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Copenhagen's Latest Piece of Cycle Infrastructure Is a "Stupid, Stupid Bridge"

09:30 - 11 April, 2017
Copenhagen's Latest Piece of Cycle Infrastructure Is a "Stupid, Stupid Bridge", © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/newsoresund/30488229724/'>Flickr user newsoresund</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user newsoresund licensed under CC BY 2.0

This article was originally published on the blog of Copenhagenize Design Co, titled "Copenhagen's Fantastic & Stupid Bicycle Bridge Inderhavnsbro."

It's no secret that Copenhagen continues to invest massively in bicycle infrastructure like no other city on the planet. The network is already comprehensive and effective but the City continues to add important links, especially over the harbor and the canals. One of the more recent additions is the Inner Harbor Bridge—Inderhavnsbroen in Danish—that spans Copenhagen Harbor at a key, strategic and iconic point. It links the city center at the end of the postcard picture perfect Nyhavn with the Christianshavn neighborhood and the southern neighborhoods beyond. It is one of a series of 17 new bridges or underpasses for bicycle traffic that have been added to the City's transport network in the past few years.

The Inner Harbour Bridge was riddled with problems and was extremely delayed, as you can read here. Now, however, it's been open since July 2016. Let me be clear: I'm thrilled that we have a new, modern link over the harbor to accommodate bicycle traffic and pedestrians. I am over the moon that the number of cyclists crossing daily exceeds all projected numbers. The City estimated that between 3,000–7,000 cyclists would use the bridge but the latest numbers are 16,000. It's a massive success. But sometimes you can see the forest for the trees. I'm sorry, but Inderhavnsbro is a stupid, stupid bridge.

8 Excellent Examples of What Innovative 21st Century Schools Should Look Like

08:00 - 10 April, 2017

If we think about how the educational system worked in the past, we can quickly see that both the teaching style in schools as well as the school’s infrastructure were very different from the current system. The educational model of the twentieth century could be defined as being similar to the "spatial model of prisons, with no interest in stimulating a comprehensive, flexible and versatile education."

However, we are now at a time when social, economic and technological developments have created a more global society and where information and learning are becoming more affordable. This radical change has transformed the societies in which we live, leaving the current educational model based on a rigid and unidirectional teaching obsolete. 

As such, there are schools that have not only broken the mold of traditional teaching but have formed new educational standards, exploring new paradigms and opening up new possibilities within the design of educational spaces. Since architecture and educational models often reflect the ideology of a society, how is the school of 21st century defined? 

Vittra Telefonplan / Rosan Bosch. Image Hakusui Nursery School / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop. Image Cortesía de Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Kwel Ka Baung School / A.gor.a Architect. Image Cortesía de Agora Architects Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki +31

"Wasteland" Provides a Tactile Insight into the World of Upcycling in Architecture

09:30 - 6 April, 2017
© Rasmus Hjortshøj
© Rasmus Hjortshøj

A thorough architectural response towards the growing problems of population, climate, and urban migration is currently on display at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen, in the form of the upcycled Wasteland exhibition. Curated by Danish architecture firm Lendager Group, the exhibits shown in Wasteland are filled with raw materials, processes, experiments and methods, backed up with a long list of shocking facts about our effects on planet Earth: over 2 million tons of CO2 have been emitted globally this year; over 3.3 billion tons of resources have been extracted from the earth globally this year; over 127 million tons of waste have been dumped globally this year—all totalling a cost of over $14 trillion USD resulting from our failure to act on climate change. These are the live statistics (as shown at the time of ArchDaily’s visit last Friday) which confront visitors in the first room of the exhibition space. They provide context for what is to follow.

© Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj +39

BIG, Kuma, 3XN Among 5 Competing for New Aquatics Center in Copenhagen

12:00 - 5 April, 2017
BIG, Kuma, 3XN Among 5 Competing for New Aquatics Center in Copenhagen, Paper Island's former warehouses have been converted into designer shops and a street food market. Image © Flickr user bethmoon527. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Paper Island's former warehouses have been converted into designer shops and a street food market. Image © Flickr user bethmoon527. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

The city of Copenhagen have announced the shortlist of 5 firms that will compete for the design of a new aquatics center to be located on a prominent site in the Copenhagen Harbor. Planned for completion in 2021, the project will feature a 5,000-square-meter facility offering both indoor and outdoor swimming areas with views across the water to the Henning Larsen-designed Copenhagen Opera House.

