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Taastrup Theater Renovation Boasts a Stunning Prismatic Facade

Posted By Mike Chino On August 31, 2010 @ 7:25 pm In Architecture,Green Building,Green renovation | 1 Comment

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COBE [2] was originally called upon to improve the energy efficiency of the Taastrup Theater [3], an aging concrete structure situated in a social housing neighborhood in Copenhagen. The architects went above and beyond their brief by devising a visually-striking second skin [4] for the building that insulates the interior structure while extending the theater’s area.

Inspired by the opening curtains of a theatrical production, the building’s façade is composed of acrylic prisms accented by red lights that signify the start of each play. The newly-extended interior space features an open foyer, an arrival area, and a café. The opacity and positioning of the pyramids is carefully controlled to allow in the optimal amount of daylight [5] without overheating the interior, and operable windows allow for natural ventilation [6] when the mercury rises.

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The interior of the old theater has been completely re-organized to improve accessibility to the restrooms and the café while consolidating the bar, box office, and administration into a single unit that requires a single attendant. The addition of several new entrances and exits grants the renovated theater an additional measure of flexibility and the ability to accommodate a variety of events. At night the entire structure emits a warm glow that welcomes theater-goers into the interior space. COBE’s Taastrup Theater renovation has been shortlisted in the 2010 World Architecture Festival [8] for the New and Old category.

+ COBE [2]

+ Taastrup Theater [3]

Via Bustler [9]

Photos by Stamers Kontor

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/Taastrup-ed03.jpg

[2] COBE: http://www.cobe.dk/

[3] Taastrup Theater: http://www.taastrupteater.dk/opslag.asp?side=42

[4] second skin: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/30/modern-mexican-school-keeps-cool-with-solar-shading-skin/

[5] daylight: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/24/the-eyelids-of-10-hills-place-by-ala/

[6] natural ventilation: http://www.inhabitat.com/page/4/?s=natural+ventilation

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/Taastrup-lead02.jpg

[8] 2010 World Architecture Festival: http://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/

[9] Bustler: http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/taastrup_theater_by_cobe

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