Waterfront Culture Centre

Kengo Kuma & Associates led by Yuki Ikeguchi partner in charge, in collaboration with Cornelius Vöge, Søren Jensen engineers and architect Niles Sigsgaard, won the competition with a project that combines a waterfront culture centre, facilities for leisure and sports associations and harbor baths in a new and original way. At the same time, the project creates a unique connection between land and sea and genuinely fulfills the city of Copehagens`s vision of bringing something completely new and unique to the city and Paper Island, the press release says.

Paper Island is the waterfront area situated on Christiansholm across Nyhavn and the inner city side. The Waterfront Culture Centre takes place in a larger development plan of the island, that also includes a large housing area. – The new centre with harbor baths at Paper Island is to highlight the significance of water in the history, culture and vibrant urban life in Copenhagen. The design proposal strives to offer the diverse experiences of water in various states and conditions such as reflection of light and shadow, steam and flow that appeal to human senses. Its architectural form in a series of pyramid shape is in response to the master plan, and at the same time it expresses its unique identity, the architects explain. The project does not have one single front facade, but is multi directional to be easily recognized and accessible from various directions. An overall strategy of the architectural idea and concept has been to manipulate the composition of positive and negative volumes. Further more, to highlight the quality and aesthetic of the traditional Danish craft, brick is chosen as the dominating material. The brick façade in various levels and transparency will glow with warm light at night and in the winter season, and screen natural light and shadow on the water surface. Planned for completion in 2021, the project will feature a 5,000-square-meter facility offering both indoor and outdoor swimming areas. Photo credit: Kengo Kuma & Associates inc. were nothing else is mentioned.

 

The Waterfront Culture Centre at Paper Island have a brick facade in various levels and transparency, glowing with warm light at night. From the culture centre there is a view to the Henning Larsen-designed opera house, and on the opposite side of the water are the so called Skuespillerhuset and Nyhavn. Image credit: Luxigon.

– Its architectural form in a series of pyramid shape is in response to the master plan, and at the same time it expresses its unique identity, the architects explains. The project does not have one single front facade, but is multi directional to be easily recognized and accessible from various directions.

Planned for completion in 2021, the project will feature a 5,000-square-meter facility offering both indoor and outdoor swimming areas and facilities for leisure and sports associations and harbor baths in a new and original way.

Photo credit: Luxigon.