Køge Culture House

Location: Køge, Denmark

Client: Køge Municipality and Realdania

Program: Culture House, library, theater and music school

Size: 6,000 m2

Status: Competition 2013

Collaborators: Buro Happold (DK), Esbensen Rådgivende Ingeniører and LIWplanning

Team: Dan Stubbergaard, Eik Bjerregaard, Greta Tiedje, Mateusz Mastalski, Ole Storjohan, Claes Nilsson, Martin Jonsbak Nielsen, Rasmus Hjortshøj, Frederik Lyng, Kaisa Lillemets

A modern culture house is a frame for people to meet. It is the city's living room. How to contain the diversity of people and functions in one single building? And how to adjust this comparably large volume to the small-town scale of Køge?

Our answer is the creation of a large "Cultural Frame" - a big roof and timber structure covering a village of 5 “houses”, numerous informal spaces and an interior cultural plaza. The wooden frame is a reference to Køge's many historic houses with exposed timber-frame construction. By densifying the wooden structure, it in essence becomes an ubiquitous bookshelf and a flexible frame for cultural events and exhibitions.