C.F. Møller Architects behind new meeting places for street sports
Towering ambitions for youth involvement and a special understanding of recycling and sustainability took two teams of consultants from pre-qualification to winners of the competition to develop and design new concepts for street sports facilities in seven municipalities in Denmark. The goal is to create more inclusive street sports communities for children and young people across the country. In collaboration with GAME and selected municipalities, the winners will establish seven outdoor street sports facilities for local children and young people to use as meeting places.
One of the winning teams has Studio Kondens as the lead consultant and C.F. Møller Architects as landscape architect.
"We are very pleased to be involved in this work, which fits perfectly with C.F. Møller's ambition to work democratically and make a difference for young people by creating opportunities for communities that support both mental and physical well-being”, says Jens Rex, Head of Landscape & Urbanism at C.F. Møller Architects.
The development and activation of the new street sports commissioned as part of GAME are supported by Nordea-fonden and will run for five years. The purpose is to support and expand street sports in Denmark and develop the future meeting place for young people and street sports communities. The new facilities are called ‘Street Hubs’ and draw on the creative drive of street sports and GAME's experience in involving children and young people. The first municipality to start the development of a ‘Street Hub’ is Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality together with the advisory team and C.F. Møller Architects:
"In Faaborg-Midtfyn, we are looking forward to getting started with the project together with children and young people. We now have some advisors who can really involve children and young people, and get them involved in creating exciting frameworks and communities around street sports in Ringe. I am delighted that we can give our children and young people such opportunities on Midtfyn," says Anne Møllegaard Mortensen, Chair of the Culture and Local Communities Committee in Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality.
Involvement is part of the requirements for the architects
The involvement of young people is built into all phases of the project, which is why GAME organised an architectural competition where the requirements are not finished ideas and models, but rather proposals for innovative involvement. Following a pre-qualification process, a number of architectural firms submitted bids for the task, with inclusion, scalability and sustainability as the main requirements. The judging committee, consisting of two municipalities, GAME, a professional judge, youth representatives, volunteers and street sports experts, has selected the winners of the competition.
- “We have chosen two advisors who have demonstrated an outstanding ability to combine street culture and sustainability in innovative ways. By involving young people, local street sports communities and associations in the design process and creating spaces that reflect their needs and desires, we will be able to create lasting communities and social, economic and climate sustainability”, says Rasmus Ziegler Hansen, head of GAME's MEREGADE programme.
The first two Street Hubs will be in Ringe in Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality and Copenhagen Municipality.
The two winning teams:
Lead Consultant: Studio Kondens
Landscape: C.F. Møller Architects
Engineer: Viborg Ingeniørerne A/S
Parkour: Moumen Machlah Aarhusparkour
Skate: Anne Eggebrecht, Skateducate Handlemod
Event & DIY: Sebastian Byrsting Aarhus Volume
Visualisations: Studio Kondens
Arki Lab and Reværk with partners
GAME is working for social change through youth-led street sports and culture in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
GAME trains youth-leaders as instructors and role models in street sports and civic engagement. GAME establishes innovative facilities and supports street sports & culture communities and entrepreneurs.
GAME is a top 120 NGO with nearly 20 years of experience in lowering the threshold to the positive social communities of street sports and culture. Together with likeminded partners, GAME is empowering children and youth from vulnerable areas and refugee settings.
GAME was founded by Martin Schultz, George M. Goldsmith and Simon Prahm in 2002.