Sundbyøster Hall II, Denmark
Municipality of Copenhagen
The Sundbyøster Hall II, or the Amager Sandwich as it has been perceptively nicknamed, is a curious three-course-meal. A meal of the kind where the ingredients should not go together, except that they do – and very successfully so. With a supermarket on the ground floor, a sports hall on first and apartments on the top floor, Dorte Mandrup has created an undaunting bespoke solution for a dense and complicated city environment.Read more ↓
Sundbyøster Hall II is an architectural 3-in-1 solution in one building, located in the district of Amager, Copenhagen.
Aside from a supermarket, the ground floor is also an entrance to the sports hall, parking facilities, and apartments. A double-height glass facade on the second floor provides pedestrians and neighbours with a direct view of the activities in the sports hall, creating a connection between the building and the surrounding city. Open to the public, the hall spans over two floors and is highly adaptable to accommodate different styles and sizes of events and sports.
Each of the functions is expressed by a unique use of materials, which are all part of the collective collage. After nightfall, the pleated red-gold wooden facade appears to be glowing due to the escaping lights from the vertical ribbon windows hitting the warm tinted wood. During daytime, the ribbon windows enable pleasant reflected daylight into the building.
12 apartments constitute the top floor of the building, all with an aluminium covered bay window from floor to ceiling, and each containing its own private atrium and rooftop terrace. A brand new typology has been created: Courtyard houses on a city roof.