Danish-American architects MLRP in Copenhagen, has transformed an existing graffiti-plagued playground structure to an inviting and reflective pavilion as part of the new Interactive Playground Project in Copenhagen. This is the Mirror House at Copenhagen Central Park.
Funhouse mirrors are mounted on the gabled ends of this playground pavilion in Copenhagen, as well as behind the doors. This engages a play with perspective, reflection and tranformation. Instead of a typical closed gable facade, the mirrored gables creates a sympathetic transition between built and landscape and reflects the surrounding park, playground and activity. Windows and doors are integrated in the wood-clad facade behind facade shutters with varied bent mirror panel effects. At night the shutters are closed making the building anonymous. During the day the building opens up, attracting the children who enjoy seeing themselves transformed in all directions. With simple means it has succeeded to transform an existing, sad and anonymous building to a unique and respectful installation in the newly renovated park. The roof and facade is clad with heat-modified wood and the gables and shutters are clad with mirror polished stainless steel. The Mirror House is a flexible space and restrooms, used by kindergarden classes.
THE MIRROR HOUSE
Project leader: Robert Warren Paulsen
The house was completed 9th Nov 2011.
Adress: Fælledparken (Central Park), Corner of Blegdamsvej/Frederik V’s vej, Copenhagen City, Denmark
Engineers: Grontmij A/S
Landscape: GHB Landscape A/S
Client: City of Copenhagen (CAU) and the fund of A.P.Møller and Wife Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller
Site gross area: 4.500 m2
Building Sum: 1.700.000 dk kr
Metal plates: Rimex Super Mirror, brushed stainless steel/ http://www.rimexmetals.com/products-supermirror.htm
Wooden panels is Thermo Wood, from MoElven, charred.
It has been treated with AllRemove, anti-graffiti treatment.
Photography: Stamers Kontor/ www.stamerskontor.dk
Danish-American MLRP is a young and ambitious design practice, who work with a variety of projects, both public projects and private, high end residential projects. MLRP is owned by Mads Lund and Robert Paulsen, who have had their own practice since 2004. They are inspired by the site and surroundings, they always push the design solutions further, to obtain the ultimate solution. They enter a close dialogue with the client to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the process, where also curiosity is a decisive factor in developing the right design. MLRP believe that it’s possible to make big statements with small scale projects, and they don’t think there’s a particular correlation between the scale and the quality of the project. MLRP always come up with a surprising design, exploring new materials and sustainable design. Founding Partner Robert Warren Paulsen comes from a background as a projectleader and competition architect at established offices such as Vilhelm Lauritzen, Dissing & Weitling, David Coleman and Henry Klein in the US. Founding Partner Mads Hartvig Lund left the famous office PLOT in 2004 to set up his own practice. Mads ensures the projects ever surprising and imaginary concepts, consequent from idea to final detail.