Youth Centre by
Cornelius + Vöge

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This bright red youth centre in Denmark by architects Cornelius + Vöge is coloured to match the fishing cabins of the surrounding village (+ slideshow).

Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

The architects renovated and extended an existing building, cladding the roof and every wall in red-painted panels of steel and timber.

Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

"The colour of the building is an important issue," architect Dan Cornelius told Dezeen. "The traditional old fisherman's cabins are one of the most characteristic elements of the village."

Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

The walls of the two-storey building turn inward at the junction between the original structure and the extension, lining the edge of an outdoor play area.

Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

A external staircase climbs down from the first floor to meet this play area, creating a space that the architects describe as a "small stage".

Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

A double-height sports hall occupies one end of the building and features a protruding corner window where children can work or play in small groups.

Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

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Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

Photography is by Adam Mørk.

Here's a project description from the architects:


Youth Centre, Roskilde, DK, 2012

The project is a conversion and extension of an existing building. The main approach is to make a new interpretation of the red barn buildings and fishermen cabins of the old part of the village where the building is located. The extension to the old building starts where the building takes a turn making a more intimate feeling surrounding the outdoor play areas.

Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

Ground floor plan - click above for larger image

The building is located between an old village and a seventies development, so in order to underline a regional identity to the building it was coloured all red. The red colour follows the tradition of the old fishermen cabins of the village. The roof has the same colour as the facades to make the shape of the building more precise and simple underlining the basic shape of the building.

Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

First floor plan - click above for larger image

The building is renovated into a low energy building, covered with new facade materials and reorganized into a more open, playful and modern building. New covered areas, balconies and stairs integrates more intimate corners and living areas both outside and inside.

Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

Section one - click for larger image

The surrounding green areas are more integrated and daylight optimised. The extension includes a flexible multi purpose hall for concerts, theatre, playing and sports activities including an integrated climbing wall.

Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

Section two - click above for larger image

Several façade elements breaks the basic shape of the building into a smaller scale: a stair functions as a small stage area, covered entrances and the corner window which cantilevers from the building and creates a more intimate living space for the children to sit in smaller groups - a private space being a part of the interior and exterior at the same time.

Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

End elevation one - click above for larger image

Type: Transformation, renovation
Team: E. Troelsgaard engineers
Area: 600 m2
Client: Roskilde Municipality

Youth Centre Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge

End elevation two - click above for larger image

  • http://www.render-arquitectura.com Raul Alfaro

    Very nice project. Classic forms with modern solutions. Really nice composition of forms and volumes. Nice use of materials, textures and colors outside and inside spaces, specially the steel red-skin in fronts. Really comfortable and homeful inner space.

    Excellent job. Congratulations from Barcelona.

    • rob

      Good job indeed. Would have nice though to mention Siza’s Van Middelem-Dupont house in Belgium as their inspiration (especially for the corner window solution).

  • Lster

    The big red fun barn, jelly!

  • dani
  • Greenish

    Incredibly inviting and curiosity-inspiring. I wish they made more buildings for adults like this!

  • Hala Hasan

    I don’t think that it is an easy task to have an old traditional building and you renew it, but here they really did a great job by turning it into a modern interesting building. It takes a creative architect to do that! The conceptual diagram is very nice explaining the additive volumes to the existing. The spaces created for youth are amazing, I think this will encourage them to be more creative to just be in a space like that. Also I like the choice of the color as it means something to the people there. I can observe a contrast of the choices of materials and textures between inside and outside, how outside gives a traditional rough texture while inside a smooth modern texture.