3XN has completed the 35,000 square meter ‘royal arena’ in denmark. somewhat unusually for its typology, the stadium venue is set within a residential area of copenhagen, and has been designed to integrate respectfully with its surroundings. ‘our most important question before starting out the royal arena project was: how do we design a good neighbor for this area?,’ explains kim herfoth nielsen, founder and creative director at 3XN. ‘since the arena is a local building, it was important to us to design it as an aesthetic contribution to the area, and not just a massive concrete block like other stadiums tend to be.’

3XN royal arena
all images © adam mørk (unless otherwise stated)

 

 

3XN worked with HKS architects to design a multi-purpose venue capable of hosting concerts as well as international level sporting events. the brief also called for a building that would serve as a catalyst for the growth of the surrounding district. acting as a link to the adjoining neighborhood, the design features an elevated podium that includes public areas for social interaction and daily activity.

3XN royal arena
image © rasmus daniel taun

 

 

the timber façade not only allows views between inside and out, but also lifts up slightly above entry points in order to make wayfinding easy and logical. the building has an open ground floor and a public plateau at the first storey. internally, the bowl contains a variety of features to improve visitor experience. walls have been angled to improve sightlines, while acoustic surfaces are found throughout.

3XN royal arena
the design features an elevated podium that includes public areas for social interaction

 

 

the venue has been designed to be as flexible as possible, and can be configured in a variety of different ways. the majority of spectators are seated on the three sides of the stage, with the option to accommodate further guests on the fourth side for sporting and cultural events. in concert-mode, the arena floor can be retracted. the royal arena was nominated for ‘sports building of the year’ at the 2017 world architecture festival in berlin. see designboom’s coverage of the event here.

3XN royal arena
the timber façade lifts up slightly above entry points to improve wayfinding

3XN royal arena
the building has an open ground floor and a public plateau at the first storey

3XN royal arena
the timber façade also allows views between inside and out

3XN royal arena
colorful motifs have been applied to the interior

3XN royal arena
internally, the bowl contains a variety of features to improve visitor experience

3XN royal arena
the venue can be configured in a variety of different ways

3XN royal arena
the venue is capable of hosting concerts as well as international level sporting events

3XN royal arena
walls have been angled to improve sightlines, while acoustic surfaces are found throughout

3XN royal arena
the arena is set within a residential area of copenhagen

 

 

project info:

 

name: royal arena
location: copenhagen, denmark
typology: multi-purpose arena for international concerts, culture and sports events
size: 37,000 sqm
height: 35 meters
capacity: 16,000
seating: 12,500
completion: 2017

 

client: arena CPHX P/S
architect: 3XN (lead consultant and design architect) & HKS (arena specialist)
engineer: arup, HAMI and ME engineers
landscape architect: planit-IE
team: kim herforth nielsen, jan ammundsen, bo boje larsen, peter feltendal, audun opdal, maria tkacova, jack renteria, robin vind christiansen, dennis carlsson, andreas herborg, anja pedersen, bodil nordstrøm, christian harald hommelhoff brink, gry kjær, ida schøning greisen, jakob wojcik, jan park sørensen, jeanette hansen, juras lasovsky, laila fyhn feldthaus, mads mathias pedersen, marie persson, mikkel vintersborg, pernille ulvig sangvin, sang yeun lee, sebastian le dantec reinhardt, simon hartmann-petersen, stine de bang, sune mogensen, søren nersting, tobias gagner, torsten wang, henrik rømer kania

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news