nord architects designs community center and parish in CLT wood in denmark
 

nord architects designs community center and parish in CLT wood in denmark

designed by nord architects, the new parish center located in a copenhagen suburb, is a modern gesture of sustainability – a gentle mark in wood that brings people together. the parish centre adds a welcoming new gathering space to brønshøj and creates a connection between the city square and the church. this modern church and parish center aims to open up towards the community in a bright, honest and welcoming atmosphere integrating the local urban context and everyday scenes in the center of the city. 

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the curved facade is a welcoming gesture making space and accessibility

 

 

nord architects won the competition for a new parish centre with a proposal that unifies the church, city and congregation in a new cultural community. 250 scouts are associated to the center and use both indoor and outdoor facilities. ‘we have designed a multifunctional building that provides an open and welcoming space for flexible usage within a modern parish centre that gather people in very varied activities. the large span of clt wood accommodates this is one gesture and connects the two opposite outdoor spaces. the church on one side and the city on the other’, says morten rask gregersen, partner at nord architects.

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scandinavian impression in the small front garden

 

 

the building is constructed in cross laminated timber (CLT) elements and sets a new standard for a large free span that can cover the main space. a natural wood product, the CLT provides a healthy and comfortable indoor climate and is a sustainable choice for building materials with a low carbon footprint and durability. 

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the open-plan space works as a multipurpose room in the community center

 

 

some of the many advantages of CLT as a natural material is that it works as a stabilizer of humidity, acoustics and temperature, which creates indoor conditions that feel friendly and comfortable to live and work in. the CLT wood is left visible in the large multifunctional space running through the building from one end to the other and connecting the city square with the quiet pastor garden behind the parish center.

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light and cool interiors contrast the warm CLT wood

 

 

the curved walls of the building embrace the urban space, open up towards the garden and create a sensitive meeting with the neighboring rectory. the exterior cladding in ash wood creates a warm ambiance that signals the informal use of the parish center as a community with diverse users and activities.

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curved, glazed facade lets the outdoor space come closer to community space inside the building

nord architects designs community center and parish in CLT wood in denmark

nord architects designs community center and parish in CLT wood in denmark

nord architects designs community center and parish in CLT wood in denmark

 

 

nord architects designs community center and parish in CLT wood in denmark

nord architects designs community center and parish in CLT wood in denmark
nord architects designs community center and parish in CLT wood in denmark

 

project info:

 

design: nord architects

location: brønshøj, copenhagen, denmark

 

 

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edited by: cristina gomez | designboom

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