Stunning New Taastrup Theater Design by COBE
Designed by COBE, the Taastrup Theater renovation boasts a beautiful multiface skin that insulates the interior while allowing daylight to filter in. The renovated theater also benefits from a simplified program, an expanded floor plan, and increased connectivity with its surrounding community.
Taastrup Theater originally an aging concrete structure situated in a social housing neighborhood in Copenhagen. COBE purposed to improve the energy efficiency of the Taastrup Theater.
The architects went above and beyond their brief by devising a visually-striking second skin for the building that insulates the interior structure while extending the theater’s area. Inspired by the opening curtains of a theatrical production, the building’s façade is composed of acrylic prisms.
The interior of the old theater has been completely re-organized to improve accessibility to the restrooms and the café while consolidating the bar, box office, and administration into a single unit that requires a single attendant. The newly extended interior space features an open foyer, an arrival area, and a café.
The opacity and positioning of the pyramids is carefully controlled to allow in the optimal amount of daylight without overheating the interior, and operable windows allow for natural ventilation when the mercury rises.
The addition of several new entrances and exits grants the renovated theater an additional measure of flexibility and the ability to accommodate a variety of events. At night the entire structure emits a warm glow that welcomes theater visitor into the interior space.