Royal Arena

Company3Xn Architects
Lead Designer3XN Architects
Design TeamHKS Architects-Arena Specialists Arup/ME Engineers-Engineering Consultants Planit-IE-Landscape Architects
PrizeBronze in Architectural Design / Recreational Architecture

Royal Arena will attract thousands of people to Copenhagen and contribute to the overall economy. The Arena will function as a modern and flexible venue offering spectators a world class experience. A building of this size affects the community next to it, and therefore the design needs to include features which add value to the surrounding neighborhood. Central to the design is a podium that links to the adjoining neighborhood. This feature is designed to effectively absorb the movement of spectators through a variety of small plazas, pockets and gathering areas that have been carved from the podium’s perimeter. It simultaneously encourages the community to embrace the variety of public spaces, staircase and adjacencies that promote activity and liveliness when the building is not in use. The wave-like, semi-transparent facade seems to ‘dance’ above the surrounding podium and allows people on the outside to enjoy glimpses of the activities within. The wavelike movements lift up slightly above the natural entry points of the Arena making way-finding easy and logical. The wooden fins comprising the facade add warmth and texture to the building, giving the Arena a light and elegant expression. Royal Arena will have a capacity of 12,500 to 15,000 depending on the event. It is expected to be completed in Winter 2016.