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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Sponsors New Danish Library Award

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

  • Architects: Arkitema Architects
  • Location: 4690 Haslev, Denmark
  • Area: 6430.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

Juulsbjergparken / RAVN Arkitektur

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk

Erik Møller Arkitekter to Modernize Alvar Aalto’s Kunsten

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

© Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray © Jesper Ray

Trollbeads House / BBP Arkitekter

© Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe
  • Architects: BBP Arkitekter
  • 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 © Jens Lindhe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House of Disable People's Organization / Cubo + Force4

  • Architects: Cubo, Force4
  • Location: Blekinge Boulevard, 2630 Taastrup, Denmark
  • Area: 12600.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Martin Schubert

© Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert

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

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.”

Spotlight: Jørn Utzon

Pritzker Prize winning architect Jørn Utzon, who died in 2008 aged 90, was the relatively unknown Dane who, on the 29th January 1957, was announced as the winner of the ‘International competition for a national opera house at Bennelong Point, Sydney’. When speaking about this iconic building, Louis Kahn stated that:

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

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.