A playscape at Mariendalshallen by MASU Planning

From hidden sports hall to an integrated part of the streetscape

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The sports hall ‘Mariendalshallen’ used to be half-way concealed behind tall hedges, and the many sports and community activities in the sports hall were not showing in the neighborhood. A playful landscape was the key to opening up and integrating the sports community into the streetscape of the surrounding villa area. The outdoor areas are now a local gathering point for play activities, hang-out spot and a place to exercise. In the highly limited space, we created a coherent playscape that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

▼Mariendalshallen体育馆,the sports hall ‘Mariendalshallen’


With this project, we didn’t just change the appearance of Mariendalshallen, we changed the identity of the place. Before our redesign, Mariendalshallen looked kind of like another villa on the street, the building appeared introvert hiding behind its tall hedges and the outdoor areas was unused. Worst of all, the many community activities weren’t visible and there was no relation to the outdoor or any possibility of interactions with the people passing by. Mariendalshallen is now a destination in the streetscape and everyone is invited to join the games. The light tree on the facade functions as the new entrance sign, lighting up the area in the evening and giving a hint of all the activities and life going on inside of the building.


▼室外区域得到充分利用,outdoor areas was fully used

▼与社区之间建立起良好的互动关系,making interactions with the community

▼灯光树作为入口标识,the light tree as the new entrance sign


In the limited space around Mariendalshallen, every square meter has been fully utilized. Flexibility is the most important keyword in this project. Stepping stumps, painted surfaces, parkour equipment, small hills and a lower-lying space for multiple games create playful spaces that aren’t age-specific but can be used for many different games, exercises or just to hang-out. Instead of focusing the limited funding on one feature we have created a playful coherent landscape that invites everyone to join a game or to test how many pull-ups one can do.

▼可用于多种游戏的下沉空间,a lower-lying space for multiple games

▼喷漆地面,painted surfaces

▼攀爬设施,parkour equipment

▼踏步树桩,stepping stumps

▼不同种娱乐设施,different games

▼微地形小山,small hills

▼停车场,parking lot



▼活动场地夜景,night view

▼立面夜景,facade night view

▼景观平面图,landscape plan

Project name: A playscape at Mariendalshallen
Office: MASU Planning
Office role: Main consultant
Website: www.masuplanning.com
Location: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Address: Mariendalsvej 21C, 2000 Frederiksberg
GPS: 55.688980, 12.537777
Design year: 2017
Year of construction: 2018
Area: 1,000 m2
Budget: 4,000,000 DKR / 535.828 euro
Client: Frederiksberg Municipality
Image credits: Kirstine Autzen

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