Denmark's Community Center Herstedlund boasts a refined modern facade that is every bit as dynamic as its interior. The project features a skate board ramp and a rock climbing wall that can be be used by the local community at any time of day, and the building's facade is composed of a combination of opaque and translucent panels that allow for plenty of daylighting throughout the year. Located in Alberstlund, the center was designed by Dorte Mandrop Arkitekter Architects, who envisioned the project as a sort of contemporary tree at the edge of the glades.
Dorte Mandrop Arkitekter Architects designed the project with sustainability in mind, and it meets Tier 2 Energy standards. The center’s green building strategies include solar panels, passive cooling systems, and thermo-active decks for energy-efficient heating. In addition, the building collects rainwater for flushing toilets and motion-controlled lights ensure efficient use of electricity by the building’s occupants.
The interior of the building is flexible enough to change and grow with the surrounding community, and it can be used around the clock for activities such as teaching, dancing, sports, yoga, and barbeques. The first floor is dedicated to performances, while the second floor contains a multipurpose/multi-functional classroom space. The third floor features an open roof and a fenced-in terrace that provides safety during recreational activities.