Bakgård: March 2010              

An Ethnography of Design

Albena Yaneva, Made by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture: An Ethnography of Design. Read to reviews of the book here and here. Buy the book online here.

Nicolai Cultural Center

Our studio agenda for this semester is to make a cultural centre in Groruddalen. About dang time if you ask me, since there are no such building in the area at all. We had a phase were we looked at references to support our own project. Stumbled across this yesterday, Nicolai Cultural Center, done by Kristine Jensens Tegnestue and Dorthe Mandrup Arkitekter. And its amazingly good. Really. The rest of the text is clipped from architonic.

Nicolai Cultural Centre is a conversion of 5 previous school buildings enclosing a common schoolyard. Each building represents a period in Danish school history, from the first school dating 1856 to the last built that opened in 1909. None of the buildings were no longer in use as school buildings, two were listed as cultural heritage.

The project is a result of a competition in 2002, which programmed a conversion of the complex to be the future Cultural Centre of Kolding. The competition were hosted by The City of Kolding, supported by the foundation RealDania, who were especially interested in new ways of conversion and use of listed cultural buildings.

The main concept for the conversion was conceived in close collaboration with the landscape architect.

1) To connect the 5 buildings, all very different in material and volume, with the use of the same material, corroded steel for all new additions. Large vertical and horizontal slabs of corroded steel walls connect the different volumes and make a sense of unity.

2) To keep the informal asphalt schoolyard as the surface connecting to history, but upgraded and spatially nuanced.

3) A collage like strategy for the renovation and conversion changes. The quite tight budget was strongly prioritised. Some surfaces were stripped down bare, some were left as it was and some were clearly added new additions. Some spaces were altered dramatically and some barely painted.

The cultural center consists of 5 different houses with their own functional identity.

Area: 5500 m2

1. Cinema house and café
The Cinema House holds a non-profit art cinema, with two cinema halls, and in connection a videotheque, café and restaurant. In addition to this the local TV station has studios and offices.

2. House of heritage
The House of heritage holds the archive of local history and, in connection to this, open study offices, lecture hall, meeting spaces and administration

3. House of Children’s Culture
The House of childrens culture is supported by the LOA foundation and is an open program were the children of Kolding can do different cultural activities, drama, theatre, dance and movement, and work in the different workshops. The building is converted to offer as much transparency and openness as possible within the old structural frame, and at the same time facilitate strange and unexpected paths, mysterious places and new views. The main themes that carry the different interconnecting spatiality as you move up through the house are the cave, the forrest and the sky. Functionally The house has a small theatre with connecting wardrobes, a double height space with robes and a feathering floor for dance and movement, and two permanent workshop spaces, and in addition mobile workshop furniture that holds everything you need for woodwork, sewing etc.

4. The house of arts and crafts mainly holds studio spaces for rent for local professional artists.

5. The house of music is an old Gym that was added a new small addition that consists of entrance hall/foyer and an intimate entrance courtyard.


The courtyard

Cinema house and café

House of Children’s Culture

The House of Music

Plans and sections

The Gentlewoman

Make sure you get a copy of the new issue of The Gentlewoman.

0300TV Updates

Updated site is now on display. Head over and check it out.

Guess Who!

Drawing by Rebecca.

Ma Yansong

Interview with Chinese architect Ma Yangsong over at ArtInfo.

Heaven And Hell

Here's an interview with Max Hattler, the guy behind the videos.

Rasmus Norlander

You can divide the pack in two; the ones shooting without folks, and the other one with. Rasmus Norlander does them without.


Now this I can like alot. Hopefully it will come to fruition some day. Any suggestions as to where this new place should re-locate?

Muhsinah - Rediscovered

Domesticity at its most serene. It's weekend. I'm out.

Apple Life

A day in the life of New York City.

Manthey Kula Talk

Bring yourself to this. OAF bringing it every Thursday at Arkitektenes hus. More photos from previous posts here.

Tron Legacy

Tron legacy could be an interesting inspiration for a diploma. Its set in a digital world unlike anything out there at the moment. It looks really great and really beautiful. Mos def need to go check this movie out.

Plastic Beach

Digging the cover art from Gorillaz' recent album. According to a press release: "The band have taken up residence, recording on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific, a Plastic Beach HQ, made up of the detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This Plastic Beach is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet." Make sure you check out the rest of the teasers, music and the album covers.

Haiti Earthquake

We had some photos of the Haiti earthquake here at Bakgård. This one is a really nice video montage of the aftermath by Khalid Mohtaseb.


Great infomation about satellites.


Funny little rant spotted over at the Klubb Jolly blog - The System Has A Way To Control You.


Tietgen Student Hall is a student residence built in the new district Ørestad close to the centre of Copenhagen. The building has a conspicuous circular shape, inspired by traditional southern Chinese Hakka architecture, and was designed by Danish architects Lundgaard & Tranberg in 2006. More info here.