Wade Sea Centre / Dorte Mandrup A/S

03:00 - 3 April, 2017
Wade Sea Centre / Dorte Mandrup A/S, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +22

BIG Designs Yin-Yang Shaped Panda Enclosure for the Copenhagen Zoo

13:15 - 27 March, 2017
BIG Designs Yin-Yang Shaped Panda Enclosure for the Copenhagen Zoo, © BIG
© BIG

BIG, in collaboration with Schønherr Landscape Architects and MOE, has revealed designs for a new yin-yang-shaped panda enclosure at the Copenhagen Zoo that will serve as the new home of two Chinese giant pandas upon their arrival in 2018.

Located between several existing buildings, including the award-winning Elephant House by Foster + Partners, the circular shaped habitat will be split to create separate enclosures for the male and female pandas; to increase the probability of mating, partnered pandas should not be able to see, hear or even smell each other for the majority of the year.

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG +18

Vendsyssel Theatre / schmidt hammer lassen architects

11:00 - 27 March, 2017
Vendsyssel Theatre / schmidt hammer lassen architects, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +25

Wang Shu: "Architecture is Not Just an Object That You Place in the Environment"

10:30 - 27 March, 2017

[Architecture can] change the life of people and give them a new one right away. This is not a job for normal people to do. This should be the work of God.

Urban Hospice / NORD Architects

03:00 - 22 March, 2017
Urban Hospice / NORD Architects, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +28

Denmark's Largest Exhibition Center to Be Expanded by Schønherr and Cubo Arkitekter

12:00 - 18 March, 2017
Denmark's Largest Exhibition Center to Be Expanded by Schønherr and Cubo Arkitekter, Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter
Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter

A competition for the expansion of the MCH Messecenter, Denmark’s largest exhibition hall, has been won by the team consisting of CC Contractor with SchønherrCubo Arkitekter, and engineering firm Midtconsult. Given the center’s importance within Herning, the competition called for a new approach to the site’s physical organization, to provide more coherent and functional relationships with the surrounding context in order to host larger events in the future and serve as an even bigger tourist attraction.

Within a masterplan created by Schønherr, a new admissions building designed by Cubo Arkitekter will incorporate a distinctive façade with a homogenous character to directs visitors from the new arrival area to the Jyske Bank Boxen arena, exhibition Hall M, and the arcade that extends towards the rest of the MCH Messecenter.

Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter +7

WE architecture + Erik Juul's Urban Garden and Housing to Provide Turning Point for Copenhagen's Homeless

12:20 - 16 March, 2017
WE architecture + Erik Juul's Urban Garden and Housing to Provide Turning Point for Copenhagen's Homeless, Courtesy of WE Architecture
Courtesy of WE Architecture

WE Architecture + Erik Juul have been awarded a commission to transform a vacant lot at Jagtvej 69 in Copenhagen into a urban garden and housing structure that could provided temporary accommodation for homeless people, helping them to turn their lives around.

The architects describe the project as a place “where housing and green gardens [create] a platform for the meeting between locals and homeless, and a path for a new beginning.”

Courtesy of WE Architecture Courtesy of WE Architecture Courtesy of WE Architecture Courtesy of WE Architecture +12

BIG's LEGO House Tops Out, Gets September Opening Date

14:25 - 8 March, 2017
BIG's LEGO House Tops Out, Gets September Opening Date, Courtesy of LEGO
Courtesy of LEGO

The BIG-designed LEGO House has topped out and is headed toward completion ahead of its just-announced grand opening date on September 28. Located near LEGO’s corporate campus, in the heart of Billund, Denmark, the LEGO experience center will provide an estimated 250,000 yearly guests with a variety of LEGO-themed activities within its 12,000 square meters, inviting visitors of all ages to play and unleash their creativity.

