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Venice Biennale 2014: Danish Pavilion to Reintroduce the Power of Aesthetics

00:00 - 17 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Danish Pavilion to Reintroduce the Power of Aesthetics, Frederiksberg Urban Spaces, photo by Ulrika Wahlmark (2009), Courtesy of SLA
Frederiksberg Urban Spaces, photo by Ulrika Wahlmark (2009), Courtesy of SLA

What does butterflies, quantum mechanics, poetry and dirt have to do with architecture? In the Danish pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, you are invited to sense, wonder, be curious and reflect when you meet the smell of dirt, read Niels Bohr’s letter to Einstein, hear the sound of poetry and burry your toes in pine needles. The pavilion reintroduces the forgotten power of aesthetics as the complementary to the rational. It argues that the two together form the foundation for our future decision making.

C.F. Møller Wins Vendsyssel Hospital Competition

01:00 - 10 May, 2014
C.F. Møller Wins Vendsyssel Hospital Competition, Hospital Entrance. Image © C.F. Møller
Hospital Entrance. Image © C.F. Møller

Danish firm C.F. Møller has won first place in a competition to design an extension and renovation of Vendsyssel Hospital in Hjørring, Denmark. This winning proposal will add 14,000 square meters to the existing structure, incorporating a new treatment center, a ward for mothers and children, and a rooftop children’s playground. The new facilities are arranged around large courtyards, and make use of large windows to display the path of travel through the hospital. This helps make navigating through the large building as easy as possible.

Media Architecture Biennale 2014

00:00 - 6 May, 2014
Media Architecture Biennale 2014

Architects, designers and artists meet with academia and industry, when the world’s premier media architecture event takes place on 19-22 November in Aarhus, Denmark, with a pre-event in Copenhagen.

The biennale brings together people and organizations that work with media and the built environment: With media facades, with urban screens and with buildings that communicate – be it with colorful LEDs, flashing light bulbs, or with heat-sensitive concrete that ’freezes’ the shadows of passers-by. Across professions and nationalities, participants will create and discuss the media architecture of the future. And they will investigate how media architecture shapes people’s lives in the cities of the world.

More information after the break.

ADEPT Wins High Profile Competition for the Danish Armed Forces

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
ADEPT Wins High Profile Competition for the Danish Armed Forces, Exterior View. Image © ADEPT / doug&wolf
Exterior View. Image © ADEPT / doug&wolf

Danish architecture firm ADEPT has won first place in a competition to add three new buildings to the Danish Armed Forces Complex in Aalborg, Denmark. In keeping with the Armed Forces’ Green Establishments initiative, a project that encourages the lowering of energy use and CO2 emissions, the new barracks will be a visible model of sustainability

LEGO® Architecture's Newest Edition: BIG's Unbuilt LEGO® House

00:00 - 21 April, 2014
LEGO® Architecture's Newest Edition: BIG's Unbuilt LEGO® House, © LEGO®
© LEGO®

LEGO® has released their newest, limited-edition architecture set: BIG’s unbuilt LEGO® House. Planned for completion in 2016, the creatively stacked “experience center,” which will commemorate the toy company’s history and future, is the first unbuilt project offered as part of the series. 

The minimalist, white block set is only available for purchase in LEGO®'s hometown of Billund (or here on ebay). A glimpse of just how the blocks (and building) might be constructed, after the break...

House of Music / Coop Himmelb(l)au

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
House of Music / Coop Himmelb(l)au, © Martin Schubert
© Martin Schubert

© Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au © Rene Jeppesen +28

House of Disable People's Organization / Cubo + Force4

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
House of Disable People's Organization / Cubo + Force4, © Martin Schubert
© Martin Schubert

© Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert +22

Herzog & de Meuron to Design One of Denmark’s Largest Hospitals

00:00 - 9 April, 2014
Herzog & de Meuron to Design One of Denmark’s Largest Hospitals , Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron and Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects have been announced as winners of an international competition to design one of Denmark’s largest hospitals: Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland. Selected ahead of six other practices, including BIG and C.F. Møller, Herzog & de Meuron’s nature-inspired proposal will provide the New North Zealand Hospital with a 124,000 square meter facility that serves 24 medical departments and provides over 660 beds. 

“The hospital organically reaches out into the wide landscape. Simultaneously its soft, flowing form binds the many components of the hospital,” described the architects. “It is a low building that fosters exchange between staff and patients, and it has a human scale despite its very large size.”

