Neighbourhood Centre, Jemtelandsgade
Municipality of Copenhagen
Often called one of the most beautiful public spaces in Copenhagen, the Neighbourhood Centre of Jemtelandsgade is living proof that nothing is more attractive than the combination of beauty and brains. Emptying an old industrial building from 1880, Dorte Mandrup created an unconventional arrival point for the new neighbourhood centre and added an interpretation of a treehouse in the shape of an assembly hall balancing on crooked concrete columns. Not your garden-variety neighbourhood centre! Most importantly, the centre has succeeded in housing everything from conferences and debates to concerts and children's theatre and is now the centre of gravity for local democracy and networks.Read more ↓
Today, the centre also houses a local library and a café as well as office facilities on the upper floors.
The structural changes to the existing building consist primarily of the partial removal of the existing floor decks in order to create a new, triple-high foyer space running the length of the building.
In addition to this, the supporting structure in the assembly hall consists of an exposed framework of plywood covered with thermal glazing panels in pine frames.