Courtesy of LEGO Courtesy of LEGO Courtesy of LEGO Courtesy of LEGO +12

Does it Pay to Invest in Good Architecture? The Case of 'The Iceberg' in Aarhus, Denmark

07:00 - 27 February, 2017
Does it Pay to Invest in Good Architecture? The Case of 'The Iceberg' in Aarhus, Denmark, The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects. Image © José Tomás Franco
The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects. Image © José Tomás Franco

It is often said that architecture only makes projects more expensive. That architects only add a series of arbitrary and capricious complexities that could be avoided in order to lower their costs, and that the project could still work exactly the same without them. Is this true in all cases?

Although they are more profitable economically, human beings don't seem to be happy inhabiting cold concrete boxes without receiving sunlight or a breeze everynow and then, or in an unsafe neighborhood where there's no possibility to meet your friends and family outdoors. Quality in architecture is a value that sooner or later will deliver something in return. 

Balance is key, and a good design will never be complete if it's not economically efficient. How do we achieve this ideal? We reviewed the design process for 'The Iceberg' in Aarhus, Denmark. A project that managed to convince the authorities and investors when proposing a high-impact and tight-budget design, which in its form seeks to respond to the objective of guaranteeing the quality of life of its users and their neighbors. 

The Iceberg, Model. Image © José Tomás Franco Mikkel Frost, Founding Partner of CEBRA, explaining us 'The Iceberg' during the Press Tour of The Architecture Project. Image © José Tomás Franco The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects. Image © José Tomás Franco The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects. Image © José Tomás Franco +15

Urban Agency and Aarhus Arkitekterne Unveil Proposal for Denmark's Largest Exhibition Center

12:00 - 26 February, 2017
Urban Agency and Aarhus Arkitekterne Unveil Proposal for Denmark's Largest Exhibition Center, © Urban Agency
© Urban Agency

Urban Agency and Aarhus Arkitekterne have unveiled a proposal for the expansion of the MCH Messecenter in HerningDenmark’s largest exhibition center. According to the architects, the intent was “to create a strategy that will make the complex a more attractive and coherent structure with a new focal point.”

To achieve this, the design converges two circulation routes at the building’s new point of entry, further complimented by usable art displays and foliage, including green walls. The circular form of the roof defines the event square, with ramps serving as outdoor seating and shelter from inclement weather.

© Urban Agency © Urban Agency © Urban Agency © Urban Agency +26

WE Architecture’s Winning Proposal Combines Green Space with Social Housing in Aarhus

08:00 - 25 February, 2017
WE Architecture’s Winning Proposal Combines Green Space with Social Housing in Aarhus, © WE Architecture
© WE Architecture

A competition for a new social housing complex in Aarhus, Denmark, has been won by WE Architecture, in collaboration with local practice JWH Arkitekter and commissioned by Ringgaarden, a Danish housing organization.

Titled “Saltholmsgade”, the winning proposal is a reinterpretation of Aarhus’ historical housing typologies along Hjortensgade, creating modern and green communal spaces. The complex consists of 38 individual apartments, offering tenants views of the city through the inclusion of rooftop gardens.

© WE Architecture © WE Architecture © WE Architecture © WE Architecture +14

Thurøhus / EFFEKT

02:00 - 22 February, 2017
Thurøhus / EFFEKT, Courtesy of EFFEKT
Courtesy of EFFEKT

© Enok Holsegaard Courtesy of EFFEKT Courtesy of EFFEKT © Enok Holsegaard +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Area

    2000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

5 Finalists Selected for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

09:15 - 15 February, 2017
5 Finalists Selected for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

Five European projects have been selected as finalists for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. Chosen from a shortlist of 40 projects, the five finalists were lauded by the jury for their ability to “respond to the concerns of today’s European society.”

“Our instincts could be summed up by the words of Peter Smithson: ‘things need to be ordinary and heroic at the same time,’” said Jury Chairman Stephen Bates. “We were looking for an ordinariness whose understated lyricism is full of potential’.”

Through April, the jury members will visit each finalist project to evaluate the buildings firsthand and to see how they are used by the public. The Prize Winner will be announced in Brussels on May 16.

The five finalists are:

Villa P / N+P Architecture

02:00 - 14 February, 2017
Villa P / N+P Architecture, © Patrick Ronge Vinther
© Patrick Ronge Vinther

© Andreas Mikkel Hansen © Patrick Ronge Vinther © Patrick Ronge Vinther © Andreas Mikkel Hansen +18