Develop creative solutions from artistic concepts through to detailed design with a specialist knowledge of materials and structure and the fine craft of architecture. Investigate the design, refurbishment and re-use of existing and new build structures using cutting edge tools and 3D computational methods. With an emphasis on building technology develop your portfolio with complex project briefs in a professional environment.
National Centre for Contemporary/Experimental Music
The National Centre of Contemporary/Experimental Music contributes to Denmark's unique cultural identity and diversity through music. It is facilitating the creation, production, presentation and engagement with new electronic music and creating outreach opportunities with Denmark's diverse communities in order to enrich people’s experience with sound and promote the appreciation of new electronic music.
The National Centre encourages emerging musicians and students from diverse backgrounds in the free expression of their unique musical skills. It provides a number of different workshops and studios for activities such as laptop performance, playing musical pads and other musical instruments that create electronic sounds. It also offers public exhibition area for contemporary art inspired by electronic music, many leisure areas, bars, restaurants and performing spaces such as a concert hall and a nightclub where students and established musicians could express their individual skills.
The Student Production Centre for Alternative Music:
The project that I have embarked on throughout the course of the year is set in Copenhagen, Denmark. It sets to transform an area within the city in terms of its social aspirations, and improve society and culture for the better. With this intention, I have created a centre that caters for a minority of people that represent a major part of musical and societal history within the capital. This centre is a teaching, practice and recording facility for music students. The building itself is composed of a series of intimate spaces that are designed to provide an appropriate atmosphere for the genres of music that are encompassed in the term ‘alternative’. The primary use of the building is for the students, and the public to visit and interact with the building purely as guests. The first and second floors are for private student use while having the ground floor used as a level that allows the students and the public to integrate, as well as showcase their musical talents.
Copenhagen has a reputation as a ‘forward thinking city’, this is in partially due to Scandinavia’s sympathetic approach to creativity, from urban development to supporting the arts and encouraging social interaction with both. This has aided its economic growth through establishing a cultural identity.
‘creativity as economic development has been used by the Danish government to create a regional identity.’
This project intends to encourage exploration of sound through the medium of visual arts. It will establish a creative community through providing resources required for making art works, such as workshops and studio spaces. It will also promote social interaction by providing leisure facilities, including bars, galleries and visitors workshops, whilst incorporating the physical building into the holistic activities of the surrounding community.
National Youth Music Project
The concept of the National Youth Music Project derived from the high percentage of young people doing drugs and alcohol in Copenhagen. The use of music therapy is incoporated into the concept to help manage addiction and help encourage a postivie and healthy lifestlyle for users. In addition to helping Copenhagen with addiction, it will be a centre for young people to come to play music getting them off the streets away from trouble. The building will service many users it being learning, playing or recording music. It will be a place creating awareness about addiction through music.
The Urban Gardens of Music And Food
In the city of Copenhagen, sits a diverse yet divided district named Valby. This district provides the setting for the Urban Gardens of Music and Food a building sprinkled in green roofs which provide for the building. Taken from the Danish tranquil idea of 'Hygge' the building aims to bring together two important joys of life - music and food. It aims to hunt the honesty of the two back to the roots and beginnings of their life, using allotments and rooftop gardens to provide the food for the building and restaurants while using buskers scatter the master plan and perform on stages throughout the building to provide new and fresh local talent. All of this is brought together through traditional markets which entice people to the building as well as the new idea of sonic seasoning - the theory that listening to music can make food taste differently. By using a traditional promotion of food and music through the market versus a new and exciting theory of sonic seasoning, food and music are used as a way of integrating the people of Valby and giving opportunities from a range of backgrounds and ages. The project gives Valby a new lease of life, with the people becoming integrated into the process of food and inspired by local food and music showcased throughout the building.
Ida is an International Music Centre Specifically designed for the Deaf and hard of hearing, their families, friends, and local community. A place that aims to encourage the Deaf to overcome psychosocial issues using music, and to bridge the gap between the public and the Deaf Culture. To inspire people of all ages to socialise, learn, and communicate through the love of music beyond sound.
Modern materials have been used in order for IDA to blend in with the surrounding context; reflective copper and glass have been used to mirror the surroundings in order to convey the idea that the Deaf have always been around, the problem is they are not noticed.
Large communal spaces have been designed to encourage social activity, overlapping balconies to allow for easy communication, and large glass features allowing plenty of light into the building so the deaf do not feel isolated. The materials used on the outside of the building have also been used in the interior, creating a feeling of continuity to help
break down deaf barriers.
