Location: Roskilde, Denmark

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

Program: Museum, Folk High School with student housing, offices 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 of 1st phase in 2015 (Ragnarock Museum)

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

Team: Dan Stubbergaard, Thomas Krarup, Eik Bjerregaard, Caroline Nagel, Jens Kert Wagner, Morten Andersen, Morten Engel, Christian Sander, Rune Veile, Rasmus Bernhard Nielsen, Tabea Treier, Hiroshi Kato, Guillaume Ros Hoffmann, Agnieszka Krasuska, Davide Bello

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 three new volumes above the existing halls: Ragnarock Museum, Roskilde Festival Folk High School and the headquarters for Roskilde Festival. 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.