Ku.Be House for Culture and Movement was designed as a focal point for the immediate community; one that the users themselves could take ownership of and that would evolve its program based on their specific ideas and needs.

The project forms a new typology in respond to a brief that merely asked for a building that would bring people together and improve the quality of life. The design blends theater, sport and learning into a space where body and mind are activated to promote a more healthy life for everyone, while creating links between people that would not otherwise connect with each other. 

The six primary volumes, each with their own program, are clad in a unique color or material, clearly defining them within the building; on the outside of the building these shapes are implied in the fragmented tile facade.

The route through the building focuses on developing and encouraging alternate forms of movement. 

The Labyrinth gets people on their hands and knees climbing through a three-dimensional network of cubes from the second to third floors; or alternatively why not try the Mousetrap, a vertical maze. A net, suspended over the void, spans several floors throughout the building and let users climb from floor to floor, while slides and firefighter poles offer a fast way to get back down. 

The urban space surrounding Ku.Be plays an important role in expressing the six volumes and the activities happening inside. The landscape blends seamlessly into the interior with integrated slides that reaches out into the gardens and ends in an amphitheater outside. Acting as an extension of the urban landscape of Frederiksberg and integrating with the community to such an extent, the House for Culture and Movement looks to become an incubator for further development in the neighborhood.

Name: Ku.Be
Type: Invited international competition 1st prize
Program: Culture
Client: Frederiksberg Municipality, Realdania
Size: 4.000 m²
Location: Frederiksberg DK
Year: 2016
Collaborators: MVRDV, SLA, Søren Jensen, Max Fordham
Image credits: Adam Mørk, Kirstine Mengel
Team: Martin Krogh, Martin Laursen, Anders Lonka, Rune Knudsen, Anders Ulsted, Jakob Eggen, Jesper Skjoldborg, Hans Andersen, Joanna Gasparski, Simon Lyager Poulsen, Tatyana Eneva