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Kazuyo Sejima Explains the Influence of Light and the Color White in SANAA's Work

06:00 - 28 September, 2016

Thanks to the invitation we received from the team at The Architecture Project, we had the opportunity to travel to the city of Aarhus, Denmark, and meet with Kazuyo Sejima during the Aarhus School of Architecture conference in August 2016.

Winner of the 2010 Pritzker Prize  and founder of SANAA (Sejima + Nishizawa and Associates), Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima talks to us about the importance of white in their designs, with the intention of bringing and diffusing natural light to all the spaces. Sejima also describes how their buildings are able to integrate and bring people together through open spaces that connect, in an almost extreme way, the interiors and exteriors.

Agro Food Park Expansion in Denmark to Combine Urbanity and Agriculture

06:00 - 7 September, 2016
Agro Food Park Expansion in Denmark to Combine Urbanity and Agriculture , Courtesy of William McDonough + Partners and GXN
Courtesy of William McDonough + Partners and GXN

William McDonough + Partners and GXN together with 3XN Architects, BCVA and Urland have teamed up to develop a master plan for the Agro Food Park (AFP), a hub for agricultural innovation near Aarhus, Denmark. Aiming to serve as a benchmark for future global food industry development, the project will combine urban density with agricultural test fields in a collaboration of academic and commercial business.

Over the next 30 years, the current AFP—which was opened in 2009 and spans 44,000 square meters with nearly 1,000 employees—will expand by an additional 280,000 square meters.

We are privileged to have been chosen by GXN to collaborate on what will become an entrepreneurial ecosystem for addressing the future of food and plant resources, said William McDonough, founder of William McDonough + Partners and co-author of the text, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.

Courtesy of William McDonough + Partners and GXN Courtesy of William McDonough + Partners and GXN Courtesy of William McDonough + Partners and GXN Courtesy of William McDonough + Partners and GXN +18

Material Focus: Salling Tower by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

09:30 - 31 July, 2016
Material Focus: Salling Tower by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, © Torben Eskerod
© Torben Eskerod

This article is part of our new "Material Focus" series, which asks architects to elaborate on the thought process behind their material choices and sheds light on the steps required to get buildings actually built.

Installed last year, the Salling Tower provides a striking, sculptural landmark in Aarhus Docklands. From inside, its deceptively simple counterbalanced form provides a range of ways to look out over the harbor and the city - but from the outside the project's designers, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter wanted the tower to take on an abstract appearance, referencing nautical themes with its sail-like shape and porthole-like openings all while obscuring the process of its own construction. To do this, the firm created a structure composed entirely of a single steel piece resting on top of its foundations. In this interview, project architect Noel Wibrand tells us about how the project's material choice contributed to the construction process.

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Copenhagen Architecture Festival Summer School: Film and Architecture

15:25 - 13 June, 2016
Copenhagen Architecture Festival Summer School: Film and Architecture, CAFx SUMMER SCHOOL on FILM x ARCHITECTURE - The Urban Yoga by Anja Humljan, Photo: Emilio P. Doiztua
CAFx SUMMER SCHOOL on FILM x ARCHITECTURE - The Urban Yoga by Anja Humljan, Photo: Emilio P. Doiztua

Through interdisciplinary master class studios the CAFx SUMMER SCHOOL explores relationships of architecture and film during eleven days in August 2016. Six upcoming architects and filmmakers under 40 years old will co-teach three thought provoking master class studios in Aarhus. The architects and filmmakers have been selected by an international jury on the basis of their recent submissions to the Future Architecture submissions (see here).

3 Winners Announced in Competition to Design the New Aarhus School of Architecture

09:30 - 4 April, 2016
Courtesy of Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde
Courtesy of Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde

The Danish Building & Property Agency with the Aarhus School of Architecture have announced the three winning teams of the open competition to design the NEW AARCH project. These designs include new buildings for the Aarhus School of Architecture and the development of the surrounding area in Aarhus known as Godsbanearealerne.

Villa U / C.F. Møller

02:00 - 4 March, 2016
Villa U / C.F. Møller, © Julian Weyer
© Julian Weyer

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Salling Tower / Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

02:00 - 3 March, 2016
Salling Tower / Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter , © Torben Eskerod
© Torben Eskerod

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Copenhagen Architecture Festival

16:00 - 26 February, 2016
Copenhagen Architecture Festival

Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx) was founded in 2014 and aims to rethink the presentation of architecture, highlighting its qualities and diversity, and create a relevant discussion about how it affects - and is affected by - our way of being in this world. CAFx is a platform to discuss and display ideas within the architectural world through a public program of talks, film, performances, workshops, seminars and exhibitions in collaboration with different partners primarily in Copenhagen but also in the cities of Aarhus and Aalborg.

Port Centre / C.F. Møller Architect

02:00 - 15 February, 2016
Port Centre / C.F. Møller Architect, © Julian Weyer
© Julian Weyer

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How Schønherr is Transforming Aarhus with Experimental Urban Interventions

09:00 - 30 January, 2016
How Schønherr is Transforming Aarhus with Experimental Urban Interventions, The City Park / Schønherr. Image © Martin Dam Kristensen for Aarhus Festival
The City Park / Schønherr. Image © Martin Dam Kristensen for Aarhus Festival

Since 2010, the Danish architects from Schønherr have been developing a series of large-scale urban interventions for the Aarhus Festival, the largest cultural festival in Denmark. These temporary projects have transformed the streets and parks into extraordinary public spaces, changing the natural topography of the city to attract citizens and bring them together.

We present their last four projects: "The Forest" (2010), "The City Park" (2012), "The Plaza" (2014) and "Bishops Square" (to be completed this 2016).