Based in Valby, Copenhagen this image shows the proposed master plan. This diagram is to show the proposed building masses and the surrounding site uses. The key route through the master plan is highlighted leading to the I.C.M.A (International Centre for Music & Alzheimer's). This is a music therapy centre located to the north of a community orientated proposed scheme for an up and coming area of the liberal city of Copenhagen. Almost completely pedestrianised, this site aims to fit seamlessly into the urban fabric that is in keeping with the rest of the city.
National Centre for Music and Instrument Artistry
Valby a once thriving area on the outskirts of Copenhagen in Denmark has experienced a decline in employment, skilled labour, social well-being and culture over the past sixty years. The proposed site although empty now was once growing with industrial production and new transportation technologies. For example, the site used to accommodate an A.Stelling Paint and varnish factory campus, one of the first industrial production buildings in Valby dating back pre 1860. The proposal for a new National Centre for music and instrument artistry is aimed to improve Valby's economic troubles, boost employment, provide new skills and higher education facilities for Vably's young community. The concept is to use the negative space from the old A.Stelling Factory plans and use this to create an Architectural re-birth from Valby's industrial past. The negative space (surrounding space) will now be accommodated and the 'Ghost Factory' will be left as open space, so the site can continue to tell a story.
National Music Centre for Cymatics (NMCymatics)
The NMC is to operate as a Cymatics exhibition and educational centre that is to excite everyone interested in Music, Science and Art. The scheme is to blend the boundaries between the three disciplines in order to give a birth to a collaboration that is capable of reshaping the world around us. According to Nikola Tesla 'Everything owes its existence solely and completely to sound'. Theoretically nature, that according to many is a complete beauty that human brain is adoring the most, is a product of vibration powers. Consequently, in the near future, cymatics can become that one tool for creating naturally beautiful shapes, objects, structures, houses, skyscrapers, cities…
Backstage is a National Music Centre where musicians and the audience come together; visitors can spectate performances at their leisure in a relaxing environment. As visitors enter this structurally exposed building, they discover the whole process of how the music industry works, from composing to performing. Backstage accommodates composers, lyricists, bands and other occupants with their needs. Backstage has a bigger “Backstage” and a relatively small performance hall in comparison. This “Backstage” provides performers to rehearse in a casual setting before moving on to a professional performance.
The Vocal House
Copenhagen is a city of integration and cultural diversity. However, Valby is a disadvantaged district within it, and it lacks to provide the feeling of integration. In fact, there are big social challenges which isolate Valby from taking part of the whole of Copenhagen. Migration is a big part of the problem as well as low education and income. As a solution, the Vocal House contributes in what Valby lacks: education, social communication, creativity and togetherness. Through using the surrounding transportation system, the Vocal House aims to represent the idea of integrating and harmonising different cultures through mainly choral, but also cultural education. Choir focuses on bringing people together and the building is shaped in a way to represent it. The building eventually follows the metaphor of the harmonies in a choir and takes a welcoming colour, 4 volumes, materials, heights and 1 roof which connects them.
Blending together layouts from traditional Danish jazz clubs, with forms, nature and materiality inspired by far-eastern modernist architecture, (particularly from the works of Tadao Ando) the 'JazzKlub' is a multifunctional centre for jazz music in Valby, Copenhagen. It is a building which seeks to invigorate a declining genre back to its golden age, aiming to both teach and entertain the public about a genre of music which defined the country. The building is largely underground, inspired by historical roots of jazz; in homage to when jazz was forced underground during the Nazi occupation of Danmark in WWII. Jazz continued to be played and recorded in protest, and as such, this building is a physical manifestation and celebration of the resilience and power of jazz music.
INTEGRATING IMPERFECTION: European Centre for Jazz
Located in the northern quarter of Valby’s regenerative master plan lies the European Centre of Jazz. A landmark for the city of Copenhagen, the building will serve as a central focus to the city’s vibrant jazz culture. Its linear promenade morphs into a three-dimensional form, where the pedestrian street brings life and soul to the thriving place.
The material pallet chosen for the exterior continues into the shared internal space, suggesting that the public spaces within the building are open and inviting to the visitors, stimulating spontaneous performances and integrating imperfection.
Inspired by the way water makes its way through rock, the building is shaped around music and sound, which pierces the monolithic volume, creating a space for the public areas. These link together, allowing the building’s spirit to flow out onto the adjacent public square and the entire masterplan, aiming to intrigue the visitor using the vibrant life from within.
