As a quick follow up on this month’s theme ”Challenging the status quo”, DANISH™ would like to highlight two different projects that in different ways challenge how people and communities can benefit from architecture daring to try out new ways of thinking
For a long time, Finn Juhl was part of the Onecollection family. But over the years, it became more and more obvious that Finn Juhl´s furniture appealed to a different audience than the rest of the furniture did within Onecollection and something had to be done. Hence, a new brand was established with the name House of Finn Juhl.
From public church to spa center. Denmark has allowed more than one church to be converted into something entirely different. The way Danish architects have figured out how to optimize the unused historic gems at the island of Læsø in a new and modern way is just one example.
Elegant simplicity designed to stand the test of time – thanks to both durable materials and a timeless look. These are the core values of an upcoming, new lamp – created by rewired in collaboration with Danish architectural firm Friis & Moltke.
With the opening early this morning keynote speaker Anders Hvid, founder of DareDisrupt and co-founder of Singularity University in Denmark gave his take on digitalisation as a mindset and a challenge on how the building industry expects it self to be disruptive.
“When using only digitalisation as an extension of your usual routines or to optimise your work processes is misunderstood, we have to dare to rethink our perception of businesses and branches to gain fully from the technological development,” stated Anders Hvid from Dare Disrupt. He is the keynote speaker at BILT Europe next week.
Parks, playgrounds and activity areas are flourishing in Denmark at present. Paid for either by the state, the local muncipality or the citizens themselves, they counteract the urbanisation going on all over the world. We are looking for places where we can come back to basics, and we should preferably benefit from it in more than one way.
Spaces for Life are seven different projects combining the best architectural aspects from healthcare institutions and your home to support patients battling cancer. Danish studio Cornelius Vöge designed the final project in the series and is getting set for the project launch.
For the fifth year in a row Danish studio Arkitema is looking forward to take part in BILT Europe. An event neccessary for the industry to keep abreast of technological developments. In the end this will give "normal people" the ability to co-design everything from hospitals to new private houses!
This October, BILT Europe will take place in Aarhus, Denmark. Architects, engineers and contractors (ed. AEC) will meet for up to six days to promote better communication within the building industry – all with a focus on increasing efficiency and lowering costs within the sector.
We've asked architects to elaborate on different architectural parameters. Now, with this second article in a series of six, experts from CEBRA, ADEPT and C.F. Møller dwell on the concept of the good inflow of daylight.
In this series, DANISH™ asks a group of experts to elaborate on different architectural parameters. In this third instalment, Danish architecture firms CEBRA, ADEPT and C.F. Møller detail their philosophy on sustainability in architecture.
OEO Studio has created an air of lightness and a soft touch of elegance in Natur & Nicolai Bergmann’s new store in Tokyo. By using exclusive materials that combine Nordic simplicity with an exciting environment, interior design elegantly plays the supporting role.
In spring 2018 Svendborg Architects are part of an exhibition at the Fondation Cartier Paris with "the Cloud" designed in collaboration between the studio and Japanese architect Junya Ishigami. The Cloud is an artistic building symbolising a House of Peace. – A house arised by four friends at a dinnerparty more than 12 years ago!
The Building Information Modelling conference BILT Europe is aiming to conquer Aarhus this October by bringing European professionals in the architecture business together. According to one of the people behind bringing the event to Aarhus, BIM creates better solutions and helps architects to meet the very high demands in the building sector.
The Danish Design Award show is about to become a valuable display window to the building and design industry for the shrink wrap reseller HP Masking. The Danish company sees an opportunity to introduce innovation to the business.
The city hall designs from Henning Larsen are characterised by a high level of openness and transparency, with many different built-in functions. This provides a vivid, versatile city hall that brings joy and benefits to the local government and citizens.
Recently, the Danish architecture firm Friis & Moltke Architects won a competition to design the new addition to a series of nursing homes. When designing for people with dementia, the studio has a clear approach and dynamic recipe – with the keyword being ‘homeliness’.
Today is the first cut of the sod for NEW AARCH, the new school of architecture in Aarhus, Denmark. Just a few days after the announcement, the winning team is meeting up with local students to discuss ideas for the new school.
