Urban Development

Public Design – Big and Small Scale

Whenever you are in the public space, you are part of experiences, products and planning made for public use. DANISH™ zooms in on two projects at each end of the scale as representatives of public design made by Danish hands.

Flexible Cities of the Future

Whether an idea for a solution comes from an art-conceptual water installation or the usage of data-logging and internet-of-things technology, the future architect has to be creative to think of flexible solutions that automatically accommodate the needs of the individual, when they enter a certain area or space.

You Could Make Your City More Liveable

A new international award from Danish BLOXHUB, called Prix BLOXHUB Interactive,aims to put a strong focus on how we can make our cities more liveable by giving prize awards to the most hybrid and trans-disciplinary projects

A Deep Dive into Social Responsibility

Housing, Education, Hospitals, Caretaking, and Interior and Design are the five areas in which, as of this year, FRIIS & MOLTKE will be able to offer increased expertise. The five areas are already what the company is renowned and acknowledged for and are chosen due to their interaction with society and the people living in it.

Nature is not a destination – it's a fundamental element of life

Recently, the Danish architectural practice Schønherr won an award from the Society of Concrete Elements for their work with a newly developed nature park in Denmark. Besides having a strong figurative appeal, Schønherr wanted to emphasize how nature always has something new to offer.

Three Times 3XN in Toronto

Canada’s biggest city just got more Danish as architectural company 3XN are about to design their third and newest addition to the emerging Bayside community in Toronto, Canada.

Designing from the Inside Out

Understanding the behaviour of human beings is essential when designing lasting, functional architecture. At DISSING+WEITLING architecture, they call it designing from the inside out. Daniel Hayden, a Partner and Architect MAA at DISSING+WEITLING architecture, shares his thoughts about this fundamental design strategy and how it relates to time and value.

Subtle contrasts are key

Danish architect, interior decorator and furniture designer Mads Emil Garde uses discrete contrasts to design state-of-the-art projects. His company is called GARDE. and no task is too big or too small – as long as scale-wandering is possible

Brick by brick, existing buildings tell valuable stories

Transformation, as in renewing the purposes and structures of old buildings, is part of the business-strategy at AART architects. When preserving cultural history, architecture creates a social impact, with the final result often being even less expensive than building from scratch.

Last Chance to Save the Planet

The open call for Prix BLOXHUB Interactive ends on February 15th – This is the last chance, to enter with an urban visionary solution that might just save the world.

The Future of the Architect

What is the role of the architect today? How does it differ from that of the past and what lessons can we learn from the past? These are questions that JUUL | FROST Architects reflect upon in their newly released book Lifting the Gaze. This is their take on what may be required of architects in the future

Keeping Architectural 3D Simple

As part of the increasingly widespread use of 3D models in landscape architecture, Danish landscape architects Schønherr have developed a 3D model for trees, which combines traditional disciplines with the new 3D technologies.

Top 5 Most-Read Architecture Articles of 2018

We’ve put together a list of the top 5 most-read articles about architecture from January 1st to December 18th according to page views, with each article featuring the work of awesome Danish architects. Enjoy.

Activating Humans Through Design

With the theme of “December: play and learn through design and architecture” this is the first of two compilations that shows how Danish designers and architects work with playfulness and learning through their competencies. This article will focus on how to activate kids and grown-ups at schools for the sake of better learning.

The Danish Touch

Danish architecture is famous around the world. But what makes Danish architects special today? To find out, DANISH™ asked an American and a Danish architect working at the Los Angeles office of Gensler, one of the world’s biggest architecture firms.

Cultivating Danish Education Through Architecture

How is it possible to convert aesthetic and sustainable architectural design into learning and a blooming local society? Take a look at the impressive construction of Campus Kolding at the University of Southern Denmark.

Danish Architects join Forces in China

DISSING+WEITLING and Kragh & Berglund are among the Danish companies participating in Asia’s biggest design event and attraction, Beijing Design Week 2018. Together, the two companies represent the Danish human-centred way of designing public architecture and urban spaces.

Editor's Pick on Architecture

The Editor of DANISH™ highlights five distinctive architectural firms to showcase the great diversity in Danish architecture.

