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Hafnia Sports Hall

A universe of activity

“Copenhagen’s new multi-purpose sports hall was conceived with a clear visual identity, a beautiful and simple graphic solution that invites everybody in. Both the modern lines and the bright red color signal vitality and playfulness, and the dynamic aesthetic convincingly conveys the excitement of sports and physical activity in an inclusive manner.”

Description from the jury from the Danish Design Award 2018.

The Hafnia Sports Hall is a transformation of the former ‘Club Denmark Hall’. Here the original glue laminated wooden beams that span northern Europe’s biggest sports hall has been strengthened. Under the arched roof the inner life of the hall is transformed into a multifunctional sports universe with small and large football pitches, beach volley courts, handball and badminton courts, fitness area and a climbing wall for school, leisure and elite sport. Heated, semi-heated and unheated areas are organised around the hall’s bright red clubhouse. The red building, with changing rooms and staff facilities, is the social heart of the sports hall. All surfaces of the clubhouse are designed to be used for sports activities from the balcony, sloping façades, climbing wall to the climbing steps. At both ends of the hall spaces for various activities are placed three storeys high, with views of the hall and the outside area. Along the edge of the hall the original Olympic sized running track has been preserved for crossfit, parkour, table tennis, running and games. The large glass façades in both ends of the hall connect activities under the roof with the outside.

A multifuctinal sports hall that creates synergy

With the Hafnia Hall’s architectonic transformation the arena has become a significant player in the cityscape of Copenhagen. New vertical glass gables have been established to create insights to the sports life. The windows bring in sunlight and ensure enough daylight to the voluminous inner space. The light and the open glass parts establish a connection between inside and outside and the users get a sense of the hours of the days and seasons as the light shifts.
The open structure in the Hafnia Hall inspires the athletes and viewers with lots of concurrent activities around the arena. In that way, the architecture supports an active sports community where movement is the focus. The Hafnia Hall has in the new design received a central club house that, as the heart of the building, lights up in the middle of the arena with it’s bright orangered color. The club house function as the social interior of the hall with it’s atypical shape. Here, a café, locker rooms and facilities for the employees, meeting rooms where students come to be taught sports and movement branch. The club house is two floored with sloped facades where athletes can climb on the walls. Viewers seats are located on the sloped facade towards the new football field so that family and friends ca come to cheer.

How the project addresses the Sustainable Development Goals

In the project we have worked with issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the project was not designed to address the global goals, as it was created before the goals were adopted by the UN. We have worked with issues related to: SDG 3: Good Health and well-being, SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.

Copenhagen Municipality
10.000 m²
Copenhagen, DK
Mads Frederik Architectural Photos, Christensen & Co. Architects