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COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

Denmark Architecture News - Dec 17, 2018 - 04:03   8087 views

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

Danish architecture studio COBE has completed the extension of the headquarters of Danish Red Cross, with new building that creates a giant urban staircase connected to upper level of the main building. 

Named Red Cross Volunteer House, the building is located adjecent to Fælledparken, one of the biggest recreational green areas in Copenhagen, the Volunteer House and the public spaces around it offer a new connection in the area. The building is directly connected to the existing main entrance, thus creating a common entrance to the entire Red Cross.

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

Taking visitors from the street level to the upper level of the existing building, the 750-square-metre building contains a flexible interior lay-out, making room for both workshops, exhibitions, lectures and much more.

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

Shaped as a triangle with a spectacular accessible roof surface, the Volunteer House is designed with the ambition to invite people in, and to encourage passersby to enter and explore. 

The façade gives the building a distinctive architectural expression, making it an iconic building that both relates to and reinterprets its surroundings. 

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

Red Cross Volunteer House is an extension to the Danish Red Cross national office - a modernistic building from the1950's originally designed as head office for the regional government of the greater Copenhagen area.

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

Like a streetscape, the building has been cut open and folded up, the building simultaneoulsy serves as stands, stairs, a terraceand a roof. Inside the spatious triangle is connected to the existing Red Cross national office.

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

"The life of the surrounding city is invited in, and the activities inside the building are put on display through thebig cut-outs carved out of the roof surface," said COBE.

"On the outside, the building is transformed into a vibrant public space for the neighbourhood. A stepped landscape ofgreen pockets and seating arangements to use for big events or just a cup of coffee in the sun."

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

Site plan

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

Roof plan

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

Ground floor plan

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

Lower level plan

Project facts

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Client: Danish Red Cross

Program: House for the volunteers of Danish Red Cross including exhibition and workshop spaces, incident rooms, conference rooms and café

Size: 750 m2

Status: 1st prize in competition 2013, completion 2017

Collaborators: The volunteers of Danish Red Cross, Søren Jensen, C.C. Brun Enterprise

All images © Rasmus Hjortshoj – COAST.

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