We live in times with an increasing need to lift welfare tasks across sectors, four out of ten Danes are involved in volunteer work. The Danish Red Cross numbers 32,000 volunteers alone, handling important social tasks.
To celebrate the huge potential of activating the civil society, the extension to the organization’s headquarters had to be an open, generous and democratic building. Shaped as a triangle with a publicly accessible roof surface, the Volunteer House is designed with the ambition of being inviting and encouraging passers-by to come in and explore. This is a building for the Red Cross volunteers to meet and share knowledge, but it is also a public space for everyone.
The building is intended for involvement and commitment. A group of volunteers from the Red Cross was involved in shaping the building throughout the design phase. The shared goal for everyone involved in the process was to end up with a building that gave back new quality to the street, the park and the surrounding urban space by adding something extra.
The users agreed that the roof of the Volunteer House should be an active part of the building – a fifth façade. South-facing stands for the public to relax and enjoy the sun.
The heart of the Volunteer House is defined by the open foyer space that connects to all levels of the building. Urban life is invited up and into the building, where the activities of the inside are put on display through carved-out openings in the large roof surface.
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Client: Danish Red Cross and A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til Almene Formål
Program: House for the volunteers of Danish Red Cross including exhibition and workshop spaces, incident rooms, conference rooms and café
Size: 750 m²
Year: First prize in competition 2013, completed 2017
Collaborators: The volunteers of Danish Red Cross, Søren Jensen, PK3, C.C. Brun Enterprise
Awards: Architizer A+ Awards 2019 Finalist, Dezeen Awards 2019 Finalist
Team: Andreas Jørgensen, Antonia Szabo, Bart Smets, Caroline Krogh Andersen, Christian Sander, Dan Stubbergaard, Gloria Castellini, Greta Tiedje, Hannes Kalau Vom Hofe, Helen Chen, Izabela Slodka, Jacob Lantow, Jan Jungclaus, Kristoffer Harling, Marianne Filtenborg, Martin Jonsbak Nielsen, Martina Pedersen, Matti Hein Nørgaard, Mikkel Møltoft Jensen, Milan Milenkovski, Monika Wozniak, Morten Andersen, Nina Mathiesen, Oskar Tranum Mortensen, Peter Laust Røhr Hønnicke, Rachel Wan, Rasmus Jessing, Sonia Bom, Sune Mogensen, Ted Schaumann, Tim Frausing.
Photographer: Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST