The international architecture firm C.F. Møller has designed a multi-functional building with an activity park in the Danish city Ikast. Titled Hjertet (The Heart), it will be a new meeting point centered around culture and communication. The project combines education, activities, community, exercise and recreational pursuits in new ways. The international pupils will be a natural part of a very wide-ranging group of users, including sportspersons, musicians, skaters, and users in a social psychiatry project. Overall, 35 user groups were involved in the development of the building and park.
‘The aim of “The Heart” is to combine many different facilities and parallel activities, and to use all of the rooms, all the time, all day long, so that the building is always used actively from early morning to late evening – expressed in an architecture that resembles a small town, with varying roof heights and a square which gathers, leads and distributes the users,’ says Julian Weyer, architect and partner at C.F. Møller.
The Heart will cover 3,660 m2 in total and will have a central square with a performance stage. The square will distribute users out to the various rooms in the building. One wing will have the school’s teaching rooms, which in the afternoons and evenings can be changed to multi-rooms and art workshops for associations and evening schools. For young people and younger sports enthusiasts, the street sports hall will be particularly interesting, as it will be designed so as to retain a sense of being outdoors. There will also be a café with a service kitchen, and two shops.
On the first floor of the building, there will be various large and small rooms for relaxed movement activities such as dance and yoga, as well as cultural events and performance culture, and counseling services for young people in the municipal Youth and Education Advisory Centre.
The Heart will be a very open and transparent building, which will also draw attention to its use of many small, informal venues and seating areas, to reinforce the building’s capacity as a social gathering point that is not just a place to spend active leisure time.