Top Ten Most Read Articles on Architecture Summer 2018 - Part 2

We’ve put together a list of the 10 most-read architecture articles of the first part of 2018. This is Part 2– from 5 to 1.  

Top Ten Most Read Articles on Architecture Summer 2018 - Part 1

We’ve put together a list of the 10 most-read architecture articles of the first part of 2018. This is Part 1 – from 10 to 6.

The Short News on Architecture - June

A new book recently launched on the initiative of the “Danish Concrete” association explores 21 architectural successes made with concrete. The projects of Danish studios Henning Larsen Architects and Friis & Moltke are featured. In Scotland Gehl is part of a masterplan creating 50 houses a year over the next 30 years due to increased population.

Brick by Brick – From Hospital to University

New buildings aren’t always the answer to urban renewal. In Aarhus, Denmark, they try to breathe new life into old buildings by giving them a new purpose. AART architects are leading the team behind an ambitious project to transform the old Aarhus Municipal Hospital into a new campus site named The University Town.

Cirkelbroen – a step towards an inclusive city

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.

Danish Design Looking Out to Strengthen its DNA

Despite having a long and strong tradition within design, it is sometimes necessary to reach out to the world and get some help to define the essence of what it is that makes Danish design unique.

Water Leads the Way

Schønherr has designed one of the most ambitious climate adaptation projects in Denmark. The project was recently awarded the DANVA & Realdania Climate Award 2017 for the way it integrates water as part of the solution.

Embracing the Paradox of Planning for Informality

Our experiences in mega-cities like Chongqing, China, large cities like New York City and Moscow, and small cities like Charlotte, USA and Holsterbro, Denmark, point toward the local context and identity being the most important factor when making investments and design decisions, states this new blog created out of Gehl Architecure

Modular, Durable and Colourful - Why Danish Designers Use Plastic to Design Outdoor Furniture

Let’s have a look at how HANS SANDGREN JAKOBSEN and Lars Vejen used plastic to make seating for public spaces that is durable, easy to move around and that you can transform both in shape and colour.

Living with Folding Furniture

Folding furniture is becoming increasingly popular as our living spaces become ever smaller. In this article, we take a closer look at some Danish designs that you can fold and put away or even hang on the wall.

Architecture – Creating Value Beyond the Building

Tomorrow the exhibition RÅT opens. It showcases the projects of graduates from the Aarhus School of Architecture. DANISH™ went by the school´s rector Torben Nielsen for an interview about his vision for the school and the students.

Henning Larsen City Hall Designs Frame the Future Public Sector

A city hall is no longer a stiff, formal place. At least not, when it's designed by Henning Larsen. Check out how they rethink the classic format of the official building and make it an asset for the local community.

An Open Sky Results in Urban Sea Park Development

“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.)

Upside Down

By changing perspective and playing with form, Danish architects create unique shapes that make their architectural landmarks stand out. We took a closer look at Danish architecture that challenges the status quo.

3XN Architects Have Designed the Good Neighbour

“Our most important question before starting out the Royal Arena project was: How do we design the venue as a good neighbour for this area?”

Self-Sufficient Headquarters for the International Olympic Committee

Tearing down and building up. The new IOC headquarters is a beauty when talking about green and sustainable buildings.

Stay on Top – Four Remarkable Rooftops

How about a skiing slope or a theatre stage on top of your house? Rooftops can have so many more cool features than just keeping us dry and safe during rough weather, check some of them here!

Open Door-Event Represent the Danish Way of BILTing

Join the world of BIM.

Creativity World Forum

Are you ready to expand your creative horizon? Join us at this year's Creativity World Forum.

Back to Basics – Looking Sharp!

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.  

Takes on Architecture, part VI: geometry

What does geometry means to our panel of architects? Read the last article in our series Takes on Architecture.

BILT Better Buildings – a Talk with an Executive Chairman

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.

Top 10 Most Read Articles This Spring

Summer calls for something vibrant and sparkling! We´ve wrapped up those ten articles that´s been most engaging and gained the most reach this spring. We hope you enjoy it!

The World Calls for a House of Peace

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!

Turning an old silo into high-rise apartments

Danish architectural firm COBE Architects is turning an old silo in Copenhagen into modern housing.

