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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
A local community theater in Copenhagen's Taastrup neighborhood recently received an incredible energy efficiency retrofit that encapsulates the existing building within a tessellated façade of translucent pyramids. Designed by COBE, the Taastrup Theater renovation boasts a beautiful multi-faceted skin that insulates the interior while allowing daylight to filter in. The renovated theater also benefits from a simplified program, an expanded floor plan, and increased connectivity with its surrounding community.
COBE  was originally called upon to improve the energy efficiency of the Taastrup Theater , 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  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  without overheating the interior, and operable windows allow for natural ventilation  when the mercury rises.
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  for the New and Old category.
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Via Bustler 
Photos by Stamers Kontor
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/Taastrup-ed03.jpg
 COBE: http://www.cobe.dk/
 Taastrup Theater: http://www.taastrupteater.dk/opslag.asp?side=42
 second skin: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/30/modern-mexican-school-keeps-cool-with-solar-shading-skin/
 daylight: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/24/the-eyelids-of-10-hills-place-by-ala/
 natural ventilation: http://www.inhabitat.com/page/4/?s=natural+ventilation
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/Taastrup-lead02.jpg
 2010 World Architecture Festival: http://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/
 Bustler: http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/taastrup_theater_by_cobe
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