Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Architecture and Culture-Taking Place, Copenhagen
Anne Romme, Camilla Hornemann, Carolina Dayer, Robert Gassner, Peter Alexander Bullough
The relationships between houses, conglomerates of buildings,
open areas and other urban spaces and the thresholds between these have
significant impact on the quality and character of habitation. With ‘The House
in the City and the City in the House’, we were therefore looking closer at the
mutual relationship and thresholds between the private, semi-private, and
public spaces of a specific place in Copenhagen. Extents and margins of such
spatial categories are difficult to appoint when merely considered physically
and organizationally. Therefore, we must ask how social, cultural and political
forces define and interact with the materially immanent, when closely observing
our place in the city.
The observation of the city initiated the first view of
the site in ‘Amager’ in the south of Copenhagen towards unused spaces.
Introduced architectural interventions are adding social meaning to the street side
and enable the activation of such areas. The idea is to differentiate from
both, the physical as well as the programmatic appearance of the surrounding,
to cause a point of attraction to the pedestrian. The network of this build
interventions creates a walkable path spanning from courtyard to courtyard,
enhancing the possibility of altering the living quality of the further surrounding.
Nesting within volumes of potential, a high density, short term housing finds
its place within a publicly accessible space for meetings, social gatherings,
exhibitions, and events. Utilizing the vertical circulation from existing
buildings in close proximity, it invites neighbors to visit and interact with
each other in a new setting of semi-public living conditions within the city.