The Heart in Ikast
Civic Trust Awards
Level of Award
Local Authority Area
Not in UK/ROI
Information about this scheme
‘The Heart’ in Ikast is a new meeting point centred around culture and communication, combining education, activities, community, exercise and recreational pursuits, with buildings and outdoor areas designed to promote inclusive and integrative social and cultural meetings and gatherings.
The Heart includes a multi-purpose building, as well as an activity park, to create a new relation to the neighbouring Business College HHX Ikast, Ikast Brande upper secondary school, the teacher training college, and the International School Ikast-Brande as well as the wider community.
The Heart covers 3,660 m2 in total and features a central square with a performance stage. The square distributes users out to the various rooms in the multi-building. One wing holds the school’s teaching rooms, which in the afternoons and evenings can be changed to multi-rooms and art workshops for associations and evening schools.
For young people and younger sports enthusiasts, the street sports hall is particularly interesting, as it is designed so as to retain a sense of being outdoors. There is also a café with a service kitchen, and a shop area where organic groceries from a local socio-economic initiative as well as handicraft by blind producers can be sold. On the first floor of the multi- building there are various large and small rooms for relaxed movement activities such as dance and yoga, as well as cultural events and performance culture, and counselling services for young people in the municipal Youth and Education Advisory Centre.
Special care has been given to acoustics throughout the building, to ensure the intended flexibility, multi-functionality and simultaneousness of uses; with acoustics differentiated in accordance with the potential uses of each space.
The surrounding activities landscape is designed around sustainable drainage principles and includes very active pursuits such as a skate bowl and flowskate park, a cycle pump-track, parkour facilities and playgrounds, beach volley pits and a multi-use playing field; as well as more quiet and shared activities such as spots for petanque, picnics and campfires.
Integrated artwork is featured both outside and inside, ranging from surprising re-interpretations of classic sports elements such as the basketball net to full-scale outdoor pavilions and subtle registration of local voices and stories engraved in the pavings and floor slabs.
C.F. Møller Architects
Ejendomsselskabet ISIB A/S (by Bestseller HEARTLAND and Ikast-Brande Municipality), Realdania and the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities
C.F. Møller Architects
CUBO Arkitekter (Vision plan)
Cai-Ulrich von Platen
Jørgen Carlo Larsen
Primary Use Class
Class D2 - Assembly and Leisure