Every now a then sparkling ideas about business plans or how to save the world arise at dinner parties. Almost just as often, these ideas don´t seem quite as good or as easy to accomplish the day after. However, when it comes to House of Peace, funded and founded by HOPE, it´s quite another story. Intrigued? You should be… and here´s why:
The idea for House of Peace first arose at a dinner party, where four friends, comprising a former solo dancer at the Royal Danish Ballet, an architect, an entrepeneur and a renowned Danish musician, decided to join forces in an ambitious quest to develop something that was clearly bigger than themselves, specifically they dreamed of peace and of creating a place for peace.
To drive forward this goal and their vision for peace, they founded the private institution House of Peace (HOPE) in 2003. Since then, HOPE has been working on the creation of a building monument as a a symbol of peace, located in Copenhagen’s harbour.
The realisation of House of Peace was designed in co-operation between architects from Denmark and Japan, namely Svendborg and Junya Ishigami, who together won the opportunity to develop the project in 2014. About the collaboration between them, Johnny Svendborg says:
”To design and shape our environment is a universal act of humans. Architecture is a language relating to and appealing directly to the senses of humanity and our perspective on proportions. It is my conviction that Ishigami and I share an intuitive architectural acknowledgement of the potential hidden in a mock-up or in a hand-drawn sketch. However, it is still interesting how one is able to cooperate with a person so far away geographically and yet still find more common understanding in this co-operation than one might be able to with the people living directly above and around you.”
House of Peace, or ’The Cloud’ as The HOPE Foundation has named the construction, was designed through meetings held online and offline between the two architects. The expression of the house is the result of numerous hours of discussion and sketching, tells Johnny Svendborg:
”Every piece of material we considered, even the ones not ultimately chosen, had elements of being generic and timeless. We wanted the building to be present in the most minimalistic way imaginable, while at the same time wanting it to embrace it´s guests to the utmost degree. The purpose of HOPE is peace, but the space in The Cloud itself should be mutable. At the very end of our development process, we chose an organic shape comprising one assembled room embracing different spatial experiences from the variation of the highs and the curves in the construction.”
On the other side of summer, peace will get a new chance to shine when The Cloud is part of an exhibition with Junya Ishigami as the focal point at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. There, Johnny Svendborg is looking forward to showcasing a giant model of the House of Peace, saying:
”Prior to this, the world has only seen 2D drawings and renderings, but personally I am truly fond of models because they tend to give everybody a better perspective of the proportions as well as space. That being said, I really hope the visitors will appreciate what they see and perhaps it will also help us move one step closer to peace!”
Here you can find more about the exhibition taking place in spring 2018 at the Fondation Cartier in Paris focusing on Junya Ishigami.