The Red Cross in Denmark is extending its headquarters on Blegdamsvej in Copenhagen with a new building across its entrance, the Volunteer House. Designed by COBE Architects in collaboration with PK3 landscape architects and Søren Jensen engineers, the 750sqm project will include a lobby space, cafe, and meeting rooms to accommodate more workers and volunteers, while its pitched and terraced roof doubles as an inviting open space for the general public.
”The building is shaped as a triangle rising up towards the existing Red Cross headquarters and has a spectacular pitched roof surface with stairs, terraces and greens elements,” states Dan Stubbergaard, Founder and Creative Director at COBE.
“The roof will be a distinctive place attracting and inviting people to stop and hang out. A meeting place not only for the current employees and volunteers of the Red Cross – but for all citizens in Copenhagen and beyond.”
Stubbergaard adds that it was important that the Volunteer House fit in with its surroundings.
“The present Danish Red Cross headquarters is a beautiful 1950’s modernistic building consisting mainly of yellow bricks and a yellow tile roof. In the Volunteer House, this is reflected in a modern mode of expression through the use of yellow brick tiles on the entire roof surface. The colour scheme and tactility resembles the yellow bricks, but the overall expression of the façade is radically different. Inside, golden colours are used, accompanied by wooden surfaces and exposed concrete. All these materials that in resemblance with bricks give the user a warm, tactile and vibrant impression.”
The construction of the Volunteer House is planned to begin in January 2015 and is expected to be completed in early 2016. It will be built with a 25 million kroner donation from the A. P. Møller Foundation. M