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Cebra Files 02

We recently received a monograph of Cebra’s work. This young firm is energetic, pushes the boundaries, goes after competitions, and has been successful in pushing many projects into reality. We are fan their work and have featured Cebra 16 separate times here on archdaily. Additionally, David Basulto, co-founder of ArchDaily, has become good friends with Mikkel Frost through an email correspondence  interview that took place over the 4 months. The interview is prominently featured in the introduction of the book and makes for an interesting read.

In Progress: Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard

UDK Holstebro / CEBRA

Courtesy of CEBRA
Courtesy of CEBRA

Denmark-based CEBRA shared with us their winning proposal for a competition to design an office building in Holstebro. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Mesterfjellet School / Cebra, Various Architects, and Østengen & Bergo

aerial view : © Cebra / Various Architects / Østengen & Bergo
aerial view : © Cebra / Various Architects / Østengen & Bergo

Young, promising architects Cebra (more projects here), Various Architects (more projects here), and Østengen & Bergo (more projects here) shared with us their competition proposal where they won the first prize. Their “relativity” concept for the Mesterfjellet School creates a unique experience for Larvik, Norway, designed around the user’s room program, site conditions and functional specifications to cultivate a positive learning environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard

One of our favorites, CEBRA, (and their collaboraters JDS, SeARCH and Louis Paillard) shared their latest winning competition entry.  Situated in Aarhus, Denmark, right in front of the harbor, the 21.500 m2 project features mixed dwellings types and commercial space.   The project receives its jagged heights to allow better views toward the ocean and better daylight conditions, and the tops and bottoms are shifted so that views between the volumes become possible.  This breakdown of the mass creates the potential for an “iconic” building for the harbor area, and one that, due to its form, creates its own skyline within itself.  There’s just something about the Danes’ approaches, like BIG + Cebra, where they tackle simple realities, such as light and views, and allow their whole building to respond them in an unconventional and dynamic way.

More images, diagrams and more information about the winning design after the break.

Kloden, Egmont High School / CEBRA

Our friends from CEBRA shared their recently awarded Sports Center design with us.  The 3.5 m2 extension will incorporate handicap friendly solutions within a sports facility, as almost 50 % of the students attending Egmont High School experience some form of disability whether it be that they are blind, mentally challenged or an amputee.  Entitled Kolden, the Danish world for ‘the globe’, the project reflects the fact the everyone is welcomed in the facility.

More images, great diagrams and information about the project after the break.

In Progress: Design Kindergarten / CEBRA

CEBRA has been designing several buildings for young users, (we recently featured their 1st-3rd grade building) and their new Design Kindergarten attempts to break preconceived notions of “what a school should look like” as a way to pique children’s curiosity and creativity.  Still in progress, the daycare center’s organization is based around different “themes” that focus of specific activities -in this case art, design and architecture.   This is somewhat new to the Danish model of daycare, as the building will turn into more of an educational preschool facility where knowledge is acquired, not though a formal lesson, but rather through play.  In addition to the architectural strategy of redefining a daycare center, the client/architect relation is something to be noted.  The parents participated in the design process in a very active way, offering ideas and criticism to push the project forward.

More images, videos and lots of diagrams after the break.

The School at Bülowsvej / CEBRA

CEBRA is working on an extension to the School at Bülowsvej in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. The extension is a new, solitary building housing kids from 1st to 3rd grade.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

In Progress: Iglo / CEBRA

Structure  © CEBRA
Structure © CEBRA

Our friends from CEBRA, with the The Danish Foundation For Culture And Sports Facilities, are developing a series of “igloos” for sports and culture in Denmark. The concept is to create a multi an unheated use dome, for sports and cultural acts as you can see on the sketches below. The dome covers a 1,650sqm area on one single space subdivided by smaller pieces. The main structure that allows this single space consists on large laminated wood beams as you can see on the images. Over this structure, a series of sheets cover the space leaving space for ventilation.

Model 1  © CEBRA
Model 1 © CEBRA

This dome is being built in Hundige (Greve municipality), and it will be replicated in other danish cities. Stay tuned for a CEBRA surprise later this afternoon. More images after the break:

Vaeksthuset Botanical Garden / Cebra

Cebra, a Danish architecture firm, will design a botanical garden for Aarhus University, Denmark’s second oldest and second largest university (after the University of Copenhagen).  The botanical garden and greenhouse design will bring greenery to the campus by providing 29,600 sq feet of an expansive area of flora and fauna. The project was designed for a building competition that required the restoration of existing buildings and the creation of one new building.

More about the design after the break.