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AA Visiting School: Aarhus

This summer the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) will be hosting a 10-day workshop in Aarhus, Denmark. The programme, which is a part of the AA's Visiting School Programme focuses on the role of digital fabrication in design by exploring patterns in complex geometries as a response to lighting conditions. The event is scheduled to take place between August 21-30, 2015.

Bjarke Ingels: "Denmark Has Become an Entire Country Made Out of LEGO®"

"In a matter of speaking, Denmark has become an entire country made out of LEGO®," says Bjarke Ingels. Speaking of the importance of prefab in Denmark and how LEGO® inspired his first BIG project - the "LEGO® Towers," which ultimately landed him a commission to design the LEGO® House - Bjarke Ingels discusses his favorite childhood toy and how it has helped him become a better architect.

The clip is part of the documentary, A LEGO Brickumentary which will hit theaters July 31. 

RISING Architecture Week in Copenhagen

From the 15th to the 18th September 2015, Copenhagen will play host to the international RISING Architecture Week. For four days the city will turn into a sizzling melting pot of over fifty events, site visits, bicycle tours and debates throughout the city.

Among these events is a two-day conference where 500 professionals and visionaries meet to exchange ideas and discuss the theme Growing Cities. The conference has a venue for speaks, debates and interviews, and another venue for workshops, networking and innovation labs. "RISING gathers a very big, international audience of architects, developers and city planners, which gives professionals a unique opportunity to develop and exchange ideas across borders. I’m very much looking forward to participate in RISING this September," says Sergey Kuznetsov, City Chief Architect of Moscow and keynote speaker at RISING.

Exhibition: AFRICA at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The exhibition AFRICA is the third and last in the series architecture, culture and identity. It focuses on the area called sub-Saharan Africa – the part of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Louisiana’s wish to mount this exhibition has its origin in a very simple observation: despite the fact that Africa is the world’s second-largest continent, surprisingly little contemporary culture from there comes our way.


Snøhetta wants design to be alive. Whether it is on paper or in wood or water, it is alive, diverse and difficult to capture.

Starting 18 June, an exhibition at The Danish Architecture Centre, titled 'Snøhetta - World Architecture' will center on how human nature interacts with a range of conditions - cultural, social, economic and environmental - in the world around us and how this thinking drives Snøhetta’s work.

Gottlieb Paludan Architects Awarded Scandinavia’s Largest Architecture Prize

The 2015 Nykredit Architecture Prize has been awarded to Gottlieb Paludan Architects (GPA) for their contribution to the design of public utility and industrial buildings. Founded by the Nykredit Foundation, the 500,000-DKK prize has become Scandinavia’s foremost architectural award, with past winners including Jørn Utzon, Bjarke Ingels and CEBRA.

BIO4. Image Courtesy of Gottlieb Paludan Architects Kastrup Substation. Image Courtesy of Gottlieb Paludan Architects Odense Foot and Cycling Brdge. Image Courtesy of Gottlieb Paludan Architects District Cooling Plant. Image Courtesy of Gottlieb Paludan Architects

Video: House of Music / Coop Himmelb(l)au

One of the best acoustically responsive concert halls in the world, Coop Himmelb(l)au's House of Music in Aalborg has been a lively center for music and creative exchange since its opening in 2014. Based off of the simple, yet powerful courtyard typology and inspired by Le Corbusier’s La Tourette, the 1,300-seat concert hall is embraced by a U-shaped education center and enhanced by a careful overlapping of public and performance areas. This has allowed the building to live up to its name, becoming an animated House of Music where music is not only heard, but seen. 

This video is the first of a series by Spirit of Space. You can watch Coop Himmelb(l)au's Wolf Prix talk about his intentions behind the House of Music, after the break.  

