Church, Cultural space and roof-top garden
Laust Sørensen, Michael Droob, Aurelién Barbry, Ule Grineviciute, Sophie Nimb, Pauli Rikaniemi
It's not every day you have the opportunity to propose a new church in Copenhagen. It is even a church that wants to unite the sacred with a rich and varied cultural life, in a wonderful gesture to areas residents. In the user survey is a quote: "The church must be progressive, it must be forward-looking, it should do it all! It should be an old church, which is super modern ". At first it might seem a little inconsistent, but this desire has been an invaluable driver for us.
The project is thus driven by contrasts: Monumentality is given a human scale. A Hard expression is combined with soft values. Heaviness and lightness meet as well as light and darkness and the simple functionality is complex in its usefulness. The cultural space opens completely to the surroundings and welcomes you. Workplaces have a stronger social dimension by offering an enhanced Community for the employees, and the church unites the earth with the light of the sky. The roof-top garden offers an oasis for everyone, with room for both reflection and togetherness.
COPENHAGEN SOUTH HARBOUR
1. PLACE AND PROGRAM
The site is 1000 m2. The program of the building is 3000 m2.
2. ACCESS TO WATER
The entire ground floor is used for the cultural space, accessible to the public. A large staircase gives a direct access to the water
3. PUBLIC LIFE IN BASIC PLAN
The constructive elements contain all the cultural space functions. One can seep through the inbetween spaces from all directions.
4. ACCESS TO THE ROOF
There is access to the roof surface to the south. The church space creates a canopy to the north.
5. LANDMARKS, VIEWS AND COMMUNITY
The building's volume is adjusted to its surroundings. The tower becomes a landmark. A view to the harbor. The workplaces are united.
6. ROOFTOP GARDEN AND REFLECTION
On the roof we make a big public rooftop garden containing a reflective water garden.
7. THE LIGHT AND THE BELL
In a traditional church tower you place a bell. We choose to move the bell outside and use the whole tower for natural light.
8. A HOUSE FULL OF LIFE
The church is an open, welcoming and vibrant place. It offers a rich and varied life to its surroundings, where there is room for contemplation.