In less than a week, architecture will be the focal point of a hive of activity in Copenhagen, with the city running its first RISING Architecture Week from 15–18 September 2015. With a total of over 50 architecture-themed events as well as a two-day conference, including workshops, talks and dialogues, RISING is set to become a new high-profile annual event where architects from all over the world interact and showcase their work.
This year’s theme is Growing Cities, and we have chosen a few recommendations for you, if you are planning to visit Copenhagen next week.
On Tuesday 15 September, you can experience some of Copenhagen’s most thrilling architecture, when Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects invites you on a bike ride. The tour will focus on the transformation of the harbour into one of Copenhagen’s prime recreational spaces. Registration is required at RISING’s website, and the bike tour leaves Hotel Astoria, Banegårdspladsen 4, 1570 Copenhagen, at 10 AM.
The next day – Wednesday 16 September – you can go for a boat ride with Danish architectural practice COBE Architects. The guided boat ride will sail around the Northern Harbour, the site of the biggest urban development project in Scandinavia. Project Director and architect Rune Boserup will provide a commentary on the project during the ride. The boat leaves Papirøen at 4:30 PM; registration is required, and the tour costs DKK100.
On the third day of RISING (Thursday 17 September), we recommend that you go to Sankt Annae Square, which is currently being redesigned by Danish architectural firm Schønherr, which will be leading the site visit. This central Copenhagen square will in future double as a recreational urban space and a channel for excess surface water in case of extreme rainfall. The site visit starts at 5 PM at Sankt Annae Plads 4, and again you need to register on RISING’s website.
What could be a better way to spend the last day of RISING, Friday 18 September, than to go on a bus trip to Elsinore? Here, new cultural spaces designed by Danish architectural firms BIG and AART Architects will be showcased. These include Kulturværftet, designed by AART Architects, and Denmark’s new BIG-designed museum, M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark. Registration is required for this event too, and departure will be from Copenhagen Central Station at 8:30 AM.