The City Park / Schønherr. Image © Martin Dam Kristensen for Aarhus Festival The Plaza / Schønherr. Image © Martin Schubert The City Park / Schønherr. Image © Martin Dam Kristensen for Aarhus Festival The Plaza / Schønherr. Image © Martin Schubert +49

schmidt hammer lassen Architects Wins Competition to Design a Residential Block in Aarhus

06:00 - 19 January, 2016
schmidt hammer lassen Architects Wins Competition to Design a Residential Block in Aarhus, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

“Valdemars Have” by schmidt hammer lassen Architects is an urban residential block located within walking distance of Aarhus, Denmark's main cultural attractions. By using and adding to the greenery of Aarhus, Valdemars Have seeks to be an oasis within the city and serve as a public, urban garden. Overall, there will be 106 apartments ranging from two-bedroom flats to penthouses with private roof terraces.

How Danish Architects Connect with Users to Provide Them With the Best Architecture Possible

08:00 - 11 January, 2016
How Danish Architects Connect with Users to Provide Them With the Best Architecture Possible, Dokk1 / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Image © Adam Mørk
Dokk1 / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Image © Adam Mørk

The Architecture Project recently invited us to visit the city of Aarhus, Denmark as part of a press tour related to health and architecture (Better Health Press Tour 2015), with the aim of seeing the latest "healing" projects that are arising in the city.

Overshadowed for years by Copenhagen, Aarhus is a port city that seeks to reinvent itself and shine once again -- and it is succeeding. The pleasant surprise is that it is the architects who have driven this change. Architecture has invaded all of the city's spaces, from the forgotten industrial port to the downtown areas full of historical buildings.

This visit has taught us some important lessons: "healing architecture" isn't only about hospital projects, but rather about encouraging people, about creating friendly spaces to live and coexist, and about getting as connected as possible with users to give them what they really need. 

Check out some of the strategies used to achieve these goals after the break. 

Create with Aarhus, Schulbau Fair in Hamburg. Image Courtesy of The Architecture Project Create with Aarhus, Schulbau Fair in Hamburg. Image Courtesy of The Architecture Project Create with Aarhus, in Aarhus. Opening of the exposition in Dokk1. Image Courtesy of The Architecture Project Create with Aarhus, in Hamburg. Image Courtesy of The Architecture Project +40

BIG, SANAA and Lacaton & Vassal Preselected in Competition to Design the New Aarhus School of Architecture

16:00 - 18 November, 2015
BIG, SANAA and Lacaton & Vassal Preselected in Competition to Design the New Aarhus School of Architecture, The current Aarhus School of Architecture. Image Courtesy of Aarhus School of Architecture
The current Aarhus School of Architecture. Image Courtesy of Aarhus School of Architecture

After receiving applications from 42 teams to pre-qualify for participation in a competition to design the new Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, three teams have been selected: Lacaton & Vassal, along with Powerhouse and Kristine Jensens Tegnestue; SANAA, along with B+G Ingenieure and Sasaki and Partners; and BIG along with Transform, Rambøll and SLA.

Bestseller Aarhus / CF Moller

03:00 - 18 November, 2015
Bestseller Aarhus / CF Moller, © Adam Mork
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schmidt hammer lassen to Expand ARoS Aarhus Art Museum

16:00 - 10 November, 2015
schmidt hammer lassen to Expand ARoS Aarhus Art Museum , Your Rainbow Panorama / Studio Olafur Eliasson. Image Courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson
Your Rainbow Panorama / Studio Olafur Eliasson. Image Courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson

schmidt hammer lassen architects has been commissioned to expand their ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark. The architects are expected to collaborate with American artist James Turrell, who will be designing two installations for the expansion's 1200-square-meter subterranean gallery: "The Sphere" and "The Dome." The €30 million expansion is being referred to as "The Next Level," symbolizing the museum's intent to "bring the museum into the world elite of modern art museums." The museum recently embarked on a similar collaboration that involved artist Olafur Eliasson, who designed "Your Rainbow Panorama."

Arkitema Designs Municipal Office Building for Aarhus

08:00 - 5 November, 2015
Arkitema Designs Municipal Office Building for Aarhus, Interior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Arkitema Architects
Interior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

In the midst of the transformation of Gellerup, a suburb of Denmark’s second largest city Aarhus, the decision has been made to move 950 municipal workplaces to the area’s centre and the contract for the new building, named Gellerup Nord, has been awarded to Arkitema Architects. Incorporating municipal work and meeting spaces with public functions like restaurants, cafes and a rooftop lounge, the building will produce an entrepreneurial “start-up environment” to revitalize Gellerup.

Open Call: Drawing of the Year 2015

14:00 - 27 September, 2015
Open Call: Drawing of the Year 2015, First prize, Drawing of the Year 2014: Olga Krukovskaya, Russia. Image via Aarhus School of Architecture
First prize, Drawing of the Year 2014: Olga Krukovskaya, Russia. Image via Aarhus School of Architecture

Aarhus School of Architecture, schmidt hammer lassen architects, VOLA, and the Danish Arts Foundation have announced their collaborative competition, entitled Drawing of the Year 2015, which calls for imaginative student drawings, and aims to “celebrate the oldest tool of architects.”

Students worldwide are invited to submit drawings “that inspire, communicate, and engage” with the theme of Sustainability Through Architecture. Thus, drawings “should focus on sustainability and architecture’s ambition to take an active part in the change of our society,” and “should address architecture’s ability to contribute to a sustainable environment on all scales—concepts, utopias, buildings, landscapes, and cities.”

VIA University College Aarhus City / Arkitema Architects

05:00 - 27 September, 2015
VIA University College Aarhus City / Arkitema Architects, © Niels Nygaard
© Niels Nygaard

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