National Centre for African Drumming
The National Centre for African Drumming is an institution encouraging people to learn and participate in the rhythmic music of African drumming as a way of improving their physical and mental health as well as enhancing their creativity.
Ranked as the world’s most liveable city for numerous of years, Copenhagen continues to thrive more for social growth through diversity. A Policy for the disadvantaged areas of Copenhagen aims to strengthen green, health-promoting and creative growth to improve the quality of life of the city as one both physically and socially. The building and the masterplan will contribute to lifting the Valby district to Copenhagen level as a setting for a good life by advancing education, health and creative development through drum circles and music improvisation.
The Danish Centre for Music Therapy and Craft
The Danish Centre for Music Therapy and Craft seeks to path a new way of dealing with mental health in Denmark, while simultaneously celebrating Danish craft and manufacture. As of 2010, despite being listed as one of the happiest nations on earth 84% of people in Denmark would take anti-depressants at some stage in their life, compared to 66% in the UK. Music therapy has been used to treat depression, and craft has many of the same benefits as music; giving people a talking point, and allowing them to gain confidence. The Danish Centre for Music Therapy and Craft will focus on guitar craft but will also be used as wood workshops outside of opening hours. An upcycling service would be available to help fund the centre, meaning people could donate old furniture, this would be fixed in the workshop, and then sold. Both this and the manufacture of guitars mirrors the path people will take through visiting the centre; Intake, Assessment, Improvement, and Future.
The Musirynth is a playful and intricate music centre located in the heart of Valby (Copenhagen). Acting as a modern temple, the building aims to meld the musical and the mythological by embodying the significance of ancient symbols such as the spiral, the labyrinth, the serpent in its spatial design. The user is invited to become lost in a multitude of musical experiences, moving gradually from intuition, inspiration and entertainment to specialised activities involving creation and production. The Musirynth promotes playful exploration and provides a means to fulfil escapist tendencies and need for mental shelter.
The National Danish Jazz Centre
The National Danish Jazz Centre looks to promote educational Co-learning in a fluid environment, the building's unique spaces aim to progress the learining experience of the student and utilises the experience of profesional Jazz musicians to aid in the students learning. The building celebrates the rich Jazz history that Copenhagen has within Europe.
National Centre for Music and Instrumental Craft, Copenhagen.
Following on from Danish example of strong craftsmanship and music throughout its history. This proposal introduces and supports the already existing practice of craft and music as a form of art within Denmark’s creative industries.
In an ever progressing digital world, production is becoming simplified to use less labour and thus less crafting in the making of musical instruments. This is where the idea of using craftsmanship as a tool for better musical performance is introduced.
The relationship between music and craftsmanship reiterates the importance of social interaction and learning from observing and through experience.
The National Centre for Music and Instrumental craft introduces a programme of the key bespoke wood crafting of musical instruments linked with practical music study, educational and exhibition spaces. In order for a building to come together as the craft to evoke skill and the capacity to continue to develop.
The Danish National Centre for Music – Jazz Spa
The building sits at the North of a large master-planned site. The masterplan is structured with a highly integrated canal system, connected to the main harbour, similar to that of other developments in Copenhagen.
The external of the building is to host the popular Copenhagen Jazz Festival with the internal spaces devoted to a more intimate and atmospheric spa, also containing a live Jazz bar. The different spas inside and out relate the strong Danish tradition of bathing alongside the arguable connection between Jazz and water.
The building is a complex of separated blocks, to contain different programs, connected with glass walkways above and below. The cross-rhythms of Jazz are represented with the crossing of circulation and structure.
The rawness of the materiality of the building is based on the rawness of the sound of Jazz. The different textures of concrete are also used to promote the phenomenological approach exhibited throughout the building. This theory has been used given the often dark, atmospheric and experiential spaces used for the performance of Jazz.
National Centre of Danish Music Therapy
The National Centre of Danish Music Therapy, Valby, Copenhagen, promotes Music Therapy as a form of treatment for mental disorders, in a culture which is currently dominated by forms of traditional psychology.
A private treatment building controls light and shadow carefully against a rich but limited material palette. A strong connection to nature is present to create serene private therapy spaces. The training of new music therapists and research takes place within an existing but separate building located on the site. Light and materials similarly have a principal role to create quality spaces which promote creativity and development.