Summerhouse in Denmark / JVA

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
Summerhouse in Denmark / JVA, © Torben Petersen
© Torben Petersen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zealand, Denmark
  • Primary Architects

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Lars Hamran, Jens Herman Næss
  • Consultants

    Ole Willerup, Rikke Øberg
  • Area

    123.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Torben Petersen © Torben Petersen © Torben Petersen © Torben Petersen +27

Tham & Videgård Design New Building for Denmark's Krabbesholm Højskole School of Art & Design

01:00 - 4 April, 2014
Tham & Videgård Design New Building for Denmark's Krabbesholm Højskole School of Art & Design, Exterior View. Image © Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Exterior View. Image © Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Recently awarded first place in an invited competition, Tham & Videgård's (T&V) design for a new addition to the Krabbesholm Højskole School of Art & Design in Skive, Denmark, uses a combination of thick brick walls and barrel arched roofs to establish a strong connection to the character and spatial qualities of the existing buildings - the Four Boxes Gallery by Japanese Atelier Bow‐Wow, and a collection of new studio buildings by New York‐based MOS Architects.

Copenhagen's Mayor Reveals What Makes His City So Enviably Green

00:00 - 24 March, 2014
Copenhagen's Mayor Reveals What Makes His City So Enviably Green, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

In an enlightening interview on Future Cape Town, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen discusses what it is that makes Copenhagen, and Denmark as a whole, such a green-focused society. The key it seems goes beyond simple politics, stemming from a combination of early adoption, a robust and widely appreciated welfare system and a culture of collaborative innovation. You can read the full interview here.

CEBRA’s Plug‘n Play Arena Advocates Flexibility in Denmark

01:00 - 22 March, 2014
CEBRA’s Plug‘n Play Arena Advocates Flexibility in Denmark, Cafe. Image Courtesy of CEBRA
Cafe. Image Courtesy of CEBRA

CEBRA's "Melting Pot," a multipurpose sports complex conceptualized and shortlisted in an invited competition for Randers, proposes a carefully integrated plug‘n play arena at the edge of the city where the urban, suburban, and natural environment coalesce as a dynamic community focal point.

Energy neutral youth housing at the Port of Aarhus / CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR

01:00 - 20 March, 2014
Energy neutral youth housing at the Port of Aarhus / CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR, Courtesy of CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR
Courtesy of CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR
  • Architects

  • Location

    Grete Løchtes Gade 7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  • Area

    2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR

Courtesy of CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR Courtesy of CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR Courtesy of CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR Courtesy of CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR +14

Elkiær+ Ebbeskov and Leth & Gori Win Competition for Multifunctional Sports Centre

01:00 - 11 March, 2014
Elkiær+ Ebbeskov and Leth & Gori Win Competition for Multifunctional Sports Centre, © Bloom Images. Image Courtesy of Elkiær+ Ebbeskov / LETH & GORI
© Bloom Images. Image Courtesy of Elkiær+ Ebbeskov / LETH & GORI

Danish architects Elkiær + Ebbeskov (E+E) and Leth & Gori have won an invited competition to design a large multifunctional sports building in Langvang, Denmark. Competing against teams led by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, CEBRA, COBE and Kontur, their winning proposal features a combined sports hall and community centre consisting of a series of multifunctional arenas for activities and events. The scheme also includes a masterplan of the surrounding area centered around sports and recreation.

The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects

01:00 - 7 March, 2014
The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects, © Mikkel Frost
© Mikkel Frost

© Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost +140

VIDEO: Henning Larsen Architects on Building Ambitions for Society

00:00 - 7 March, 2014

From Henning Larsen Architects. "Architecture is the opposite of the coca-cola-principle," says Louis Becker, director of Henning Larsen Architects, in this interview with Louisiana Channel. He continues by explaining that architecture is, first and foremost, about seeing things grow. With architecture your dreams become physical: “We are building our ambitions for society.” If architecture was separate from life and society, it would be an uninteresting form and space. The inside of a building must have a relation to the outside; there has to be a dialogue between the life and hope inside, and the city as a whole.

Architecture is also a merger of cultures and ideas. Scandinavian ideas of transparency, democracy and equal access affect the way Henning Larsen Architects approaches architecture. But, at the same time, it is very important to think of what is necessary in the nature, culture and climate that you are working with. "When two different ways of seeing the world meet, that's when something interesting happens."

In this video, Becker explains these ideas in relation to two very different projects, one in Saudia Arabia and The Harpa Concert Hall in Reyjavik, Iceland (which was made in collaboration with artist Olafur Eliasson and won the prestigious Mies van der Rohe award in 2013).

Building S Aarhus University / Cubo Arkitekter

01:00 - 25 February, 2014
Building S Aarhus University / Cubo Arkitekter, © Martin Schubert
© Martin Schubert

© Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Helene Høyer Mikkelsen © Martin Schubert +19

Fjelstervang Udeforsamlingshus / Spektrum Arkitekter

10:00 - 18 February, 2014
Fjelstervang Udeforsamlingshus  / Spektrum Arkitekter, Courtesy of Spektrum Arkitekter
Courtesy of Spektrum Arkitekter

Courtesy of Spektrum Arkitekter Courtesy of Spektrum Arkitekter Courtesy of Spektrum Arkitekter Courtesy of Spektrum Arkitekter +37