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Brief Published: 18 Oct 2011

Danish Village’s School of Rock


Two Danish architectural practices, MVRDV and COBE Architects, have jointly won a competition to turn a defunct concrete factory into a mini music village. Located in the Danish island city of Roskilde, the buildings will be transformed into ROCKmagneten, housing a festival site, student accommodation, and teaching facilities.

The nest of buildings promise to be sufficiently theatrical to please rock fans, with early renderings showing a façade of gold studs on one building, and loudspeakers strewn across another. These spaces will be large enough to accommodate live music events inside them, as well as providing a wild backdrop to those taking place outside.

Developers have expressed an aim to keep the old factory site, which is currently occupied by musicians, artists and skaters, true to the spirit of the existing creative community. Much of the structure will be crafted from materials found on the site – an idea perfectly in line with the growing trend for upcycling (see our report: Upcycled Spaces).

The first phase of ROCKmagneten is set to open in 2014.