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Sports and multipurpose hall in Copenhagen

The Arsenaløen island is located between the Copenhagen Opera and the hippie “free state” of Christiania in the centre of the Danish capital. Its current use corresponds well to this position between high culture and subculture. A ‘green oasis’ for everyone has now developed where, in former centuries, the Danish navy used to store weapons and ammunition. The sports fields are eagerly used by local schools and sports clubs, there is a campsite for scouts in a small nearby woodland and, in summer, canoeists paddle along the many canals around Arsenaløen.
    Many of these activities are centred around ‘Hal C’, a two-storey building with red-painted timber cladding, which houses a large sports hall, a dance studio, fitness area and a large open conference room. Every day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., you can follow the hustle and bustle of students, athletes, visitors and passers-by in and outside the building.
   Whereas the dance studio and conference room are located on the first floor, the latter with a sweeping view towards the city centre, the sports hall on the ground floor opens out onto the sports fields and the nearby canal via high windows on either side. External wooden shutters keep off direct sunlight and heat, so that the athletes inside benefit both from outside out and a pleasant indoor climate.
   This is further enhanced by four rows of modular skylights, which bring natural daylight into the centre of the building. Three of these are located above the sports hall while the fourth is positioned above the staircase to the first floor. All skylights are inclined 20° north and inserted in deep light wells to prevent glare and ensure an even light distribution. Some of the modules can be opened for natural ventilation, providing a fresh indoor climate that is ideal for workout, public meetings and other cultural events.

Arsenalvej 6, Copenhagen, Denmark
City of Copenhagen
Architects: Christensen & Co.
Arkitekter, Copenhagen
Activity hub for everyone - Daylight and Architecture Magazine
Activity hub for everyone - Daylight and Architecture Magazine
Activity hub for everyone - Daylight and Architecture Magazine
Activity hub for everyone - Daylight and Architecture Magazine

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