Tingbjerg is a neighbourhood in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is characterized by social housing built in the 1950-1970s, and by a large proportion of socially disadvantaged residents. From time to time, the neighbourhood has been marked by crime, and for various reasons, also relating to the physical layout of the area, the neighbourhood appears isolated from society in general, and has earned a mixed reputation.
The neighbourhood of Tingbjerg is surrounded by green areas, and was designed as a model city, with its own church, school and shopping area. The layout of the housing project consists of blocks with three floors, rowhouses and a single high-rise.
The Municipality of Copenhagen decided to extend the school with a new library and culture house, which architecturally respects the existing framework and at the same time adds something completely new. Using the same basic materials found in the area, such as yellow brick cladding, the new building has a clear link to the existing uniqueness of Tingbjerg. As a funnel-shaped volume pointing towards the school, the roof of the culture house spans from 4 floors and slopes down to one floor towards the entrance to the school. With the open and transparent façade facing the street, the building shows its many activities to its surroundings, welcoming residents and inviting newcomers to engage.
The library and culture house is intended to support community-based activities with a great variety of institutions under the same roof. Apart from being a library, the building also hosts a pedagogic teaching centre, meeting facilities, a café, a concert and theater hall; all institutions that support community building in the area.