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Skanderborg, Sports and Administration Centre, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, living walls, green walls, vertical garden

The new 18,000 square meter multi-purpose facility will be located on the northern side of Skanderborg, Denmark and it will serve as a home base for the municipality as well as a recreational complex for citizens. The Sports and Administration Centre was designed so that there is no front or back – all sides interact with their surroundings. The facility’s interior provides space for a lobby, a meeting centre, recreation rooms, a double hall indoor court and an administration centre with flexible office space for 700.

“The landscape plays an active part in how to experience the entire complex. We create a place where inside and outside merge – a place that invites active use and relaxation – both during and after opening hours”, explained Trine Berthold, associate partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. “Here citizens can come to receive guidance from the municipality staff and enjoy nature, play, run, get challenged and be inspired.” The winning concept treats the outdoors as equally important as the indoors and Schmidt Hammer Lassen will also be responsible for the landscaping. The Danish firm is also working in collaboration with contractor KPC A/S and engineering company Bascon A/S.

As for sustainability, the most striking feature will be the use of vertical gardens both indoors and outdoors. The outdoor living walls will provide solar shading on top of a highly insulated building envelope. Indoor green walls will generate fresh air, while daylighting and natural ventilation create a comfortable interior climate. The firm is aiming for DGNB Silver certification and they hope to have it completed by the fall of 2016.

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