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.
Photos by Stamers Kontor