The scheme references Danish courtyard and street typology but in a more permeable manner. Cranked and offset forms create interior and exterior serial views, where dynamic spaces reveal themselves progressively. This allows the scheme to be sensitive to its context, whilst familiar and un-intimidating to its users.
Confidence Through Music
The primary purpose of this building is to encourage confidence in people, particularly children and teenagers, through the medium of music. The form of the building is derived from the desire to comfort rather than intimidate occupants. To achieve this, four key design criteria were set in place: warm materiality, low rise forms, emphasis on horizontality rather than verticality, and a ‘user-friendly’ façade. The building has a scalable, stepped façade which is designed to both blurs the threshold between the building’s edge and the surrounding public space as well as encourage people to interact with and get involved with what the building has to offer.
The lower set of steps curves around the public space, inviting people to sit and relax while also creating an amphitheatre for local busking musicians to build their confidence in front of an informal crowd. The step façade also leads up to a cycle and footbridge over the busy road to the North allowing the building to act as a public connection over the urban barrier created by the roadway below.
Progression of Music
The progressive journey exploring the transitional stages of music through the experience of musical elements shaping the architectural language.
A concept formed through the accumulation of Music, Danish Design and the 'Green' masterplan it sits within to create the idea of Instrumental craftsmanship. To provide Valby and its wider context of Copenhagen with an opportunity to be enriched by its nation's creative culture and Jazz heritage.
A journey will provide the public with knowledge on how the instrument is first crafted, to what impact Jazz has had on Denmark, past and present, along with the side of learning the instrument. To then lead on to composing music and the finale of witnessing the final performance.
The embodiment of this journey will be encapsulated by Musical forms within the architectural language, to provide the user with a sense of connection within the building its self, feeling the space move within them.
Aquatic Music Centre
The scheme driving concept is to bring the existing architecture and activities that once linked the former industrial district to the rest of Copenhagen and to revive the ignored site and create a space that can emerge as the new centrepiece at the heart of Valby by purposing a National Centre of Music. The Aquatic Music Centre scheme is based around the water culture in Copenhagen and the water can be used to shape and create the different atmosphere, thereby enhancing the power of music in order to motivate people engaging with music and experiencing music. The innovative music centre design aims to revive the ignored site and spread the culture of Copenhagen through connections in water and music
Danish School of Electronic Music and Art
Copenhagen, Denmark’s Capital is renowned for its vibrant city life and cobbled bike friendly streets, however, it is its nightlife and art scene, which is at the heart of this project. The Danish school of Electronic Music and Art rejuvenates a run- down area of the city providing education to students from the city and internationally. The scheme allows students of music production and graphic arts to collaborate closely and have their creations become part of the cities annual Distortion festival. The building explores the effect technology has on our perception of the visual and audible. It contains small learning pods, large art studios, projection rooms and public exhibition spaces. During daylight hours the building sits amongst the urban fabric, however as evening approaches the doubled skin façade comes alive as it allows light to pass through from within.
Nowadays, music can be an entertainment to us, as well as medicine, which is prescribed in a skilled manner by trained therapists. With the transformative power of music, I believe everyone has the rights to enjoy it, including my target audience, the Deaf and blind.
With the development of advanced technology, deaf people can experience music festival in a rucksack to feel vibrations. My building has incorporated with this idea and bring an unforgettable experience journey to them for music discovery and innovation. Besides, a learning centre is located nearby for continuous understanding and appreciation of music by providing various education and outreach activities.
Meanwhile, disabled musicians will be invited to perform in our auditorium weekly. They will stay in our accommodation during the music touring. Teachers in the learning centre and deafblind who joined ‘one-day experience’ will be staying in as well.
The Fun City
Welcome to the Fun City, a multifunctional building created to examine, learn and experience a neurological phenomenon called chromesthesia. Chromosthesia is described as the eliciting of visual images by aural stimuli. A gift which is only present in 4% of the population and consists in the association of different pitches and tonnes to certain colours which in turn produces specific feelings. My building is born with the experience of this phenomenon through a series of spaces that are placed along the upper level of the building, as if floating in mid-air, that associate different pieces of music per colour of the room. The idea is to recreate the concept of ascending from reality to abstract and experimenting this surrealistic combination of music and audio-visuals.This piece of architecture is created with both programmed spaces and free spaces for the public to interact and activate the space through experience. The important and fundamental element is to share ideas, learn and have fun.
