The Red Cross Volunteer House gives 34,000 volunteers a setting for the continuous development of their work in Denmark. The building is designed by COBE in cooperation with the volunteers as a celebration of volunteer work and commitment and as a meeting place for the volunteers, the city and anyone wishing to contribute to the work the Red Cross does for marginalized citizens. The Red Cross Volunteer House is an extension of the national headquarters of Red Cross in Denmark in Copenhagen. The triangular building has a 850-㎡ roof that acts as a large public staircase extending from the street level to the second floor of the building. The extension, which has a floorspace of 750 ㎡, is placed partially below ground and serves as the main entrance to both the headquarters and the volunteer centre. The Red Cross Volunteer House was designed with the ambition of creating a new meeting place for the 34,000 Red Cross volunteers as well as a new public space – an urban living room that gives something back to the city. That ambition has been realized.
▼红十字会志愿者之家鸟瞰，aerial view of Red Cross Volunteer House
‘With the Red Cross Volunteer House we wanted to create a place that provides optimal settings for the heroes of everyday life – the thousands of volunteers who make an extraordinary effort to help marginalized people. The roof of the building is now the Red Cross’s face to the world and a unique meeting place that acts both as a terraced stand and as stairs while also offering an attractive and inviting space to the many thousands of volunteers and, equally, to passers-by and the rest of the city. The building has become an urban space and expresses both generosity and modesty while inviting the outside world in,’ says Dan Stubbergaard, architect and COBE founder.
▼志愿者之家大斜坡屋顶，large slope roof of Volunteer House
A MEETING PLACE IN THE CITY BASED ON THE WISHES OF THE VOLUNTEERS
COBE developed the project in close collaboration with the Red Cross and representatives of the volunteer organization. In a dialogue process, everything from the spatial programme to the design of the building was tested, discussed and adapted. After the opening of the building in November 2017, the Red Cross has attracted added attention – more than 500 volunteers use the building every month, 60 local branches have visited, and more than 8,000 curious outside visitors have stopped by.
▼独特的建筑形态及入口，unique architecture style and the entrance
‘The Red Cross Volunteer House makes an important contribution to the support and development of the volunteer effort that is at the heart of the work of the Red Cross. The Volunteer House has an open and inviting architecture that is in keeping with our ambition of being an organization in continuous dialogue with the community. This is not just a building or a place – it is a space for exchange and development. A creative setting that inspires creative solutions. We have already seen this in practice, and I am certain that in coming years, we will continue to see many new ideas for tomorrow’s civil society arise in our Volunteer House. Time and again, we see the capacity of the architecture to inspire and promote the development of the volunteer effort in the Red Cross,’ says Anders Ladekarl, secretary general of Danish Red Cross.
▼斜坡屋顶成为人们聚集的空间，the roof becomes a place for people to meet here
▼人们在这里进行各种活动，people use steps for many activities
AN ICONIC BUILDING ADAPTED TO ITS SITE
The spectacular roof slope and stair simultaneously blend into and reinterpret the unique character of the area, with the adjacent park Fælledparken and the Danish Freemasons’ Hall, as well as the Red Cross headquarters themselves, a yellow-brick building that is the former Copenhagen County hall. The stepped roof was built using the same yellow bricks. It has become a popular meeting place – in summer, volunteers and staff hold meetings here, passers-by stop for a break, and locals use the steps for anything from workouts to coffee appointments.
slope roof、headquarters、Freemasons’ Hall and the park reinterpret the character of the area
Going inside, one is met by a common arrival area shared by the volunteer centre and the headquarters. To the left, the Volunteer House opens up in the form of an open terraced stand and auditorium with a capacity of more than 100 attendants. This space leads down to a series of conference rooms that can be used for training and meetings, events, presentations, film showings and many other activities. The stepped roof surface opens up towards the headquarters, which are visible from any position within the Volunteer House. The original building and the new extension are further linked by a green park. The Red Cross Volunteer House also offers a common space for employees and volunteers to meet, thus providing ideal conditions for development and cooperation to flourish.
▼志愿者之家内部，interior of volunteer house
▼可容纳多人的开放礼堂， open auditorium can contain many people
▼内部开放的大台阶，open terraced stand in the interior space
▼供员工和志愿者休息的区域，leisure space for employee and volunteers
在2013年3月，丹麦红十字会宣布了新志愿者中心的竞赛结果，COBE赢得了竞赛。新建筑于2017年11月完成，私人基金会A. P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formål为工程资助了3070万丹麦克朗。
In spring 2013, Danish Red Cross announced the competition for the new volunteer centre. COBE won the competition. The new building was completed in November 2017 and was constructed with a grant of DKK 30.7 million from the private foundation A. P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formål.
▼首层平面，ground floor plan
▼地下层平面，lower floor plan
About the Red Cross Volunteer House:
Location: 27 Blegdamsvej, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
Client: Danish Red Cross – The new building was made possible only with a grant of DKK 30.7 million from the private foundation A. P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formål.
Engineer: Søren Jensen Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma
Landscape architects: PK3 and COBE
Turnkey contractor: C.C. Brun
Programme: volunteer centre – exhibition spaces, project, meeting and conference facilities, training facilities, disaster management facilities and a café
Size: 750 ㎡
Status: First prize in competition 2013, completion 2017
Photos credts: Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST