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BIG Unveils Design For "Zootopia" In Denmark

01:00 - 29 July, 2014
BIG Unveils Design For "Zootopia" In Denmark, © BIG
© BIG

Danish architects BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) have just released ambitious designs for a zoo in Givskud, Denmark. It's a project that provides an intriguing opportunity for, as BIG explains, the creation of a space with "the best possible and freest possible environment for the animals’ lives and relationships with each other and visitors." The firm has been working for the past two years to make Zootopia what the Danish press is calling "the world's most advanced zoo." According to Givskud Zoo's director Richard Østerballe, the park's transformation will benefit greatly from BIG's fresh approach to design--one that has been characterized by the integration of nature and natural elements into cutting-edge, innovative architecture. 

The project will attempt to "integrate and hide buildings" within the landscape. Upon entering the zoo, visitors can either enter a large central square or climb the "building-landscape," allowing them to get a general overview of the layout of the park. From this central element, visitors can access different areas of the zoo. A 4km hiking trail connects the different areas (which represent the continents of Africa, America and Asia). 

 The first phase is expected to be completed in 2019 to coincide with the park's 50th anniversary. 

Read on for more images and BIG's project statement. 

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG +29

Junya Ishigami + Associates Win Competition to Design World Peace Pavilion in Copenhagen

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Junya Ishigami + Associates Win Competition to Design World Peace Pavilion in Copenhagen, Exterior. Image © junya ishigami + associates
Exterior. Image © junya ishigami + associates

Svendborg Architects and junya.ishigami+associates have won first place in the HOPE foundation's House of Peace Competition. The competition brief calls for a monumental architectural installation to be built in the city harbor of Copenhagen, one that will endure as a lasting symbolic form devoted to world peace. The firms’ winning entry is a floating, cloud-like structure that seems almost to hover over the harbor’s horizon.

Exterior. Image © junya ishigami + associates Section. Image © junya ishigami + associates Exterior. Image © junya ishigami + associates Interior. Image © junya ishigami + associates +5

Løgstør Sports Hall / CEBRA

01:00 - 14 July, 2014
Løgstør Sports Hall / CEBRA, © Mikkel Frost
© Mikkel Frost

© Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    9670 Logstor, Denmark
  • Area

    1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Bicycle Snake / DISSING+WEITLING Architecture

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Bicycle Snake / DISSING+WEITLING Architecture, © DISSING+WEITLING Architecture
© DISSING+WEITLING Architecture

© DISSING+WEITLING Architecture © DISSING+WEITLING Architecture © DISSING+WEITLING Architecture © DISSING+WEITLING Architecture +30

C.F. Møller Selected to Design Vocational School in Denmark

00:00 - 4 July, 2014
C.F. Møller Selected to Design Vocational School in Denmark, Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects
Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects

C.F. Møller Architects have won in an invited competition to design a new building for the Herningsholm Vocational School in HerningDenmark. The new building consists of three angular building volumes, brought together under a single sloping roof, which responds to its context among other buildings on the school's campus by going from three stories on the Southern end to two in the North.

The architects describe the building as being "designed inside-out... as well as outside-in", with a dual focus on providing optimal learning spaces inside but also on providing learning spaces in the three outside areas defined by the building's volume.

More on the design after the break

Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects +11

Ecco’s Hotel / DISSING+WEITLING Architecture

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
Ecco’s Hotel / DISSING+WEITLING Architecture, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +59

The Birds Nest / Primus Arkitekter

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
The Birds Nest / Primus Arkitekter, Courtesy of Primus Arkitekter
Courtesy of Primus Arkitekter

Courtesy of Primus Arkitekter Courtesy of Primus Arkitekter Courtesy of Primus Arkitekter Courtesy of Primus Arkitekter +15

Faaborg Harbor Bath / URBAN AGENCY + JDS + CREO ARKITEKTER

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Faaborg Harbor Bath / URBAN AGENCY + JDS + CREO ARKITEKTER, Courtesy of Urban Agency
Courtesy of Urban Agency

© Mette Krull Courtesy of Urban Agency © Mette Krull Courtesy of Urban Agency +37

Brick House / LETH & GORI

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
© STAMERS KONTOR
© STAMERS KONTOR
  • Architects

  • Location

    Steensager 4, 5800 Nyborg, Denmark
  • Architect in Charge

    Uffe Leth og Karsten Gori
  • Area

    136.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© STAMERS KONTOR © STAMERS KONTOR © STAMERS KONTOR © STAMERS KONTOR +31

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Sponsors New Danish Library Award

00:00 - 19 June, 2014
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Sponsors New Danish Library Award, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects have been involved in a number of Library designs themselves, including the New Library at the University of Aberdeen. Image © Adam Mørk
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects have been involved in a number of Library designs themselves, including the New Library at the University of Aberdeen. Image © Adam Mørk

The Danish Agency for Culture has unveiled a new award for Library architecture as part of its Model Programme for Public Libraries project, a programme in association with Realdania which aims to generate new ideas about how the design of public libraries can change to meet the changing needs of today's society.

The award, which will be announced at the annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Lyon, France, is sponsored by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and has a prize of DKK 25,000.

More on the award, and how to enter, after the break

The Vibeeng School / Arkitema Architects

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
The Vibeeng School / Arkitema Architects, Courtesy of Arkitema Architects
Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    4690 Haslev, Denmark
  • Area

    6430.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

Juulsbjergparken / RAVN Arkitektur

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Juulsbjergparken / RAVN Arkitektur, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +11

LLAMA / KILO + BIG

01:00 - 8 June, 2014
LLAMA /  KILO  + BIG, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Architects in Charge

    Lars Larsen (KILO), Jakob Lange (BIG)
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of BIG

Erik Møller Arkitekter to Modernize Alvar Aalto’s Kunsten

16:08 - 26 May, 2014
Erik Møller Arkitekter to Modernize Alvar Aalto’s Kunsten, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art. Image via Wikipedia
Kunsten Museum of Modern Art. Image via Wikipedia

Erik Møller Arkitekter has been commissioned to modernize Alvar Aalto’s white marble Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. As reported by BDOnline, the £14 million renovation will restore parts of the listed museum, as well as transform the building’s basement into a new 600 square meter exhibition space. 

Casa Spodsbjerg / Arkitema Architects

01:00 - 21 May, 2014
Casa Spodsbjerg / Arkitema Architects, © Kontraframe
© Kontraframe

© Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray +11

Trollbeads House / BBP Arkitekter

01:00 - 21 May, 2014
© Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toldbodgade 13, 1253 København K, Denmark
  • Architect in Charge

    Ebbe Wæhrens
  • Design Team

    Lars Rex Christensen, Kathrine Brauer
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jens Lindhe © Jens Lindhe © Jens Lindhe © Jens Lindhe +36

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.