Architecture and Sports Unite at Vestre Fjord Park

Vestre Fjord Park. The new project designed by ADEPT had a baptism of fire at this year's DGI Sport and Cultural Festival.

3 On-Water Structures That Ooze Coolness

Cool, fluctuating functionality and fine details all characterise these top-tier projects from some of Denmark’s finest architects.

Countdown to the Danish Design Award: The Jury and the People

See the 18 persons assessing the design solutions submitted to Denmark’s major design award, the Danish Design Award.

Countdown to the Danish Design Award: Improved Welfare

Meet the four finalists competing on the Danish Design Award in the Improved Welfare category.

Sustainable City Halls Are the City’s New Community Centre

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.

Bikes are the New Black

Danish-founded company Sanitov is busy with urban good life and sustainability, which shows in their two newly launched bikes; movE and speeD.

Nordic Design on the Agenda at SXSW 2017

Design isn't only about beautiful buildings and iconic items. Peter Kamph, Head of Communication at Danish Design Center, gives his take on design after visiting this years SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Ready, set, NEW AARCH!

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.

This Temporary Complex Combines Urban Gardening with Housing for the Homeless

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.

Cities by MBYLand for Everyone and Everyday

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.

6 Danish Architecture Feeds to Follow

We proudly recommend you 6 Danish architecture feeds to follow on Instagram.

RISING a challenge

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!

Urban Spaces combining Culture and Recreation

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.

Behind the Scenes of ‘Interference’

Digital media has become a part of our daily lives – not only in the form of the Internet but as urban architecture.

Designing Architecture for our Cultural Heritage

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.

Alliances in Architecture

DANISH™ investigates how an architectural collaboration works out and seeks to find and describe the benefits of collaborating.

Danish Architects ADEPT Behind Largest Urban Development in Budapest for 30 Years

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.

Danish/Swedish coop upon Urban Development goes to the top

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.

Three Remarkable Danish-designed Bridges

Here, we bring you three examples of Danish-designed bridges – one small, one a bit bigger and finally, an 11-km bridge in South America.

The 10 Most Beautiful Pictures of Danish Architecture

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.

A Pitstop for Refugees

A headline made Zuhal Kocan stop and turn her head while studying architecture. Education interrupted. This made her ponder the issue about young refugees of a war. Now she offers a solution.

Top 10 Most-Read Architecture Articles of 2016

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.

This Henning Larsen Architects-designed School Strives for Better Learning Through Movement

The recently inaugurated Frederiksbjerg School is meant to help move pupils in more than one sense, while at the same time focusing on aspects such as the use of a human scale and dynamic spaces.

In a City of Bikes, Double U Brings Joy and Order

”There are nine million bicycles in Beijing”….Lyrics are the British singer/songwriter Katie Melua. It´s a very nice song. But for small start-up company Double U in Copenhagen the line could also be an obvious business opportunity. For a year now they have been designing and producing mobile bike stands suitable for festivals, cafés and concerts.

Schønherr Rises to the Challenges of Climate Change

In order to deal with the ongoing and future changes of climate it requires insight, will and skill, particularly when renewing urban spaces. Danish Schønherr walks this fine line.

Report: Bjarke Ingels’ talk at the Aarhus School of Architecture

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.

Urban Planning for Dinner

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.

Strong Design Creates Social Interaction

Our architecture combines strong design with high functionality, which promotes social interaction and sustainable solutions, states Jan Ammundsen of 3XN.

A Town of Timber

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".  

Let Flow the Commuters

“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.”

Combining Digital and Ecological Design

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.

How to make Migration Attractive

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.

Temporary Architecture, Part I: Roskilde Festival

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.

Too Many Chefs – Improve The Broth!

Falafel, dolma, dates. Kofta, coriander and thin soft bread. Taste à la Gellerup places 80 different food cultures on the kitchen table and converts food into a mass medium.

A caretaking Building

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.

Not your ordinary athletics facility

The athletics facility at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense breaks from traditions and linear disciplines with a rolling terrain containing grass, Lupine plants and trees.