Musial Adventure Centre/Music Centre of Adventures
Music Centre of Adventures is a place celebrating the journey every child takes to reach adulthood. Valby area is popular amongst young families and schools that are looking for a communal space for socialising, passing knowledge and spending free time. By being exposed to music from early age, the youngsters enhance their Iearning skills which vastIy contributes towards their development. Therefore, schools which are lacking proper music education are encouraged to book up the space run by professional teaching staff and enjoy the cosy and playful environment, reminiscent of long-forgotten adventure playgrounds that were once an important part of Danish culture. Different routes throughout the building, playful or more formal, make moving around a real experience and the changing colours of the copper facade are a metaphor for a process of growth and becoming mature.
Copenhagen’s National Centre of Music and Culture
An ever-changing population is the main driver behind this project. The population of Copenhagen is a multicultural haven, with people from all kinds of backgrounds and beliefs living in one city. The question that this stirs up, is whether or not these people really understand each other and whether they can truly appreciate the heritage that their fellow Copenhageners derive from?
The aim of this project is to help develop an understanding of one another through the medium of education, experience and music. In attempting to achieve this, an interfaith dialogue will be formed, and ultimately a comprehension between the vast variation of people that live in Copenhagen.
Subtle representation is a key feature in the design, with specific spaces representing certain aspects of each of the religions. Many of these spaces are intended for contemplation, all with the aim of attempting to unify the population of Copenhagen.
Valby Festival Hall
Valby Festival Hall reverses the current condition of the site from a barrier to an enabler by creating new connections between the adjacent residential and commercial areas. The building manifests as the heart of Valby by introducing a cultural centr with a nationwide draw. The premise for the building is to create physical and metaphysical connections by enhancing the cross fertilisation of ideas and skills by providing places of work for numerous different crafts from carpentry to music performance.
National Centre for Music
The project has begun with the visit to Copenhagen, which was probably the most important aspect of the successful outcome. This allowed me as individual to physically explore the city, analyse it and record how it functions on daily basis. Being able to communicate with people and becoming knowledgeable about their culture, this leads to local’s ideas having great influence in the development of the project.
Denmark is known to be cycling nation, around 56% of Copenhageners who work in the city commute by bike every day. The site that we have been given blocks a lot of potential routes. I have chosen to develop the masterplan as well the National Centre for Music and Craft to create a lot of different routes which will enable more efficient local commute. The National Centre will form the heart of Valby’s aspirations. The centre will include workshops and studios which will help to develop and promote music in Valby. Craft is the aspect in this building which will allow users to express their feelings through the process of crafting instruments.
Denmarks National Centre for Music & Experimentation of Musical Therapy.
My masterplan concept is an extension of Copenhagens cycle culture by creating a playful elevated cycle route network shooting out from the site following specific desire lines. The building itself over 6 floors to accommodate different of users; children expanding their cerebral capabilities through learning how to play instruments, people attending a festival or the mental health clients diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Parkinsons, dementia and depression undergoing musical therapy provided by Lundbeck (existing pharmaceutical company on the site).
The building also brings some of the life from the street festivals in Copenhagen like Distortion, the Jazz Festival and the National Opera Festival to the Valby area which is about 7km south-west of the centre of the city. To emulate and provide an atmosphere to the surrounding the building. I designed adaptable structures that circumscribe different activities that can be rearranged to suit different modalities throughout the year.
In my urban planning, I am trying to assimilate and integrate those two areas to create diversity. The element of nature is very important in Copenhagen as we can see many gardens and parks in the surrounding. So green space become the dominant area which is spreading to the whole site. This can also provide a good experience for the majority of cycling. the recreational areas are divided into two areas. the recreational area on the left side has a music centre and public open area. Whereas on the right side, there is a shopping centre. The rooftop of the shopping centre is open to the piblic which provides a nice view of the whole site.
These two recreational areas are placed in the two ends. On the other hand, as the wind direction is from the south-west, office buildings in the commercial area (yellow) are relatively tall in order to block the wind. The way of designing the commercial area is based on the west context (commercial buildings). As the main road on the west is a busy road, I suggest to creating attraction with restaurant, cafe, and supermarket slow down the busy road so as to reduce the traffic noise. In terms of living, houses and apartments are provided o the left side of the site. Behind the appartments, there is a school with a playground.
Copenhagen Luthier Centre
Denmark is facing a mass migration of people moving from the countryside or from other countries to the city of Copenhagen. The question of “who is it affected by this migration?” raises a sensitive debate and it refers to a bigger issue: how can we integrate them?
