The original K.B. Hall - a cultural icon and generator for big events since 1938 - burned to the ground in 2011. Now, the hall has been resurrected. Not as a copy of the old hall, but as a modern architectural reinterpretation. The new K.B. Hall can accommodate up to 4950 guests and offers a new and flexible frame of functions satisfying the requirements of a contemporary event and sports hall.
Central to the overall experience of the hall, the art piece “Buen” by light designer Viera Collaro is adorning the inner concrete gable shining bright and colourful through the glass façade above the main entrance of the hall.
When guests arrive, they move across the new forecourt towards the hall’s luminous and open entrance, where a spacious foyer offers them inside and further into the main space of the hall. Wide stairs lead up to the first floor, where a series of lounge areas work as a square frame around the building’s primary barrel-shaped construction.
The hall is designed according to three basic elements:
- The Arch is the great unifying roof recreating the iconic expressions of the old hall and maintaining a harmonious connection to the older, underlying halls.
- The Gable is the new gable with a front towards the main street of the area, which, unlike the one from the old hall, is in glass with a clear view to the inner life of the hall.
- The Disc, which contain the hall’s bar and lounge area, is a huge cantilevered steel structure carried by the heavy concrete construction and cladded with handmade white tiles.
Natural and solid materials such as bamboo, handmade tiles and concrete cast on site have consistently been used. Their glow and texture give the hall a special sense of materiality.
Since 1938 the K.B. Hall has been one of the most important event halls in Copenhagen. The Beatles played here one of their first concerts in Denmark. After the hall was burned to the ground in 2011, it has now been revived in a contemporary, architecturally sophisticated interpretation. The extraordinary character of the building is due in parts to its three-dimensional ceramic facade. The facade, designed by architects CHRISTENSEN & CO, is made of oversized 3D tiles and was almost entirely handcrafted. The glaze is also a special development. What was desired was an intensive white, for which the final design was based on sanitary glazes. The largest elements are 75 cm long and 50 cm wide. At the highest point they measure 8 cm. A total of around 3,000 moulded parts were installed between white terracotta slabs. The project was developed and manufactured on behalf of NBK ARCHITECTURAL TERRACOTTA.