Copenhagen arena

A consortium consisting of 3XN, HKS Architects, Arup, ME Engineers and Planit has won a competition to design a £120m indoor arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The winning team saw off competition from two other shortlisted groups, one consisting of C. F Møller, Grimshaw, Arup, Niras and Marianne Levinsen, and the other a partnership between Foster + Partners, architects A78 and Arup.

Copenhagen Culture and Leisure Mayor Pia Allerslev said the arena will enable the city to offer the outside world better and larger national and international events than ever before.

"We will be able to host all types of concerts and shows and we will be able to host events and championships in a long list of sports such as handball, ice hockey and table tennis," Allerslev said.

The 15,000-seat arena will be located in Ørestad Syd in southern Copenhagen, with an open ground floor and a plateau that will provide access to the public at first floor level.

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The arena will be divided into a plinth and a top, with the plinth level incorporating a number of spaces that can be used for recreational purposes, as well as to help regulate the movement of spectators.

The stadium will have staircases and attractive urban spaces for spectators to enjoy the sun or seek shelter from the wind.

3XN partner and creative director Kim Herforth Nielsen said the practice’s ambition was to create an arena that, as well as hosting a range of sporting and musical events, would also be a catalyst for various local activities for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

"The areas surrounding the arena are designed to be used for recreational purposes, while the public foyer can easily host markets or exhibitions. In this way, the arena is also a cultural center," Nielsen said.

The top level of the arena will sport a semi-transparent façade with terracotta fins that are intended to create a circular wave-like impression.

The project was tendered in the autumn of 2011 and attracted 41 teams, out of which five teams prequalified before it was narrowed down to three teams in March 2012.

Now that the design has been finalised, Arena CPHX, the company overseeing the stadium’s construction, will prepare the tender for the turnkey contract for the arena’s construction.

The turnkey contract is expected to be finalised by 2012, with construction scheduled to start in the spring of 2013 and complete by 2015.

Caption: The area surrounding the stadium has been designed for public recreational use. Image: 3XN Architects