Communal Crematorium / Henning Larsen Architects

  • Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Location: 4100 Ringsted, Denmark
  • Area: 2700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Anders Sune Berg

© Anders Sune Berg © Anders Sune Berg © Anders Sune Berg © Anders Sune Berg

Viborg Town Hall / Henning Larsen Architects

  • Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Location: 8800 Viborg, Denmark
  • Area: 19400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Thorbjørn Hansen

© Thorbjørn Hansen © Thorbjørn Hansen © Thorbjørn Hansen © Thorbjørn Hansen

Made to be Moved / Arcgency

  • Architects: Arcgency
  • Location: Nordhavnen, Denmark
  • Engineer: Structural, SlothMøller. Energy, Steensen & Varming.
  • Area: 660.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: COAST_ Rasmus Hjortshøj

© COAST_ Rasmus Hjortshøj © COAST_ Rasmus Hjortshøj © COAST_ Rasmus Hjortshøj © COAST_ Rasmus Hjortshøj

HF & VUC Fyn Complex / CEBRA

  • Architects: CEBRA
  • Location: Odense, Denmark
  • Project size: 12.500 m² GFA, 1.100 m2 parking basement
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Mikkel Frost / CEBRA

© Mikkel Frost / CEBRA © Mikkel Frost / CEBRA © Mikkel Frost / CEBRA © Mikkel Frost / CEBRA

Video: The Bicycle Snake / Dissing+Weitling

The Louisiana Channel recently paid a visit to one of the world's most bike-friendly cities to view what is dubbed "Copenhagen's new architectonic landmark," Dissing+Weitling Architecture's "The Bicycle Snake." "Strikingly slender" and boasting a simple orange track, the Bicycle Snake is a 230 meter bridge dedicated entirely to bikes. The steel bridge tries not to "be more that it actually is," unlike many other landmarks, connecting bicyclists to two main parts of the city by elevating them up to seven meters above the sea.

Sports & Arts Expansion at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium / BIG

  • Architects: BIG
  • Location: Duntzfelts Alle 21, 2900 Hellerup, Denmark
  • Multi-Use Hall & Gymnasium Partners in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Finn Nørkjær
  • Multi-Use Hall & Gymnasium Project Leaders: Ole Schrøder, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Frederik Lyng
  • Multi-Use Hall & Gymnasium Team: Ana Merino, Anders Hjortnæs, Christian Alvarez, Dennis Rasmussen, Gül Ertekin, Henrick Poulsen, Hjalti Gestsson, Jan Magasanik, Jakob Lange, Jacob Thomsen, Jeppe Ecklon, Ji-young Yoon, Michael Schønemann, Narisara Schröder, Riccardo Mariano, Rune Hansen, Snorre Nash, Thomas Juul-Jensen, Vincent He, Xu Li
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan, Jens Lindhe, Rasmus Hjortshoj, Peter Moldow

© Jens Lindhe © Jens Lindhe © Jens Lindhe © Rasmus Hjortshoj

Gottlieb Paludan Architects Design a Forest-Inspired Biomass Unit for Copenhagen

Gottlieb Paludan Architects have been selected as the winners of an anonymous two-stage competition to design a new biomass unit at the Amagerværket power plant in Denmark. The combined heat and power unit (CHP), dubbed BIO4, will power the facility with biofuel, upholding local efforts to make Copenhagen the world’s first CO2-neutral capital by 2025.

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Kullegaard Takes First Place in Holbæk HavneBy Design Competition

A team of architects from the Danish design firm Kullegaard have been awarded first place in a competition for the seaport municipality of Holbæk in Denmark. Seeking to form a connection with the surrounding architecture, their proposal for a mixed-use complex, entitled "Holbæk HavneBy," derives its form from the distinction of public and private spaces.

Read more on the $22 million proposal after the break.

© Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard Northwest birdseye view. Image © Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard Rooftop gardens. Image © Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard Waterfront. Image © Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard

Watch Now: Jacques Herzog Lecture Livestream

Jacques Herzog’s first lecture in Denmark will be livestreamed on April 28, from 11:30 – 1:30 EST, during which the Swiss architect will discuss the New North Zealand Hospital project. Herzog & de Meuron, along with Danish firm Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, was selected to design the 124,000-square-meter facility during an international design competition last year. To be built near Hillerød, the hospital will be Herzog & de Meuron’s first project in Scandinavia. Learn more about the project and view the livestream of the lecture after the break.