The building is intended for involvement and commitment and is an important meeting place for anyone wishing to contribute to the Red Cross' efforts to help people in need.
How to design a building for thousands of users? A group of volunteers from the Red Cross was involved in shaping the building throughout the design phase.
The building is a celebration of the overarching goal of creating incentives for civil engagement in the world. The overlap of civil, public and private interest in creating a social sustainable society.
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.
With the Red Cross Volunteer House we wanted to create a place that provides optimal settings for the heroes of everyday life – the thousands of volunteers who make an extraordinary effort to help marginalized people. The roof of the building is now the Red Cross’s face to the world and a unique meeting place that acts both as a terraced stand and as stairs while also offering an attractive and inviting space to the many thousands of volunteers and, equally, to passers-by and the rest of the cityDan Stubbergaard, architect and founder, Cobe
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.