Strong Interdisciplinary Team Wins International Competition For First Newly Built Architecture School in Denmark
Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT, and Rolvung og Brøndsted Arkitekter in collaboration with engineering companies Tri-Consult and Steensen Varming have won the international competition for the first newly built architecture school in Denmark. They were in competition with BIG, Sanaa, and Lacaton & Vassal, among others.
In Copenhagen, a modular housing concept for the homeless combined with urban gardens is currently on its way. The architectural framework will be incorporated as a healing bridge back to the community.
The Danish landscape architect Mette Bruun Yde combines a playful approach to our everyday environment with a keen interest in scenography. Her new studio MBYLand is about to finish an urban landscape plan for generous, multifunctional spaces that reconnect with the natural qualities of the city of Ringkøbing.
Three main themes are in focus for the RISING Architecture Week 2017: Materials, The City and The Society. But more importantly: You are invited to participate in finding the challenges of tomorrow that should be the content of the festival!
The Danish architectural firm Tegnestuen Vandkunsten uses wood as a central element in many of their projects. According to one of the company’s wood aficionados, architect Kim Dalgaard, wood is returning to the building sector as a load-bearing material.
Jasper Morrison, designer, about Gert Kjeldtoft: Kjeldtoft were recommended to me by the owner of the wonderful Fredericia Furniture, makers of many Danish classic furniture designs. I was looking for a very high level of craftsmanship for a demanding client who wanted the best and insisted on a Danish carpenter. The resulting quality of joinery in the finished piece was remarkable, far better than I or the client had expected, and I greatly appreciated their ability to work around the inevitable problems. If it's quality and efficiency you're after, go see Kjeldtoft.
Danish JJW Architects has utilised the world's first Cradle to Cradle certified cement-free mortar from the Danish company KALK to build the extension and renovation of Katrinedals School in Copenhagen.
Can your house be recycled and thereby transformed into new buildings or products? According to architect Kasper Guldager Jensen, a frontrunner of incorporating circular economy in the building industry, it sure can.
The work of American artist James Turrell is going to be a part of the new expansion of the Danish museum ARoS. A large spherical light installation measuring 25 metres in diameter has been commissioned, and will become an integrated part of the existing architecture. It is planned to be finished in 2017.
Danes are really good at using their city and the spaces within it. There is an increasing trend in Denmark at the moment, where urban spaces with a lot of new possibilities are becoming part of our lives. People can come and relax with their family, or kids can hang out with their friends. All of these spaces have one thing in common: to create a space for inclusion – inclusion through a variety of activities.
They are inseparable. The two founders of Norm.Architects, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn, have made quite a name for themselves with their distinctive, minimal architectural aesthetic and no-nonsense approach, both in Denmark as well as internationally.
Being able to watch the seasons change without bars in front of your window is not something you normally expect as an inmate, nor to be able to play sports or eat a meal together with your prison guard. Nonetheless, this is exactly what life is like behind the 20" wall surrounding Halden prison in Norway.
When architecture and art are brought together it adds an extra dimension. The clear lines of architecture are challenged and embraced in the meeting with the creative art scene, resulting in an extraordinary symbiosis.
With two recent museum building competitions won by AART architects, it is timely that we talk to founding partner Anders Tyrrestrup about his thoughts behind these special buildings and how to dive into our cultural heritage through architecture.
At Spant Studio, everything is drawn or drafted digitally. Although the small studio has a workshop, the clear majority of prototypes are made on a 3D printer. The 3D printer is a small part of a process filled with digital tools, but the traditional sketch book still has its place.
From time to time you come across summer houses so well-designed that experiencing the mere presence of the architecture makes you feel good – sometimes even great. But we’re quite sure these two examples will leave you breathless.
Danish architects, ADEPT, won the commission to design the new urban area "Buda-part" in Budapest. The masterplan is based on a distorted grid structure with references to both historic and modern parts of the city. Construction of the first buildings have already started in the 43 ha mixed-use neighbourhood, where built property will count approximately 600.000 m2.
The team of Danish schauman & nordgren architects and Swedish mandaWorKs is in more than one meaning on the way to the top: Recently announced winners in international open architecture competition about the area of Tampere Hiedanranta in Finland. The Jury awarded the proposal, ’hiedanranta innovation Bay’ with a shared first prize.
The term livability tends to sum up what we associate with the welfare of a city, the architecture, and the urban development. Livability suggests that quality of life is the holy grail of urban development but it creates a clear hierarchy where architecture and design is at the top. Words come from Jeff Risom, Partner and Managing Director at Gehl, US in his latest blog.
