Community Centre Herstedlund located in Copenhagen, Denmark designed by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter provides the framework for joint activities for a new residential area, housing approximately 600 families. The site plan is based on the idea of “the forest and the glades”. The architects elaborated on this theme as they designed the building as a large stylised 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 will be a local user-driven house of culture where it is possible for multiple independent users to use the building at the same time. The building provides space for all kinds of smaller cultural events in the broadest sense. 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.