The Rockmagnet

Location: Roskilde, Denmark

Client: Denmark's Rockmuseum in collaboration with Roskilde Festival Højskole and Roskildegruppen

Program: Museum for Danish Rock Music, Folk Music School with student housing, office and conference facilites, communal housing and regeneration masterplan 

Size: 45.000 m2 regeneration masterplan, 10.881 m2 new build

Status: 1st prize in competition 2011, construction start 2014, completion 2015 (Denmark's Rockmuseum)

Collaborators: MVRDV, LIW Planning, Arup London, Wessberg and Transsolar Energietechnik

Team: Vanessa Miriam Carlow, Dan Stubbergaard, Thomas Krarup, Eik Bjerregaard, Caroline Nagel, Jens Kert Wagner, Rune Veile, Rasmus Bernhard Nielsen, Guillaume Ros Hoffmann, Tabea Treier, Hiroshi Kato, Agnieszka Krasuska

Rockmagneten is located between Roskilde city centre and the grounds of the annual rock festival: Roskilde Festival. The brief required the preservation of the old industrial halls of the former Unicon concrete factory, as well as the retention of its informal character currently used by artists, skaters and musicians. The aim of the design is to maintain a contrast between old and new by preserving the existing fabric as much as possible and positioning the new volumes above the existing halls. Consequently, the existing building fabric and creative, informal character is retained, with free and unprogrammed public spaces taking pride of place over formal cultural facilities.