We have, with help from a number of Danish architectural firms, compiled a list of the 10 most beautiful pictures of Danish architecture. Get lost in these beautiful pictures, and then read about the visions behind each project.
We’ve put together a list of the 10 most-read architecture articles of 2016. Based on the total number of page views, the list comprises articles published from 1 January to 1 December 2016, and shows a wide variety of DANISH™ architectural subjects.
“It´s raining cats and dogs” is a very British expression. This park, designed by LABLAND architects in close cooperation with the citizens of the small town of Laasby in Denmark, can handle every kind of weather. In fact, the weather is the whole reason why the park was created in the first place. Fundings involved in Laasby Seapark: Realdania Lokale og anlægsfonden (fond for plants- and premises) Vanførefonden (fond for disabled, ed.) Friluftsrådet (council of outdoor activities, ed.)
“Our main purpose is always to keep the credibility of a building and its story intact and we strive to maintain a very humble approach when changing, modifying or rebuilding historic sites," states Inge-Lise Kragh of Rønnow Architects.
The man behind architectural developments such as the VIA 57 West courtscraper, the new Google Headquarter in Mountain View and the “grand vision” behind SpaceX’s Hyperloop, was giving a talk on social infrastructure and hedonistic sustainability.
Now a wide range of Danish architects and other AEC professionals are wearing a whole new set of black. The New Black. The BIM. Don’t get it wrong: it is not that BIM is new – actually architectural studios like JUUL FROST Architects have been using BIM since 2006. But now – ten years later – they are no longer alone … at all.
Imagine a dark, grey sky. Now add wind – and then maybe occasionally some rain….You are standing in the urban square at the gateway of the second largest city in Denmark. Besides the weather, you find nothing but empty space and a bench there. -This emptiness was just too much for architect and developer Frantz Longhi.
RTC Europe is an event covering Building Information Modelling (BIM) in all its aspects, with a core focus on workflows centred on Autodesk Revit, as well as complementary and alternative applications. This is a ‘for users, by users’ event, where experts and leaders in the field of BIM share their knowledge and experience, express their passion and exchange their insights.
With the Örnsro Timber Town proposal, C.F. Møller has won the task of designing a visionary residential quarter in central Örebro, Sweden. The competition was held by Örebro Municipality together with the Swedish Association of Architects. The goal is to create an extraordinary urban quarter, as a "new impulse in the city".
“I truly believe that the spaces we move through have a great impact on our well-being and welfare in society, which is why I also have a hope that architecture in the future will take on that responsibility of working with the mind.”
Graduate architect Mathias Højfeldt Nielsen's final project focuses on how to explore the possibilities of combining digital and ecological design methodologies in order to reduce climate changes caused by human impact.
Newly educated Zuha Alasadi wants to show how town planning and urban design is imperative in dealing with migration, and other forms of societal change. Her project shows how you can enhance a city’s response to increased mobility while continuing to evolve for the benefit of its inhabitants.
Louise Linthwaite’s graduation project is a study of a ruin, its revitalisation, and relationship to the city and the body; executed by the exploration of fragmented contextual devices across the mediums of models, reliefs, collage, and drawing.
Danish architect, Jes Vagnby, has been working with temporary architecture and music festivals for the past several decades, at the same time discovering new perspectives on more permanent cities. According to Vagnby, temporary festival spaces can move focus away from individualism towards a more concentrated community feeling and social sustainability.
The Danish architectural firm JJW Architects has designed a new multifunctional health-care centre in Albertslund, a suburb 15 kilometres west of Copenhagen. The new building is a combined health-care centre, nursing home and department store, and has recently opened its doors to the public.
Feeling safe and creating space to learn is the main foundation for COBE in creating architecture for children. ‘We want to ensure your future’, states the creative director Dan Stubbergaard in this Q and A about architecture for the little people.
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.
To create buildings that function in the best possible way, user involvement is a tool that is becoming more and more common nowadays and is seen by many architects as an integral part of the process when designing architectural solutions. Here, we delve into the user involvement process by asking the Danish architectural practice Friis & Moltke Architects about their views and experience of this.
