Cultural buildings beyond bricks

To shape the future of cultural buildings, understanding people’s participation is everything.

The challenge

More than just a pretty place

Cultural buildings have a reputation as something we look at – not interact with. Today, constructing cultural buildings means creating connections. Spectators have become participants, and the buildings – including the spaces that surround them – need to cater to a broad range of people and activities.

But what characterises a quality cultural building, and how do you best support citizens’ opportunities for active participation? That’s what the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities (Lokale og Anlægsfonden) needed us to answer. We did so through an extensive trend analysis of modern cultural buildings to uncover what works and what doesn’t.

The solution

Buildings without people don’t matter

The analysis set out to examine architectural quality in cultural buildings. Among other factors, quality was measured in how the construction is developed and how activities and facilities interact. Our analysis led us to five trends – each with its own take on the importance of culture and people in architecture.

With the trend analysis, the foundation wants to inspire and share what works when talking about cultural buildings that matter – to people and to society. Scroll through the analysis (in Danish) here.

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