Dorte Mandrup: Valencia

One of Copenhagen’s most significant buildings, the club “Valencia”, has being converted by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter into the headquarters of The Association of Danish Law Firms.

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, Valencia, Copenhagen
The original dance pavilion Valencia was built in 1861 and designed by H.S. Stilling and is a building with a long history in the Copenhagen entertainments.
The intention of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter’s project was to expose the building so that the unique spatial qualities were clarified, the visual connections and the spatial flow enhanced, and the individual rooms cleaned for unsetteled architectural additions.
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, Valencia, Copenhagen
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, Valencia, Copenhagen
The existing buildings consists of three different building typologies: the block-housing (front building), the asssembly-hall, and the rear building which, if used synergetically, offers a large range of applications.
The front building, with its facade to the busy Vesterbrogade, is a classical Copenhagen property with five floors: the high-ceilinged entrance is radically changed from its current closed form to a modern minimalist and transparent ground floor with continuous glass facades on both house facades so that the characteristic old hall, placed in a new fairytale garden, is exposed to Vesterbrogade. The ground floor vecomes the lobby for the Association of Danish Law Firms. The first three floors of the building house the administration for the Association of Danish Law Firms, and the top three floors residential apartments.
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, Valencia, Copenhagen
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, Valencia, Copenhagen

Valencia’s triple high hall is a unique space in the dense neighborhood of Vesterbro. The large beautiful room with the continous skylight is positioned as a detached building behind the front building. The hall is connected to the lobby through the fairy tale garden that stages the spatial shift. The hall is the project’s central space and provides a framework for Danish Lawyers’ course and conference activities. A large-scale furniture is located in the hall, which contains both the vertical relationship between basement, ground floor and first floor and a floating meeting box located in a visual open connection with the chamber.

The existing walls of the hall have been maintained and renovated as gently as possible. The new furniture is covered with special aluminum profiles in front of an acoustic damping textile. The floors and ceiling of the hall is designed as neutral as possible in concrete and acoustic plaster. Inside the new furniture all surfaces are painted yellow to highlight the new spaciousness and create a readable spatial hierarchy.

The back house offers smaller room units that are used in addition to the hall’s function, as meeting and common areas, cafeteria and kitchen.

Valencia, Copenhagen
Program: office
Architects: Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter
Main contract: Jönsson A/S
Engineers: Jørgen Nielsen advising engineers (Constructions), JJ Byg (Installations)
Landscape: DMA & 1:1 Landskab
Area: 2,420 sqm
Completion: July 2014

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