Especially girls and women do not feel at ease in those kinds of changing rooms. This is why the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities and Fremad Valby together with Dorte Mandrup architects have developed and constructed a changing room targeted at girls and women.
Really this is more of a changing pavilion as it is an addition to the existing club house of the football club. The contents of the project was created based on inquiries with the club’s girl and women players who were asked what they wanted from a changing room.
Based on the answers, the architects created this suggestion for a changing room facility for girls and women.
The changing pavilion is divided into three zones – a public zone, a semi-public zone and a private zone. The public zone consists of an outdoor room created by the existing building and the changing pavilion – but also a rooftop terrace to be established on top of the changing pavilion.
There are two semi-public zones on each side of the changing room shielded by frosted glass blocking peepers. After matches and training the players go through a yard space where they can wash boots and relax on a bench in the sun while they cool off. On the other side of the changing pavilion a lounge will be established where the players can relax after having changed. The lounge will be decorated with beanbag chairs, low tables and plugs for hairdryers.
The private zone consists of two changing rooms where the traditional benches have been replaced by organically shaped seating twisting through the rooms creating better opportunities for social interaction in small and big groups. The efforts have focused on inflow of and distribution of daylight to make the rooms a pleasantly lit environment. The shower stalls are in a communal bathroom with four showers – and one private shower to shield it from the rest of the changing room.