The Crystal - Sport and Culture House
Municipality of Gentofte
Studies from the early 2000's concluded that Copenhagen S (Amager) is the sportiest area in the country; meaning the area with the highest number of citizens doing sports regularly. At the same time, it was an area with hardly any sports facilities available. The building of a new sports and culture house in 2006 helped change that. Nicknamed “The Crystal” because of its semi-translucent membrane made out of polycarbonate that allows for the inner light to escape into the dark Copenhagen night, The Crystal has become somewhat of a local landmark.Read more ↓
Flexibility is a keyword in the construction of the Crystal. That and well….green! The inner landscape is green which creates a coherency that allows the various areas of the facility to seem visually and spatially connected – even when they are apart or on different levels.
The scheme's most pronounced feature, however, is the large translucent membrane that stretches between the sports arena and the four characteristic end walls of the neighbouring buildings. The building´s steel and timber structure is covered with opalescent polycarbonate panels with a low U-value. This translucent cover offers excellent daylight conditions and at night the structure resembles a glowing crystal.