Takes on Architecture, part V: aesthetics


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Illustration: Wingårdhs

ZENHOUSES in Stockholm by C. F. Møller


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CEBRA spiral 1

Photo: Adam Mørk

Experimentarium view


CEBRA aesthetics

Photo by Mikkel Frost, Cebra

Children's home of the future - Kerteminde


CEBRA Experimentarium 2

Photo: Adam Mørk

Clean lines from CEBRA


Skate city 2

Photo: Mikkel Frost

Skate city by CEBRA at the harbour front in Haderslev


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Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj, COAST

Structure and straight lines at the new housing project by Adept


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Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj, COAST

New cubic houses by Adept.


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Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj, COAST

Balcony view


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Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj, COAST

Aesthetics according to Adept.


In a series of articles, DANISH™ asks a group of experts to elaborate on different architectural parameters. This time, we’ve asked our experts what aesthetics means to them and what kind of aesthetic they aim for.


CEBRA aesthetics

Photo by Mikkel Frost, CEBRA

Mikkel Frost
Founding Partner, CEBRA

‘If you consider the top 10 architects in the world, there seems to be two different tracks you can go down as a top-tier architect. Either you are a ‘signature architecture’, always delivering the same rock-steady expression but in different surroundings, or you’ll have a broad expression that adapts to your surroundings to deliver site-specific top-notch architecture. In the case of the latter, architects deliver different results each and every time.’

‘My own understanding of aesthetics stems from the fact that I’m a contextual architect who always seeks to understand and adapt to my surroundings.’


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Illustration: Wingårdhs

Julian Weyer
Partner, C. F. Møller

‘Blending in yet standing out through aesthetics while giving a nod to the surroundings is the idea behind the Zenhouses project in Stockholm, which comprises 18 homes in total, standing right on the edge between the city and a nature reserve, neighbouring the Husarviken stream and a former gasworks that has been turned into a cultural centre. The architecture is inspired by the gasworks’ red bricks and simple geometry as well as by the area’s green qualities, expressed in the warm tones of the weathering steel facades combined with lighter wooden facades, all in all creating a calm and highly precise appearance.’


Kubehusene ADEPT 2

Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj, COAST

Anders Lonka
Partner, ADEPT

‘An easy way to answer the question about what kind of architectural aesthetic we have or perform, I would simply say “none”. But (apart from the fact that this answer sounds un-reflected in so many ways), the reality behind it is also much more nuanced.’

‘We believe that creating good architecture is a process. This is why our approach is concerned about developing and designing each project on its own terms, with its own aesthetics. We do this through carrying out extensive modelling studies for many different scenarios or solutions that ultimately slowly condense into one strong concept – and these concepts vary, often a lot, from project to project, even if the different projects’ visions have a lot of similarities.’

‘Actually, it is very important to us that we do not try to ‘push a circle into a box’ by aiming at one kind of aesthetic and one aesthetic only. Although, somehow, the final design always clearly shows that it is an ADEPT project; perhaps because of our ongoing and integrated investigation of the generous relationship between architecture and urbanism.’

In this series

Takes on Architecture, part I: Proportions
Takes on Architecture, part II: The Inflow of Daylight
Takes on Architecture, part III: Sustainability
Takes on Architecture, part IV: Minimalism
Takes on Architecture, part V: aesthetics

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