Recap of this spring’s winning architectural teams


Gothenburg Life Science Park illustration

Illustration by Arkitema Architects

Arkitema Architect's illustration for the Gothenburg Life Science Park.


Gothenburg Life Science Park

Illustration by Arkitema Architects

Gothenburg Life Science Park from the inside.


State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia

Photo by Jeremy Foo

The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, where schmidt hammer lassen architects has won the assignment to redevelop the library.


Future Sølund street front

Illustration by C.F. Møller

C.F. Møller's illustration of the Future Sølund street front.


Future Sølund courtyard

Illustration by C.F. Møller

C.F. Møller's illustration of the Future Sølund courtyard


Kalvebod Brygge district in Copenhagen

Illustration by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

Aerial illustration of the new Kalvebod Brygge district in Copenhagen, which master plan is designed by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.


We bring you a small selection of Danish architectural firms that have won tender competitions or have been appointed to create new architecture during the last couple of months, so get ready to explore a diverse range of winning projects.

The Danish architectural firm Arkitema Architects in collaboration with Sweco has been selected for the project for the future Gothenburg Life Science Park in Sweden. With a total of 90,000 square metres, two new buildings will connect the existing hospital and university. In this way, Gothenburg Life Science Park will become a nerve centre in the area, in which everyone’s natural movement patterns will meet and cross in the same building. According to the architects, the goal is to create a meeting place for health knowledge.

“Naturally, we are happy and proud to have won this assignment together with Sweco. We have worked with a focus on creating both aesthetically pleasing and useful surroundings for the people who are going to work, study and research in the buildings. By providing them with the right solutions, we will create an opportunity for the development and exchange of knowledge at an even higher level than before,” stated Senior Partner and Head of Arkitema Healthcare, Wilhelm Berner-Nielsen.

From a Swedish science park, next we will look at a historic Australian library. The iconic State Library of Victoria in Melbourne has selected the team of the Danish architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Architectus to design a significant redevelopment project that will transform the State Library of Victoria, allowing it to meet the current and future needs of the community. Established in 1854, the public library is Australia’s oldest and busiest, attracting 1.8 million visitors and 3.3 million online users each year.

The redevelopment includes the restoration of the historic Queen’s Hall, the reopening of the library’s Russell Street entrance and the creation of new spaces for early learning, digital media, entrepreneurship, exhibitions and events.

“We incorporate new thinking in our cultural projects and develop a social space based on how society is progressing, always keeping people in focus to allow them to enjoy the richness of the atmosphere and the diversity of experiences on offer. We will work closely with the stakeholders and the local community to deliver a visionary project that combines the elements of the contemporary library with an impressive local heritage, unlocking the riches of the State Library collection for all Victorians and the global library community,” said Founding Partner Morten Schmidt, who will be leading the design team.

Under closer skies in Denmark, the Danish architectural firm C.F. Møller and Tredje Natur has won the competition to design an innovative generation community in Copenhagen. According to the architects, Future Sølund is one of the largest and most visionary residential and nursing home projects in Danish history.

Denmark’s largest nursing home, Future Sølund, is an ambitious and pioneering example of a city-integrated care centre. Sølund will make it possible to give elderly people in need of care a whole new opportunity to live and interact with other generations. It will seek to set new standards for welfare, well-being, security and functionality, and be a place where senior citizens, young people and children not only live close together, but also supplement and benefit from each other.

The existing Sølund care home, located centrally in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro district next to the Sortedam Lake, is to be replaced by a shared multi-generation community, which combines 360 care homes, 150 youth dwellings (including 20 dwellings for young people with autism spectrum disorder), 20 senior dwellings, a day care institution, and three micro-shops as well as cafes, workshops and both public and private carpark facilities. In the words of the architects, it is a true “house of generations”.

At a different spot in Copenhagen, the Danish architectural practice Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter has been appointed to create the new master plan for the Kalvebod Brygge district. In collaboration with IKEA and CABINN, Dorte Mandrup Arkiteker will create a green roof landscape that connects the inner city with the south harbour. The landscape will rise above the roof of a new IKEA store and function as a recreational area and pathway.

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter’s master plan includes the IKEA store, a hotel, student housing and an urban park in one single solution. According to Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, the project is an example of how multiple projects with different features can together bring something new to the city. In this case, a sustainable combination of a store, a student residence and a green oasis. The new IKEA store is planned to open in 2019.

The goal of DANISH™ is to promote Danish architecture and design in a broad perspective, and demonstrate all the potentials in these fields.

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