Statistics has shown that children are affected by this process of moving and most of them suffer from culture shock, depression, stress, anxiety and the fear of “not belonging”. How can we leave our future in the hands of a generation disturbed by these struggles?
Copenhagen Luthier Centre offers a programme of integrating this frustrated youth culture and maltreated immigrants into society through a series of workshops, music and dance classes that are focusing on cultural exchange between individuals.
The centre’s name reflects the process of “manufacturing” or “repairing” musical instruments. Copenhagen Luthier Centre is a factory of creating a better and creative new generation, following the concept of “children as musical instruments”.
The National Centre of Movement
As a city bursting with energy, Copenhagen evokes a sense of excitement in the way people move and explore the city. The proposed project tackles the issues surrounding the restrictions placed on the traditional teachings of the Royal Danish Ballet, which is hindering their evolution into contemporary ballet.
The National Centre of Movement will rehouse the Royal Danish Ballet whilst offering a contemporary shell for the dancers to create experimental yet traditionally driven dance. The bridges, ramps and break-out
performance spaces running through the building create a fluid environment for expressive performances.
The building will additionally offer community dance classes for all ages in order to encourage movement and a healthy lifestyle for the inhabitants of the surrounding areas and create a sense of community. The building will also house two auditoriums for the professional dancers and musicians as well as the community dancers who will perform and watch productions.
A National Centre For Contemporary Experimental Music And Sound Art
Based in the thriving cultural capital city of Denmark, this proposal provides accommodation for the SNYK organisation that foots the Danish Centre for Contemporary Experimental Music and Sound Art. With their principle aim to draw in and distribute experimental musicians and sound artists, this facility provides physical and visual interactions between professionals and members of the wider community in an enthralling environment. This is ideal for Valby, an area bursting with impressionable youngsters.
As with the undulating sculptural landscape portraying experimental notation, the resource will allow visitors to break away from traditional means of regimented learning, demonstrating how self-exploration can lead to a unique personal style of expression. This will aid not only in musical appreciation but also personal and social development.
Danish Academy of Traditional Music Craft
The project itself is personal. As Kobenhavn is a home for people from different nationalities who
create the diverse creativity of the city, the building aims to propose the integration of cultural diversity
into the Danish system and lifestyle.
Because of that, the building has to complement the idea and achieve personal spaces - that would provoke feelings
and architecture would be approached through senses. By going through stages of the concept, it suggests
an emotional understanding of the process of musical instrument making. And it all envelopes around folk music,
used as well as a metaphor for a continuous journey through the history and traditions of a country.
The building aims to unite those nationalities by collecting traditional instruments. This would
provide the opportunity for cultural experience through craftsmanship and it suggests the idea of
music being created by the community for the community. In order to achieve those, the journey goes
through stages which provide opportunities for interacting, learning and experiencing one’s culture,
all of which explored through the senses. Emphasis is made on controlling the light, materials, smell
and sound to predict one’s experience.
House Of Valboy
Copenhagen is home to one of Europe’s biggest skate scenes, with over 15,000 active skaters. Valboy is a Danish skate brand created for the sake of the project. The House of Valboy aims to accommodate for the skating community by offering a space for them to enjoy and make their own. The building features two venues suitable for use as night clubs and for other musical events. The purpose of the venues is to attract youth and allow revenue to be generated which can then be used to sponsor young skating talent in Denmark, allowing them to become professional without moving to America. It also aims to allow youth to get involved with music as it features music facilities, in an effort to give young people the opportunity to pursue their musical aspirations.
Valby, Masterplan and National Centre for Visual and Performing Arts
The proposed masterplan is dealing with urban regeneration of Valby in Copenhagen, by the reuse of a large number of existing buildings and the integration of new urban spaces. One of the mainstay visions has been to create an interplay between education, cultural life and the immediate urban environment which to foster interaction between different people. As part of the urban regeneration, the proposal for National Centre for Visual and Performing Arts aims to encourage more people to visit Valby and turn it into more vibrant and artistic place. By addressing the so-called 'lower senses and evoking synesthetic perceptions, the aim of the building and its programme is to create a multi-sensory experience that gives a fresh perspective on the links between music, dance, and visual art. The form reflects the concept of the building. The organic shape of the interior is inspired by the negative space between two dancing bodies. Encouraging a cross-disciplinary approach to dance and art, the N.C.V.P.A. wants to generate curiosity among the public and students in regards to innovative dance practices, interactive exhibitions and performances, organised dance classes and art workshops.