Contractor KPC and engineering company Bascon have broken ground on schmidt hammer lassen architects-designed Sports and Administration Centre in Skanderborg, Denmark.
The 18,000m² project includes new administrative facilities for the Skanderborg Municipality and new sports facilities for the entire community.
The company said: "The aim is a complex which sets new standards, supporting an innovative and multidisciplinary work culture as well as being a dynamic, attractive and vibrant gathering point for citizens of Skanderborg."
Located in the northern part of Skanderborg, the Sports and Administration Centre is divided into four zone: arrival, meeting centre, sports facilities and administration centre. All the four zones are connected by the arrival area that runs through the entire structure.
The administration centre will house 700 work spaces and an interior office design, whereas the sports centre will feature a double hall that can be divided into two handball fields with a seating capacity of 1,700 spectators.
The entire structure is designed taking into account sustainable measures such as optimised use of daylight, natural ventilation and an efficient building envelope.
schmidt hammer lassen architects founding partner John Foldbjerg Lassen had previously told Design Chronicle that: "With our project we create an architectural interpretation of the contact point between citizens and the municipality.
"The functions of the building are open and accessible and the project makes good use of the great potential of the surrounding landscape. It is a place where citizens meet and interact in an open and dynamic setting in the middle of nature."
The centre aims to get DGNB Silver certification and is scheduled to open in 2016.
Image: An artist's impression of the Sports and Administration Centre in Skanderborg, Denmark. Photo: courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects.