The main ambition for the House of Culture and Movement is to offer the Flintholm neighborhood a dynamic meeting point for people of all ages taking part in a wide range of activities. Health, culture, leisure and education should blend smoothly to create a spectacular architectural experience and popular destination.
“We designed Ku.Be to encourage the unexpected,” explains MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs. “Larger volumes are suited to hold performances or public meetings, smaller ones can be for exhibitions or debates. The fast-pace rooms are perfect for dance or parkour, and zen rooms give you the contrast of yoga or meditation. It’s between these volumes where the real fun will happen, though; spaces where we hint at a use, but which will become entirely user-defined.” The route through the building focuses on encouraging and fostering alternate forms of movement.
The Labyrinth gets people on their hands and knees clambering through a three-dimensional network of cubes from the second to third floor. For the adventurous, the second to third floor. For the adventurous, the Mousetrap, a vertical maze, provides a challenging transition from floor to floor. A net that spans several floors and hangs suspended over voids affords young, active users a tactile landscape by which to discover the building whilst slides and firefighter’s poles offer a fast way to get back down. .