Community Centre Herstedlund provides the framework for joint activities for a new residential area, housing approximately
600 families. The site plan, designed by Juul & Frost, is based on the idea of “the forest and the glades”. We elaborated
on this theme as we designed the building as a large stylized tree at the edge of a glade.
The programme of the building had to be very open and with the possibility to grow along with the new inhabitants. The community
centre should be able to incorporate many different ages and interests over time, and many types of communities from the informal
meeting around an event, summer festival, a big football or presentation to the special interests and common eating. It should
be available to be used at all hours for teaching, dancing, sports, theatre, aerobics, yoga, barbecue, lectures, bridge tournament,
children's theatre and weddings.
To exploit the square feet available we cross-programmed the scheme to use the building and surrounding area both independently
and in a flow of spatial connections. To emphasize the possibility of mix use, you may enter the building on both ground floor
and directly to the first floor by an outdoor staircase.
The Community Centre is surrounded by common outdoor activities. A skate board ramp climbs the wall on one side, mountaineering
wall on the other and through a hatch in the wall the indoor kitchen is connected to an outdoor barbequing area and eating
The Performance Space on the first floor extends the building's layout by adding a staircase for audience to the volume. The
walls lean out and emphasize a stage floor measuring approximately 50 m². It is possible to close the room by shutting a sliding
gate in the wall towards the entry. When closed, the stage floor may also be used for smaller events.
When open the Performance space is connected by an open staircase to the multipurpose area on the second floor. The multipurpose
space is the largest common space measuring 125 m². Connecting the performance space is the perfect spatial combination for
common eating and parties.
The Roof terrace offers 145 m² on the third floor under the sun. It has direct access from the main staircase and lift and
contains a water line and a small enclosed court yard for ball playing. It is an out door space, covered with a net catching
basket balls astray.
DESIGN AND MATERIALS:
The construction is concrete columns and a deck construction of Filigree slabs. Stabilizing concrete elements represents the
lift/stair case core. The closed facades are self-supporting sandwich elements in steel and the glass panels consist of energy
glass with wood/alu -frames.
External cladding is carried out in a combination of solid or perforated anodized aluminium plates. Interior walls are made
of concrete and plaster. The floor on the ground level is slip-resistant vinyl and the overlying levels are painted industrial
floors. Ceilings are constructed of fibre glass stretched lanes with underlying acoustic absorbents and basic lighting.
The project meets the Tier 2 Energy, and has the following environmental initiatives included:
- Solar panels on top of the stair cases in combination with soil heating.
- Differential ventilation principles (Full mechanical, hybrid and control ventilation).
- Possibility for thermo active decks using soil heating for cooling in the summer.
- Collected Rainwater is used for flushing.
- Omission of hot water in toilets.
- Motion-controlled taps and lighting..