Maritime Youth House Copenhagen: Architecture, Photos, Info, Architect, Denmark

Maritime Youth House

Contemporary Danish Building design by PLOT Architects

page updated 3 Sep 2016

Design: PLOT Architects

Location: Østamager, Sundby Harbour

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Photos: Julien De Smedt:

Maritime Youth House Building design by PLOT Architects

Maritime Youth House Copenhagen

Project : Maritime Youth House
Location : Sundby Harbour, Copenhagen, Dk (Amager Standvej 13)
Size : 2000 M2
Budget : 1 170 000 €
Type : Invited Competition, 1st Prize
Status : Completion June 2004
Client : Kvarterløft Governmental City Renewal Project, Lokale Og
Anlægsfonden, The Urban Development Fond
Collaborators: Plot, JDS + BIG

Photos by Julien De Smedt:

Maritime Youth House design by PLOT Architects

Project Team:
Julien De Smedt, Bjarke Ingels, Annette Jensen, Finn Nørkjær, Henning Stüben, Jørn Jensen, Mads H Lund, Marc Jay, Nina Ter-borch

Consultants: Birch & Krogboe A/s: Jesper Gudman, Struktur

Maritime Youth House Copenhagen building ramps stairs

The concept of the project is that instead of using 1/4 of the project’s budget, originally allocated by the client to cleaning the polluted soil of the site, we discovered that the pollution was heavy metals and therefore stable. So if you didn’t reach the ground you wouldn’t have to remove/clean it… we then decided to lay out a wooden deck on the entirety of the site. Thus spending money for architecture/program/effect rather than invisible waste.

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Two clients had to share the facilities: a sail club and a youth house. Their desires were opposite: the youth house wanted outdoor space for the kids to play, the sail club needed most of the site to park their boats… the building is the literal results of our negotiations with these 2 contradictory demands: when the deck bubbles up it allows for boat storage underneath, still letting the kids run/play above…

The interior of the building is very basic, with one major characteristic: the front house, which is used as common room and where most of the daily activities take place, is more luxurious than the workshop and storage building on the back corner, but still in a very puritan way. The difference is that the floor in the workshop is a standard grey concrete while in the community space it’s a white concrete with white stones.

The presence of hard surfaces everywhere on the inside is meant as a contrast to the wooden exterior, almost like an inversion of what is commonly done (wood indoor, asphalt outdoor). This is reflecting the dominance of outdoor activities of the youth house. The actual ‘room’ of the Maritime Youth house IS the wooden deck… it englobes all the programs, indoor and outdoor.

Photographs by Paolo Rosselli:

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Photographs by Mads Hilmer:

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Information from Julien De Smedt Architects

ar+d prizewinner 2004

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