By Ellie Stathaki, Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*
The recent announcement for the architect behind this year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London highlighted what we already knew; 2016 will be a great year for Danish design. The Bjarke Ingels Group was selected to design the prestigious summer pavilion – along with four more architects, who will work on smaller structures around it. Ingels is the first Danish architect to accept this honour.
Expanding on their well-established 20th century tradition for great design and architecture, the Danes have been gearing up to conquer the 21st century too; reaching far beyond their country’s borders.
Ingels has offices in Copenhagen and New York, where he recently completed his first major project in the city. The sloping, triangular and undoubtedly impressive Via 57 West housing development for the Durst Organisation is about to open its doors to residents. More projects are in the pipeline in the US and Canada.
Of course, Danish design and architecture have been on our Wallpaper* radar for years. In fact, we have been avid followers of all things Danish since the magazine’s inception, both honouring the classics and supporting the emerging. And we’re not the only ones to think the country is on a winning streak.
Two months ago, at the annual Wallpaper* Design Awards, Copenhagen was crowned Best City of the year, voted by a panel of leading professionals, including Eddie Redmayne, Delfina Delettrez, Patricia Urquiola, Konstantin Grcic, David Adjaye and George Lois.
In recent years, the Danish capital has been growing, one architectural masterpiece at a time. Vesterbro, the meatpacking district of Kødbyen, is now an art hub. The capital’s recent building marvels include the swirling Blue Planet Aquarium and the beautifully imposing, geometric UN City, both by established local architecture firm 3XN. The popular redesign of the waterfront area at Kalvebod Waves by JDS and KLAR is one of the city’s most recent attractions – a huge summer hit with locals and tourists alike.
The New Nordic cuisine is ever more popular, spearheading something of a renaissance in the local foodie scene. A slew of new restaurants celebrate the vibrant capital’s many gastronomic offerings, with the district of Nørrebro leading the pack. Culinary, architecture and design delights are coming together effortlessly, and this is only a sample of the country’s creative offerings.