Centrally located in Esbjerg, the abandoned roundhouse train depot is one of the city’s oldest buildings. To preserve the structure’s 20th century industrial heritage, EFFEKT restored the structure’s historic circular layout, then renovated and added five multifunctional halls, each with a distinct title: Concrete, Asphalt, Brick, Lounge, and Dance Mekka. The connected halls vary in size and height, and accommodate a variety of activities including indoor skateboarding, street dance, DJing, street art, and basketball.
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The five “Mekkas” encircle an outdoor public space with a sunken amphitheater at the center. All of the halls open up to the central outdoor space through floor-to-ceiling openings, which also stream in natural light to reduce reliance on artificial lighting. StreetMekka Esbjerg is currently under construction and is expected to open in winter 2015.
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