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.