Fashion and movement haven’t always gone hand in hand. In the past, guys had to choose: feel stiff and look great? Or feel comfortable and look sloppy? Nowadays, with accelerated fashion technology, state of the art fabrics and designers who understand the fast-paced lifestyle of their customer, there’s no need to sacrifice freedom of movement – and your overall health – for the sake of style.
Whether you’re conscious of it or not, slipping into uncomfortable, tight or badly cut garments can immediately affect your everyday performance. Consider this: you wake up, maybe stretch, then put on a slim fit shirt and jacket and suddenly, you’re unable to move as freely as you could just moments ago. Your shoulders are restricted as you reach down to tie your laces; your spine is tight; throughout the day sitting becomes easier than moving; and at the end of the day, walking to the train or home seems way too difficult.
Unveiled in 2016, Ku.Be House of Culture in Movement has been giving the people of Frederiksberg, Denmark a public building with a difference. A space that fuses theatre, sport and education in a way that not only encourages a holistic approach to wellbeing, but brings together people regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or outlook, we spoke with lead architect Jacob van Rijs of MVRDV to find out more about the project.
What was the inspiration behind Ku.Be?
The body and the mind, and how these are interconnected, was a key source of inspiration for Ku.Be. It’s a space that promotes health and wellbeing, connecting groups that might not necessarily socialise with each other. Climbing walls, enclosed and in-between spaces all provide a maze-like experience for movement.