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BIG completes Danish sports hall

Danish architecture outfit BIG has completed this school sports hall with an undulating roof close to Copenhagen

The practice has transformed the school’s existing courtyard into a multi-functional space for sports and social events.

The 1,100m2 hall is sunk 5-metres below the ground, with its roof replacing the courtyard space above.

The hall, formed by bevelled concrete walls, is covered by a vaulted wooden roof formed by a series of curved glue-laminated timber beams.

The practice has also been commissioned to designing a further building for the school which will connect the courtyard and hall with the school’s sports fields and parking areas.

This next phase complete in summer 2014.


Source: Jens Lindhe

Architect’s view

Bjarke Ingels, founder, BIG:

‘Rather than placing the hall outside the school - and spread the social life further –  we have created a new focal point and link between the school’s existing facilities.

‘The roof forms a molehill that serves as a giant piece of informal furniture engaging and supporting student life.

‘The main architectural idea emerged from the rules of handball as the soft curved roof takes its form from the mathematical equation of the trajectory of a thrown ball –  Form follows Function. In a homage to my old math teacher, we used the mathematical formula for a ballistic arc to shape the geometry of the roof.’



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