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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.

Copenhagen's Mayor Reveals What Makes His City So Enviably Green

In an enlightening interview on Future Cape Town, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen discusses what it is that makes Copenhagen, and Denmark as a whole, such a green-focused society. The key it seems goes beyond simple politics, stemming from a combination of early adoption, a robust and widely appreciated welfare system and a culture of collaborative innovation. You can read the full interview here.

CEBRA’s Plug‘n Play Arena Advocates Flexibility in Denmark

CEBRA's "Melting Pot," a multipurpose sports complex conceptualized and shortlisted in an invited competition for Randers, proposes a carefully integrated plug‘n play arena at the edge of the city where the urban, suburban, and natural environment coalesce as a dynamic community focal point.

Energy neutral youth housing at the Port of Aarhus / CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR

  • Architects: TERROIR, CUBO Arkitekter
  • Location: Grete Løchtes Gade 7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR

Courtesy of CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR Courtesy of CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR Courtesy of CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR Courtesy of CUBO Arkitekter + TERROIR

Elkiær+ Ebbeskov and Leth & Gori Win Competition for Multifunctional Sports Centre

Danish architects Elkiær + Ebbeskov (E+E) and Leth & Gori have won an invited competition to design a large multifunctional sports building in Langvang, Denmark. Competing against teams led by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, CEBRA, COBE and Kontur, their winning proposal features a combined sports hall and community centre consisting of a series of multifunctional arenas for activities and events. The scheme also includes a masterplan of the surrounding area centered around sports and recreation.

The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects

© Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost

VIDEO: Henning Larsen Architects on Building Ambitions for Society

From Henning Larsen Architects. "Architecture is the opposite of the coca-cola-principle," says Louis Becker, director of Henning Larsen Architects, in this interview with Louisiana Channel. He continues by explaining that architecture is, first and foremost, about seeing things grow. With architecture your dreams become physical: “We are building our ambitions for society.” If architecture was separate from life and society, it would be an uninteresting form and space. The inside of a building must have a relation to the outside; there has to be a dialogue between the life and hope inside, and the city as a whole.

Architecture is also a merger of cultures and ideas. Scandinavian ideas of transparency, democracy and equal access affect the way Henning Larsen Architects approaches architecture. But, at the same time, it is very important to think of what is necessary in the nature, culture and climate that you are working with. "When two different ways of seeing the world meet, that's when something interesting happens."

In this video, Becker explains these ideas in relation to two very different projects, one in Saudia Arabia and The Harpa Concert Hall in Reyjavik, Iceland (which was made in collaboration with artist Olafur Eliasson and won the prestigious Mies van der Rohe award in 2013).

Building S Aarhus University / Cubo Arkitekter

  • Architects: Cubo Arkitekter
  • Location: Aarhus, Denmark
  • Landscape Architect : Thing & Wainø
  • Engineer: Søren Jensen A/S
  • Integrated Artwork: Rikke Ravn Sørensen, Kristoffer Hultenberg
  • Photographs: Martin Schubert, Helene Høyer Mikkelsen

© Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Helene Høyer Mikkelsen © Martin Schubert

Fjelstervang Udeforsamlingshus / Spektrum Arkitekter

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Odense Cathedral High School / Cubo Arkitekter

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Tejlgaard & Jepsen Transform a Temporary Geodesic Dome Into a Permanent Structure

In order to generate a debate on the future of housing, Danish designers Tejlgaard & Jepsen are in the process of permanently reconstructing the People's Meeting Dome as a gift from BL (Denmark's Public Housing) and Lokale & Anlægsfonden to the Island of Bornholm and the city of Allinge. Having previously been erected twice as a temporary event space, this final incarnation of the dome will be inaugurated at the next Folkemøde (an annual gathering of Danish politicians), with the intention of becoming a community and event centre for the city

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