The Children’s Culture House Ama’r by Dorte Mandrup is a public facility for families as part of a neighborhood revitalization in a formerly run-down district in Copenhagen that has emerged as a center for Danish hip hop culture. Designed in a collaboration between the architect and artist Kerstin Bergendal, the conception came out of a series of design workshops with both adults as well as children. The new building is organized as a mountain village, closing off and healing a break in the traditional Copenhagen city block, right at an active street corner.
Our JUST ONE THING this week is scale and play. The wonderful attraction of this project is the inspiration and thoughtfulness of the design, with a sensitivity to the life of a child and how they can be positively engaged with the environment around them. The central stairs, climbing up the ‘mountain’ and connecting the floor levels, become a play element with the addition of climbing holds and a soft landing at the bottom.
Children-scaled windows not only engage the kids on the inside, but also nicely convey to the community that the Culture House is a welcoming place for kids. Several spaces in the Culture House were created in response to the children asking for spaces to be alone or with a friend.