Case #2: Brøndby Stadium 365 days a year – Brøndby IF

Area transformation and supporting everyday life.


With 500 new residents a year, Brøndby is a growing municipality. The area around Brøndby stadium has been marked as a regional development area. This allocation requires that all activities in the area are related to sports, health and education. This creates a great potential to rethink and transform the area, revitalising urban life, and establishing the area as a focal point for the town’s residents.

Key issues

Case #2 of Sprout Talent Week is about rethinking the northern and southern areas around Brøndby Stadium. A flexible solution is needed that can accommodate the many thousands of football guests on the 20-25 match days a year, and at the same time, be an attractive area for all the city’s citizens the rest of the year.

The stadium’s northern area, situated closest to Brøndby town is reserved for visiting fans on match days. This area is subject to certain restrictions regarding its use and facilities. It is important that the area is secured during ‘high risk’ matches, ensuring all facilities and urban furniture are fixed in place. The stadium’s southern area, behind the opposite tribune is reserved for Brøndby’s home fans. It acts as a transit space for cyclists travelling to and from various activities.  It is requested that solutions for both the northern and southern areas are based on mobility, flexibility and diversity.

Desired outcome

  • Mobility because the spaces around the stadium must interact coherently with the rest of the area, attracting various forms of urban life beyond its use as a transit area.
  • Flexible solutions must ensure functionality on match days where safety is paramount, and during weekdays where the space has to be accessible to all.
  • Diversity is central as Brøndby Stadium has to be a focal point for all the town’s citizens.

Key words: loose space, movement, facilities, transformation, participation, sustainability

Lab Facilitator

This year, the Innovation Labs will be lead by four international professional facilitators from the Institute without Boundaries (IwB), based in Toronto. The IwB employs and trains professionals and postgraduate students from various disciplines. As a top design training and research centre, the IwB is committed to collaborative and interdisciplinary design practice, in order to create innovative local solutions to 21st century global challenges.

Graeme Kondruss, Manager of Academic Space Planning & Design, George Brown College.

Graeme Kondruss is a designer and project strategist who uses his wide array of experiences in architecture, planning, project management and interdisciplinary design strategy to focus much of his educational and professional career on the study of space and its impact on social behaviour.

Graeme attended the Institute without Boundaries (2010-2011) and upon graduating, worked as a Design Associate (2011-2015) on projects that utilized collaborative and multidisciplinary design practices to find innovative solutions to social, ecological and economic challenges. Using his experience in design strategy methodologies Graeme has helped to design and facilitate dozens of charrettes for public and private sector organizations in Italy, Ireland, Chile, the United States and Canada.

Most recently, Graeme has joined George Brown College in Toronto, Canada as the Manager of Academic Space Planning & Design. Graeme provides support to the organization in ongoing consultation with academic stakeholders, external consultants and government agencies to understand space planning requirements and set priorities for the development of institutional assets.

Graeme has a diploma in Architectural Technology and a post-graduate in Integrated Design Strategy from the Institute without Boundaries.

Advisory Board

Based on relevant academic or practice-based experiences, an interdisciplinary group of experts is connected to each lab, with the purpose of guiding and inspiring the focus and work of the participants. Advisors will join the lab on-site during  1-3 sessions, where they will give direct feedback on ideas and work in progress, presented by participants.

Jesper Jørgensen

Jesper Jørgensen

CEO at Brøndby IF
Morten Bødskov

Morten Bødskov

Member of The Danish Parliament, Folketinget
 Kim Østergaard

Kim Østergaard

Head of Marketing, J. Jensen
Elisabeth Sonne Marinos

Elisabeth Sonne Marinos

Consultant for urban planning and outdoor recreation, Brøndby Municipality
Ellen Hvidt Thelle

Ellen Hvidt Thelle

Head of Planning, Brøndby Municipality

Case Partners