First international win for Planit-IE
The Copenhagen Arena Competition, which includes a 15,000 seat indoor venue, started in autumn 2011 and attracted entries from across the globe. In the final shortlist, the Planit-IE team led by Danish architects 3XN and the UK office of HKS Architects, beat Foster + Partners and Grimshaw with CF Møller.
Planit-IE will now work with 3XN, HKS, Arup and ME Engineers to develop the designs to create a world-class arena set in a vibrant and attractive environment, a characterful place which will support the daily life of the emerging Ørestad neighbourhood.
Pete Swift, director of Planit said: “We are thrilled to be part of this winning team. From a chance introduction to 3XN via HKS, we have landed our first overseas project and beaten the best in the world. We’re looking forward to working with the team and clients, not only to create a stunning arena, but to set it within a diverse and inspiring public park which will operate from day one and grow and mature for years to come.”
According to partner and creative director of 3XN, Kim Herforth Nielsen, the ambition was to create an arena that, besides from hosting a range of amazing sporting and musical events would also be a catalyst for various local activities for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
He said: “The areas surrounding the arena are designed to be used for recreational purposes, while the public foyer easily can host markets or exhibitions. In this way, the arena is also a cultural centre.”
The arena will be operated by American company Live Nation, which operates a number of venues in the UK including the O2 Arena in London. It is expected the arena will be complete by 2015.