Arkitema Architects Selected to Design New Offices for Danish Government Agency

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The Danish Building & Property Agency has selected Arkitema Architects to design a new office building to house four government agencies: Banedanmark, The Danish Transport Authority, The Danish Road Directorate and the Danish Agency. The 43,000 square metre office building is named “Nexus,” a word which “comes from Latin and means linkage, centre and connection,” according to Glenn Elmbæk, partner at Arkitema Architects. “And that is exactly what we want to create for The Danish Building & Property Agency – a connection between people in their work lives, between knowledge and between the four government agencies.”

More on the design after the break

Showroom for &tradition / NORM Architects

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Architects: NORM Architects
Location: , Denmark
Architects In Charge: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Kasper Rønn, Linda Korndal
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Photographs: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Patricia Parinejad

Forfatterhuset Kindergarten / COBE

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Architects: COBE
Location: Copenhagen,
Area: 1927.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adam Mørk, Rasmus Hjortshøj

Winning Proposals Transform Power Plants into Public Art

First Prize: The Solar Hourglass / Santiago Muros Cortés . Image Courtesy of LAGI

Winners have been announced for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). The competition, this year sited in Copenhagen, calls on interdisciplinary teams to design large scale site-specific artworks that provide renewable electricity to the city at a utility-scale (equivalent to the demand of hundreds or even thousands of homes). Once constructed, these public infrastructure artworks have the potential to offset thousands of tons of CO2 and provide iconic amenities that will serve to educate and inspire the communities in which they are built.

Check out the winning -generating sculptures, after the break.

Sorte Hus / Sigurd Larsen

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Architects: Sigurd Larsen
Location: ,
Cost:
Area:
80.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen

Fredensborg House / NORM Architects

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Architects: NORM Architects
Location: Copenhagen,
Area: 240.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Forest House / NORM Architects

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Architects: NORM Architects
Location: ,
Area: 215.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Traffic House / MLRP

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Architects: MLRP
Location: Fælledparken, 2100 København Ø,
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stamers Kontor

AD Interviews: Anne Marie Galmstrup / Henning Larsen Architects

Speaking from the newly-opened Istanbul practice of Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects, Anne Marie Galmstrup describes her scandinavian design process in the context of her role as Principal-in-Charge of projects in Turkey. “Architecture is about space and about interaction between people,” Galmstrup says, asking “How does it work here? How is it different in this cultural environment or in that climate?” Galmstrup discusses the atmosphere in Turkey, and how to engage young architects. Henning Larsen has hosted a series of “Imagination Schools,” two-week workshops set in the middle east charged with overcoming regional design challenges, and Galmstrup has been instrumental in the orchestration of these and many more projects over her ten year tenure at Henning Larsen.

Henning Larsen employs 220 Architects with offices in , Munich, Riyadh, Oslo, Istanbul, and Hong Kong. Check out the video to find out more about the dynamic firm, the Imagination Schools, and their projects worldwide. 

How to Design Elevated Cycling Structures that Actually Work

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There’s no doubt about it – cycling in cities is a big deal these days. But, while cycle lanes and bike-sharing schemes are all well and good for our cities, the cycling revolution hasn’t yet brought us many examples of beautifully designed infrastructure to gawp at. This article, originally printed on The Dirt as “Do Elevated Cycletracks Solve Problems or Just Create More?” discusses two seemingly similar examples of high profile cycling infrastructure, examining why one is a success and the other a non-starter.

This year, two designs – one proposed and one built – for elevated cycletracks, which create bicycle highways above street level, have gained considerable media attention. They highlight questions at the heart of urban design: Should cities blend or separate transportation options? How can cities best mitigate the hazards created when cars, bikes, mass transit, and pedestrians mix? How can cities create low-cost transportation networks in increasingly dense urban cores?

COBE’s Adaptive Reuse of Nordhavnen Silo Marks Beginning of Redevelopment

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Danish firm COBE is transforming the largest industrial building in Nordhavnen – a silo – into an apartment building with both private and public functions. For COBE, who also created the urban development plans for Nordhavnen, this project marks the beginning of the post-industrial area’s future. Nordhavnen is a harbor area located only 4km from Copenhagen‘s city centre.

“The exciting thing about old industrial property is how to preserve their soul and at the same time use them for something else,” said Klaus Kastbjerg, the owner of the silo, commenting on the project. To preserve the soul of the silo, the architects will maintain a raw industrial feeling on the interior. Each of the 40 retrofitted apartments will contain visible historic remnants such as existing concrete columns and walls.

Keep reading after the break for more information and images…

JAJA Designs “Park ‘N’ Play” Parking Garage in Copenhagen

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With the intention of creating a beautiful public space from what is usually one-function building, JAJA architects are redefining what a parking deck can be. Their recent competition entry for a garage in the city of Nordhavn, Copenhagen is an inviting structure that incorporates green facades and a rooftop playground, making full use of its placement in an up-and-coming urban neighborhood. Read all about the aptly named “Park ‘N’ Play”, after the break.

Junya Ishigami + Associates Win Competition to Design World Peace Pavilion in Copenhagen

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Svendborg Architects and junya.ishigami+associates have won first place in the HOPE foundation’s House of Peace Competition. The competition brief calls for a monumental architectural installation to be built in the city harbor of Copenhagen, one that will endure as a lasting symbolic form devoted to world peace. The firms’ winning entry is a floating, cloud-like structure that seems almost to hover over the harbor’s horizon.

Bicycle Snake / DISSING+WEITLING Architecture

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Architects: DISSING+WEITLING Architecture
Location: 1560 København V,
Area: 235 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of DISSING+WEITLING Architecture

The Birds Nest / Primus Arkitekter

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Architects: Primus Arkitekter
Location: Randbølvej 67, Vanløse,
Area: 130 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Primus Arkitekter

Copenhagen Hospital Draws Competition Entries from Snøhetta, Mecanoo, & More

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After choosing British firm BDP to design its masterplan (over proposals from Mecanoo and seven others), ’s Bispebjerg hospital has now announced the all-star shortlists of firms who will compete to design two of the hospital’s new buildings.

The “New Hospital and Mental Health Bispebjerg” is a complex 10-12 year project involving the construction of new buildings, the preservation/renovation of listed buildings, and the mergers of the current Frederiksberg and Bispebjerg Hospitals and the Mental Health Centre Copenhagen with the Children’s Mental Health Centre Bispebjerg. All construction will occur while the hospitals remain in operation and at full capacity.

Learn more about the project – including the architects vying to design its new buildings – after the break.

Llama / BIG + KILO

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Architects: BIG + KILO
Location: Copenhagen,
Architects In Charge: Lars Larsen (), Jakob Lange (BIG)
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of BIG

Trollbeads House / BBP Arkitekter

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Architects: BBP Arkitekter
Location: Toldbodgade 13, København K,
Architect In Charge: Ebbe Wæhrens
Design Team: Lars Rex Christensen, Kathrine Brauer
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jens Lindhe