Video: Godsbanen – A Creative Powerhouse

We went to Aarhus to experience and document a little part of everyday life in the old freight area in the centre of Denmark’s second biggest city.

Europe’s coolest harbour area?

Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus, is in the middle of a transformation from an industrial harbour to a recreational urban area featuring some of the most significant architecture.

Architecture for the many

We go behind the exhibition ‘Art of Many and The Right to Space’, which is the Danish contribution to this year’s architectural Biennale in Venice, Italy.

Recap of this spring’s winning architectural teams

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.

Resilience: More than sustainable

We delve into resilience, which is the idea of making architecture last the test of time, so that it can adapt to new surroundings and different demands.

Reporting back from MIPIM

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.

Urban development: On Copenhagen’s bicycle bridges

We have taken a closer look at Copenhagen’s bicycle bridges, which, every day, help thousands of cyclists to get around.

21st Century Danes

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.

An offer with plenty of architecture

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.

A look at temporary Danish 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.

A Sense of Community

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

TOP 10 most-read architecture articles of 2015

We made a list of the most popular architecture content from our online magazine this year, so sit tight, when we delve into the top 10 most-read design articles at DANISH™ in 2015.

Turning shipping containers into modern housing

Danish architectural practice Vandkunsten recently helped design CPH Shelter, a sustainable mobile housing system built using traditional shipping containers.

DANISH™ Architecture in Copenhagen

We aim to show how Copenhagen is a city to watch when it comes to showing the effects that good and innovative architecture can have on society. We hope you will enjoy our video!

Creating public spaces that matter

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.

From industrial waterfront to lush urban space

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.

CEBRA paves the way for new ways of learning

Danish architectural practice CEBRA has recently completed work on HF & VUC Fyn – an adult education centre in Odense, Denmark.

The multifaceted use of urban gardening

The urban gardening – or urban farming – movement has become increasingly popular these past few years. We decided to find out some interesting ways of doing gardening in the city.

Five Danish architects to watch

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.

Redesigning Denmark’s busiest train station

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.

Changing the ways of New Yorkers

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.

Copenhagen's cool canal community

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.

Rejuvenation of a megacity

The Danish urban design practice Gehl Architects has in recent years created increased social interaction and public well-being through careful urban planning in Brazil’s biggest city, São Paulo.

See our recommendations for RISING

We have chosen a few recommendations for you, if you are planning to visit RISING Architecture Week in Copenhagen next week.

RISING: Aarhus Pre-Event

Tomorrow, 29 August, a new architecture exhibition called CREATE WITH aarhUS is opening in Aarhus, Denmark, as part of the RISING Architecture Week’s Pre-Event.

Wooden high-rise goes back to basics

Danish architectural firm C.F. Møller has recently designed a wooden high-rise building, where an innovative use of materials and sustainability are key elements.

From worn-out containers to a modern office building

UNIONKUL STACK 1 is a three-storey high office building made from worn-out shipping containers in the Northern Harbour of Copenhagen.

RISING Architecture Week is just around the corner

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.

Arkitema Architects designs village-like student housing complex

Danish architectural firm Arkitema Architects has recently designed Uptown Nørrebro – a student residency project providing around 500 new student residences in Copenhagen.

Henning Larsen Architects designs landmark hotel

With 190 rooms, three restaurants, conference facilities for 400 people and various spa services, the new hotel in Sønderborg will be the biggest hotel in the southern region of Denmark.

EFFEKT’s harbour farm creates co-dependent community around sea-life

Danish architect practice EFFEKT has designed a harbour farm for Copenhagen’s inner harbour – a place for both urban fish farms and recreational activities.

Meet the man behind Denmark’s new architecture week

We had a talk with Peter Mørk, the originator of the Rising Architecture Week, which will run from 15 to 18 September 2015 in Copenhagen.

Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio redefine corporate architecture with new Google HQ

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.

C.F. Møller submits ambitious housing plan in England

Danish C.F. Møller Architects has submitted its proposal for new housing in the village of Waddesdon, England, after it won an international architectural competition in 2013.

Two Danish architecture companies are among the world’s most innovative

Fast Company has nominated the top ten most innovative architecture companies in the world. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is number two on the list, and C.F. Møller takes fifth place.

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