Based on the desire to upgrade and unite office and canteen areas for administrative and manufacturing staff, the Danish architectural studio Tegnestuen Mejeriet has redesigned an old malt factory in Haderslev, Denmark, for the Danish brewery Fuglsang.
Driving innovation forward demands different competencies and qualities in and around each company. Here, we want to give you a look inside the innovation processes of two Danish companies, namely the shoe manufacturer ECCO and the architectural firm 3XN.
MIPIM, which is one of the world’s largest property events, took place in Cannes, France, last week. We watched some of Denmark’s most creative architects talk about their projects to the crowds of real estate developers and investors.
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.
In Copenhagen, the Black Diamond, with its sharp lines and sparkling polished surfaces, is one of the most significant architectural landmarks on the waterfront and a true contemporary example of architecture that lasts.
From 10 to 20 March, Copenhagen Architecture Festival will take place in the Danish cities of Aarhus, Aalborg and Copenhagen. The festival feature more than 150 events that offer a wide range of approaches to architecture.
We take a look at three Danish-designed primary and lower secondary schools, which are either total designs or conversion projects, where architecture has been given new life through a transformation.
This March, the southern French city of Cannes is hosting MIPIM, which is an international property event. With more than 1500 architects, MIPIM has become a major event for international architecture.
When looking at the term ‘temporary’ in relation to architecture, a whole world of impermanent architectural projects unfolds. Here, we want to give you a glimpse of a few Danish projects and events that focus on ‘temporary’ as a quality in architecture.
St Catherine’s College in Oxford, designed by world-renowned Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, is providing an opportunity for those passionate about architecture and design to stay in an architectural masterpiece.
It’s not every day that a whole new architects’ school gets built. Nevertheless, this is exactly what Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects did in 2010 with the Umeå School of Architecture in northern Sweden. Located by the Umeå River, this is a place for creativity and artistic experimenting – a place for training future architects.
By Mette Kynne Frandsen, CEO & Partner at Henning Larsen Architects. When travelling abroad, I am often asked, ‘How does the work of Danish architecture practices differ from the work of foreign practices?’ Allow me to answer using the typology of cultural buildings as the example
The contemporary art museum Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, originally designed by world-renowned Finnish architect Aalvar Aalto together with Elissa Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël, reopens on 23 January after a thorough restoration led by Danish architect firm Erik Møller Arkitekter.
During 2015 we featured a lot of interesting architecture and a common denominator in a number of them were staircases that blew us away. In this recap we will share these staircases with you once more, as a stair is more than just a means of getting from one floor to another; it is a focal point that can enhance great architecture solutions.
During 1969 and 1970, Danish architect Arne Jacobsen designed a summer house called Kubeflex that incorporated strong references to structuralism. It was a break with centuries of eclecticism, where facades had for a long time been decorated with elements from every thinkable period.
In the town of Kerteminde, Denmark, Danish CEBRA architecture studio has designed a new children’s home. The Children’s Home of the Future combines the traditional home’s safe environment with new pedagogical ideas and conceptions of what a modern children’s home is.
Architecture is a space – constructed and experienced – a space in a building, in the city or in the landscape. How we use a space is very different. However, we always want to get as much as we can from a space; that requires that every option is taken into consideration.
The Danish flooring company Dinesen demonstrates remarkable craftsmanship and a knowledge of wood. Dinesen’s passion for wood is evident when talking to fifth-generation owner Thomas Dinesen and the company’s employees. We visited the head office and production facility in the small town of Jels in Jutland, where it all began 117 years ago.
The Danish architectural firm 3XN recently designed a new 49-storey high-rise in Sydney called the Quay Quarter Tower. The new high-rise excels in creating space for local and international business by being comprised of five separate volumes stacked upon each other.
Livsrum is a project by the Danish Cancer Society and Realdania that includes the construction of seven cancer counselling centres near hospital cancer wards throughout Denmark. The centre has been designed Danish architect firm EFFEKT
During the RISING Architecture Week in Copenhagen in September, we sat down and had a talk with keynote speaker Harley K. Dubois, who is the co-founder of one of the first creative maker events – the Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, America.
Danish architects have known the importance of incorporating good lighting in architecture for many years and have created multiple examples of great lighting solutions in cultural institutions; and here we want to share a few with you.
What creates a great public space? How does the cityscape matter to its users, and what is the vision for Denmark’s capital city when it comes to taking care of the city’s urban landscapes? We zoom in on some of the public spaces in Copenhagen.
