3XN Designs Affordable Housing Tower in Denmark

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The influx of students in Aarhus, Denmark is causing the city to rapidly expand. In response to the growing need for affordable housing close to the local university, 3XN teamed up with developer Jens Richard Pedersen to design a residential high-rise near the institution. The future tower has been dubbed La Tour as an ode to the building that currently occupies the site, Hotel La Tour.

Newly released renders and model photographs depict the tower as a sweeping semi-circular form that rises in steps. The gradual elevation of the building will start at the street, defining the transition from the surrounding small-scale buildings to the urban high-rise typology. For more information and images, read on after the break.

World Photo Day: Adam Mørk by Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN

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In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN writes on behalf of Adam Mørk

3XN Chosen Over Windgardh, Arkitema to Design University Building in Sweden

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3XN has won an architectural competition – beating out WingårdhArkitema DotChristensen & CoJuul/Frost, and White – to design a new educational building for Mälardalen University in (southwest of Stockholm, ). The project not only includes a new 18,250 square meter building, but also the renovation of a listed Modernist Public Bath Paul Hedquist. The new campus is planned to be ready in 2018. Read the architect’s description of the winning project, after the break.

Swedbank / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Location: Landsvägen, Sundbyberg,
Area: 45000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

Construction Begins on 3XN’s “Grove Towers” in Mumbai

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Construction has begun on 3XN’s first project in India. Aesthetically inspired by local foliage, the 136-meter “Grove Towers” are designed to interweave at their base, much like the roots of the native mangrove trees. These lower, “interwoven” floors will house retail establishments, while the upper floors will be given over to residential units.

3XN Designs Residential Complex for Downtown Vienna

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International design firm 3XN has recently won a competition to design a residential building in downtown Vienna, Austria.  Being so close to the historic center of the city, the project required a unique but unobtrusive appearance. With this in mind, a subtle, curving façade composed of warm colors was developed for the exterior.

Four Teams Shortlisted to Design New Central Library in Calgary

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Four shortlisted teams have been asked to design proposals for a new central library in the Canadian city of . Selected from 38 submissions, the competing teams of local and international architects will harness the power of platemaking to envision a 280,000 square-foot “landmark” for the East Village . The four shortlisted teams include:

University Building for Technical Faculty Winning Proposal / 3XN

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3XN just won the first prize in the international competition for their design of the new building for the technical faculty of the German university Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW). With their vision to create an open, inspiring and social learning environment, the building is to be a lighthouse project for academic learning – an innovative and productive learning environment in which students, teachers and industry representatives can meet. More images and architects’ description after the break.

UN City / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Location: Marmorvej 51, ,
Area: 20000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

Frederiksberg Courthouse / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Location: , Denmark
Architect In Charge:
Area: 5,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

Moscow Polytechnic Museum and Educational Center Competition Entry / 3XN

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With the aim to be a meaningful building beyond its iconic form, the new Museum & Educational Center (MEC), designed by 3XN, is about connecting with people, while opening up the world of science, technology, innovation and ’s extraordinary achievements in these domains. Through both an internal and external architectural expression of flexibility, this proposal, which was a finalist in the international competition, recognizes that architecture shapes behavior. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Blue Planet / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Location: Kastrup, ,
Architect In Charge: 3XN
Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

In Progress: The Blue Planet / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Location: Kastrup,
Engineer: Moe & Brødsgaard A/S
Client: Den Blå Planet
Area: 9,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

The Arch Cultural Center / 3XN

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Architect: 3XN
Location: ,
Client: Halse Property, Norway
Cost: 33,000,000 euros approx.
Size: 4,500 sqm approx.
Completion: December 2011
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

Stadshuis Nieuwegein / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Address: Nieuwegein,
Completed: September 2011
Size: 27,000 sqm
Price: 49 mio. euro
Client: Gemeente Nieuwegein, Projectbureau Binnenstad
Local Architect: ABT
Photographs: Adam Mõrk  

  

Green Solution House / 3XN

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Danish practice 3XN is the architect behind ‘Green Solution House’, a new experimental conference center and hotel, where everything is adapted to the circulation of nature and where guests will get an idea of how it feels to live in a world without waste. Located on the Danish island of , it is designed and developed in accordance with the principles of Cradle 2 Cradle®. This means that all materials used in the building are either fully recyclable or biodegradable. Hence, the building design takes on the ambition to eliminate the concept of waste. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Designing for Autism: Lighting

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What do we know about designing for individuals with autism? Those concerned with sensory issues are split on some issues.[1] Some say we should limit daylight and exterior views, keep ceiling heights low and spatial volumes small, use restrained details, subdued colors, and reduce acoustical levels. Others advocate for high ceiling heights, large spatial volumes, and high levels of daylight with plenty of views to the outside.  Still others disagree with catering to sensory needs altogether. They point out that individuals with autism struggle generalizing skills, and designing sensory heavens can do more harm than good. Thus they argue for autism classrooms, schools, and homes that mimic all the colors, sounds, lighting, and spatial volumes of “neuro-typical” environments.[2] So who is right?

3XN Celebrates 25years of Design Excellence

Celebrating 25 years of architecture and design Danish Architects 3XN have built a portfolio of work that ‘focuses on the humanity and environment at the center of its architecture.’ Their recent works include the award winning Middelfart Savings Bank Headquarters and the incredibly popular Museum of Liverpool.

Projects by that have been featured on ArchDaily include:

Bella Sky Hotel
Middelfart Savings Bank Headquarters
Museum of Liverpool
Swedbank’s New International Headquarters
Horsens Stadium
Horten Headquarters
Muziekgebouw
Saxo Bank
Tivoli Concert Hall