

A former industrial area has been transformed into a residential and business zone

The project consists of 236 apartments in two U-shaped blocks with inner courtyards opening towards the harbour. Varying heights of 5 to 8 storeys visually reduce the scale of the project and, along with the thin proportions of the glass partitions, give the white façades a light and graceful appearance. The entire project, including the projecting bays, is rendered in warm white stucco with teak fenestration, giving the entire project a maritime feel.

Apartment Harbour Isle by Lundgaard and Tranberg Architects

Apartment Harbour Isle by Lundgaard and Tranberg Architects

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The new center is intended to be an innovative forum combining visual art and music, providing a driving cultural force for the region of central Jutland, Denmark.

The new center is intended to be an innovative forum combining visual art and music, providing a driving cultural force for the region of central Jutland, Denmark.

Herning Museum of Contemporary Art will open to the public on September 9, 2009 uniting three distinct cultural institutions: the Herning Center of the Arts, the MidWest Ensemble and the Socle du Monde.

The Museum will display its large permanent collection of Arte Povera works.

The Museum will display its large permanent collection of Arte Povera works.

A fusion of landscape and architecture, the landscape of grass mounds and reflecting pools aligns with a geometry of curved roof sections in a new building that houses permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a 150-seat auditorium, music rehearsal rooms, a restaurant, a media library, and administrative offices all on one level.

Fabric tarps were inserted into the formwork to yield a fabric texture to the building’s exterior walls of white concrete.

Fabric tarps were inserted into the formwork to yield a fabric texture to the building’s exterior walls of white concrete.

Herning’s longstanding relationship with textiles and the textile industry, as well as the museum’s large collection of original works by Piero Manzoni (in total 46 works) forms the inspiration for the building’s design concept. The museum is sited near Herning’s original Angli shirt factory, and the shirt collar-shaped plan of its 1960s building has inspired the shape of the new museum building.

 

continue article @ Architonic

Thu 9.7.

Coco by Skagerak

Posted by NoéMie Schwaller on 09.07.2009 - Tagged as: , ,

Coco by Skagerak

Coco by Skagerak

Danish manufacturer Skagerak recently introduced the Coco lounge chair. Coco is designed by Danish furniture designer Hans Thyge. As the name suggests, the inspiration comes from a coconut cut through diagonally. The chair is an attractive, sculptural piece of garden furniture and at the same time a comfortable lounge chair for balmy summer evenings. Coco is made from maintenancefree SunLoom Fibre®.

Design by Hans Thyge

Design by Hans Thyge

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