Danish architectural firm C.F. Møller Architects won the competition to transform the Danish city of Aalborg’s waterfront in 2004. This September, the second phase of the transformation was launched. We took a plunge into the new water-centric urban space.
Designing churches has been a noble discipline in architecture for centuries and many churches are known for their architectural quality. Today, we have delved into the design of two distinctive Danish churches.
It is time for changes within the Danish design and architecture scene, as both Dorte Mandrup, owner of Dorte Mandrup Architects, and Thomas Graversen, owner of Fredericia Furniture, have carefully analysed the needs of their companies and chosen to take a very ambitious and forward-looking step on the path towards a new period.
Many Danish architectural offices are enjoying international success these days. But which architectural practices should you pay particular attention to in the future? We set out to find five Danish architects to keep an eye on.
Danish COBE Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects have redesigned Nørreport Station in Copenhagen. Focusing on sustainability, the two architectural practices have given new life to one the busiest traffic hubs in Denmark.
Denmark is known for its infrastructure and good bike lanes. Whether you are a student or a businessperson, your chosen form of transport will often be the bike. For some time, other countries have been looking to Denmark – and to Scandinavia in general – for inspiration on how to reduce public car use and increase the cyclist culture, as well as on how to transform public spaces into pedestrian-friendly areas.
Sluseholmen is a modern housing project near Copenhagen’s southern harbour. Designed by Danish architectural practice Arkitema Architects and Dutch architect Sjoerd Soeters, Sluseholmen includes eight housing islands that altogether consists of more than 1,000 dwellings.
Copenhagen has a new bridge, and maybe even our next landmark, it is Cirkelbroen designed by Danish Icelandic Olafur Eliasson. It is funded by Nordea Fonden and it opened 22 August where over 7000 Danes participated in the opening.
September will see architecture as the focal point of tremendous activity in Copenhagen with the city running its first RISING Architecture Week from 15 - 18 September 2015. We have selected a few highlights for you here.
When you visit Copenhagen you will come across a lot of different houseboats if you are near Sluseholmen, Ved Slusen, Havneholmen or Islands Brygge. We visited Lisbeth and Laust on their houseboat in the southern part of Copenhagen called “Ved Slusen”.
Located in a charming little holiday town in Jutland with the Kattegat on one side and Vejle fjord on the other, you find the holiday home of architect Bjarne Hammer, founding partner of schmidt hammer lassen.
Today we are focusing on an example of functionalism within Danish architecture: Aarhus City Hall. Designed by late Danish architects Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller, this major work has inspired generations of architects since its opening in 1941.
Google is planning to build their new headquarters at Charleston East, a site located just opposite to their current headquarters, the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Danish architect firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and English architect firm Heatherwick Studio have designed the proposed new headquarters.
We have taken a closer look at three Danish-designed education buildings in which form and function come together to create interesting spaces for learning. With two located in Denmark and one in England, we examine the diversity in the buildings’ shapes and sizes.
The famous sports brand Adidas is adding to its headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, with a conference centre that will hold both a showroom and an employee restaurant. Danish architecture company COBE won the international competition and will now start the realisation of the project together with German COBE Berlin, Knippers Helbig and Transsolar.
This April the first temporary exhibition is opening in the new museum building at Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, Denmark. We took a closer look at the architecture behind the new building designed by Henning Larsen Architects.
The Danish design studio OeO is run by Thomas Lykke and Anne-Marie Buemann. We met up with Creative Director Thomas Lykke to talk about their ideas and the concept for the design of Dinesen’s new showroom.
The International Olympic Committee’s new headquarters will be in Lausanne on the bank of Lake Geneva on a 24,000 square metre site. 3XN was selected to design the headquarters after an international architectural competition. The new building will bring together 600 employees.
A snail-shaped hothouse cladded with EFTE foil cushions now embellishes the Aarhus Botanical Gardens. The hothouse was designed by C.F. Møller Architects with an emphasis on sustainable design and advanced computer technology.
By Ida Relsted Kærup, Architectural Communication Officer at schmidt hammer lassen. The first, large-scale, modern hybrid library to open in Canada in recent years, the new Halifax Central Library, designed by Danish firm schmidt hammer lassen architects, has just opened in Halifax, Nova Scotia.