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Dome of Visions / Kristoffer Tejlgaard + Benny Jepsen

  • Architects: Kristoffer Tejlgaard, Benny Jepsen
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Construction: NCC
  • Area: 346.4 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Kristoffer Tejlgaard + Benny Jepsen

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BIG Breaks Ground on Faroe Islands Education Centre

Situated on a hillside in the outskirts of Torshavn, the capital of the autonomous Denmark province of Faroe Islands, the new Marknagil Education Center will seek to “establish synergies” between three educational institutions under one roof. The BIG-designed, 19,200 square meter will provide for more than 1,200 students and 300 teachers by housing the Faroe Islands Gymnasium, Torshavns Technical College and Business College of Faroe Islands in a single building, making it the largest educational building in the country’s history. 

More images and the architect’s description after the break...

4B / Holscher Arkitekter

  • Architects: Holscher Arkitekter
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Co Workers: Nils Holscher partner, Claus Sivager partner, Mikkel Nordberg part-ner, Philip Pedersen sagsarkitekt, Maria-Rose Guldbrandsen stud, Thomas Bossel stud
  • Engineer: Erik K. Jørgensen
  • Landscaper: Holscher Arkitekter as
  • Area: 580.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Peter Nørby

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Udbetaling Danmark Holstebro / CEBRA

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© Mikkel Frost
  • Architects: CEBRA
  • Location: Holstebro, Denmark
  • Area: 4600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Mikkel Frost

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Nordic Built Challenge Finalist Proposal / FORA + Beth Hughes

FORA and Beth Hughes, with Raul Moura and Tudor Vasiliu, have been selected as one of four finalists for the second phase of the Danish site in the Nordic Built Challenge - an open multidisciplinary design competition for the refurbishment of five buildings one in each Nordic country. Their proposal addresses the Ellebo Housing Estate in Ballerup, Denmark. The estate was built in 1963, and features four buildings for a total size of 20,000m2, enclosing playgrounds, playing fields and green recreational areas. Their challenge was to renovate the existing buildings and outdoor areas, and for 5,000m2 of additional housing. More images and architects' description after the break.

4 Lessons the UK Should Take from Denmark

Last week the UK's Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced that he was commissioning a review of the country's architecture policy, to be led by Sir Terry Farrell along with a number of high profile advisors, including Thomas HeatherwickAlison Brooks and Alain de Botton. According to Vaizey, the review, expected to be complete by the end of the year, "will be a rallying point for the profession."

In his article in The Guardian, Olly Wainwright rather hopefully questioned: "might this year-long study result in an innovative new piece of legislative guidance – perhaps along the lines of Denmark's architecture policy, introduced in 2007?" While Wainwright somewhat flatly concludes, "somehow, that seems unlikely," there's no doubt that the UK could only stand to gain from learning from Denmark's innovative policy. 

So what lessons could the UK (and the world) learn from the Danes? Read on after the break...

LEGO® Announces BIG Commission

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It's official! Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG has been commissioned to collaborate with Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) and COWI to design the first public LEGO® museum in the company's hometown of BillundDenmark. The "LEGO® Brand House" and "experience centre" is intended to compliment the non-public "LEGO® Idea House", which is also located in Billund.

Bjarke Ingles, founder of BIG stated: “It's going to be looking at LEGO® from all its different aspects—LEGO® as an art form, its cultural impact. When we were doing the research for it [the LEGO® house], we realized, if you would consider it just an art museum, you would be able to fill it with so much user content of such a high quality...it is one of our great dreams at BIG that we are now able to design a building for and with the LEGO® group. I owe a huge personal debt to the LEGO® brick, and I can see in my nephews that its role in developing the child as a creative, thinking, imaginative human being becomes ever stronger in a world in which creativity and innovation are key elements in virtually all aspects of society.”

More on LEGO®'s BIG commission after the break...

BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Plant Breaks Ground, Breaks Schemas

There are many things that set BIG’s latest project, Amager Bakke, apart. The plant, which broke ground yesterday, will be the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world. It will be the tallest and biggest building in Copenhagen. It will house Denmark’s first ski-slope (on the roof of the plant, no less). It will emit its CO2 emissions - not as a continuous stream of smoke, oh no - but in sudden, bursting smoke rings. 

However, the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy Plant is far more than the sum of its rather remarkable features. As an urban “destination in itself” and a landmark in environmental design, it’s one of the most radical representations of architecture as a means of public engagement of our time. And, what’s more, it’s a signal that BIG has finally reached maturity, truly coming into its own as a firm.

Read more about BIG’s remarkable Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant, after the break....

Nature Centre Hindsgavl / AART architechts

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New City School, Frederikshavn / Arkitema Architects

Courtesy of Arkitema
Courtesy of Arkitema
  • Architects: Arkitema Architects
  • Location: Frederikshavn, Denmark
  • Area: 13.5 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Arkitema

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'GROW YOUR CITY' Suburb of the Future Winning Proposal / Elkiær + Ebbeskov Arkitekter

Elkiær + Ebbeskov Arkitekter shared with us their winning proposal, titled ‘GROW YOUR CITY’, in the Suburb of the Future competition. The idea is not to reinvent the suburbs from scratch, but they believe that if one is able to identify their existing strengths and exceptional features, the areas sometimes referred to as “the fringes” may have the potential to become “the cutting edge”. Their design describes a modern area of suburban cultivation – “the Growth Zone” (Vækstzonen) – as a new residential quarter in the town of Nykøbing Falster. Its underlying notion is based on the broad links sweeping from countryside to seaside and on into the close-grained structure of the Danish fields and farmlands. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sluseholmen / Arkitema Architects + Sjoerd Soeters

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Courtesy of Arkitema

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Ejby Campus Winning Proposal / OKRA, CCO, ACT, and Smith Innovation

The fact that Ejby erhvervspark has grown steadily since the 60′s –through many economic up- and downturns- is evidence that their current qualities are a strong foundation for healthy growth. Looking at the development plan the most apparent element is the strong green connection from North to South across the site. We strongly believe that Ejby erhvervspark’s greatest asset is its relation to open, green spaces. In fact this applies not only to Ejby erhvervspark but fundamentally to surburbia.

Nørre Vosborg / Arkitema Architects

After restoration, conversion and extension by Arkitema, beautiful Nørre Vosborg manor is now an up-to-date hotel, cultural venue and conference centre, with a newly-built hotel wing and new design solutions for all of the manor's many different buildings. The architectural practice of Erik Einar Holm was responsible for the restoration and conversion of the manor house.   The new hotel wing, designed by Arkitema, matches the largest of the complex's buildings in terms of volume. 

Fire Shelter: 01 / SHJ Works

Designed by SHJ (Simon Hjermind Jensen) Works, Fire Shelter: 01 is a personal project located in at Sydhavnstippen in Copenhagen. Taking inspiration from architecture of ethnic and nomadic people, the starting point for the design emerged from a fascination of the place. It´s a temporary project and a design experiment that aims to celebrate the place. The project has public access, and it establishes experiences of spatial and social character. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Nørrebrohallen / AG5

  • Architects: AG5
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Engineer: Buro Happold
  • Branding: Punktum Design
  • Consultant: Antropologerne.com
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of AG5

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