Five Danish architects to watch

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Photo by DANISH™

The Infinite Bridge by Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter.

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Mariehøj Cultural Centre by WE.

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Photo by COAST_ Rasmus Hjortshøj

UNIONKUL STACK 1 by Arcgency.

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Photo by Niels Nygaard

Toosbuys Square by Over Byen Arkitekter.

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Photo by Stamers Kontor

Roof House by LETH & GORI.

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Roof House by LETH & GORI.

Published
30.09.2015

Many Danish architectural offices are enjoying international success these days. But which architectural practices should you pay particular attention to in the future? We set out to find five Danish architects to keep an eye on.

Gjøde & Povlsgaard
Danish architect firm Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter is based in Aarhus, and it was founded by architects Johan Gjøde and Niels Povlsgaard. They run a drawing office a little different from their colleagues in the business.

“The philosophy behind our architect practice is to start some projects on our own and at the same time contact people who can make decisions. Instead of waiting for a project, we invent the project. We do not participate in architectural competitions at the same pace as our classmates from the architecture school,” stated Johan Gjøde, architect and co-founder of Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter.

Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter created an art piece called the Infinite Bridge for this year’s Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Aarhus. The bridge was very well received and the public wanted the bridge to become a permanent part of Aarhus’s coastline.

WE
WE is an innovative architecture office based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The practice works with architecture, urban strategies, tangible design, utopian ideas and visual construction. Founded by Marc Jay and Julie Schmidt-Nielsen in 2009, the young office is based on the philosophy that architecture is not the result of one person’s stroke of genius, hence the name WE.

Together with Danish architectural practice Sophus Søbye Arkitekter, WE has recently designed the new Mariehøj Cultural Centre in Rudersdal Municipality. The house is both a cultural activity centre and a working place, and through reorganisation and rebuilding, new spaces for individual activities and appropriate positions for different functions have been created.

Arcgency
Also situated in Copenhagen, Danish architectural office Arcgency focuses on the resources used in the making of architecture. The office was established by Mads Møller and Simon Vinzent. If you take a look at Arcgency’s own unique office building, you will see a group of shipping containers – UNIONKUL STACK 1 is a three-storey high office building made from worn-out shipping containers.

As part of its work on resource-conscious architecture, Arcgency has utilised its research knowledge and project experience in the assembly and disassembly of buildings to develop an architectural concept that is easily moveable while still offering the qualities of a permanent building.

Over Byen Arkitekter
The Danish drawing office Over Byen Arkitekter (Super City Architects) is situated in Copenhagen. Esben Thorlacius, Ida Lindberg and Christian Lund are partners in the firm. Their focus is on the transformation of existing building stock. Over Byen Arkitekter’s expertise includes handling the complex issues arising when transforming a building’s function. The company’s main insight is within the field of constructional understanding, historical insight and experience with mapping out building objects worthy of preservation.

One of Over Byen Arkitekter’s newer projects is Toosbuys Square in the town of Bredebro, Denmark. The square consists of four buildings that constitute the square. The main idea of the project originates from the traditional farms in the area, and how the character of these farms supports the character of the main street. In this way, Over Byen Arkitekter has created a townscape with delicate intimacy.

LETH & GORI
LETH & GORI is a Danish architecture office that specialises in architecture and urban design. Being committed to the creation of unique innovative projects by combining architecture, design and art, the young practice has received international acknowledgement and prizes in a number of countries. Key values for the work of LETH & GORI are sustainability, dialogue and diversity, while the architects believe in projects that give something back to the surroundings.

In 2014, LETH & GORI rebuilt a 1960’s villa and called it Roof House. Transforming it from a house with small windows and dark rooms to one having loads of light from roof windows and floor-to-ceiling windows in every room, LETH & GORI also expanded the area of the house, making it more family friendly.