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

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

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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.

Tietgen Dormitory / Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

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Architects: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Location: Rued Langgaards Vej 10, ,
Area: 26,515 sqm
Photographs: Jens M. Lindhe

Soil Centre Copenhagen / Christensen & Co

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Architects: Christensen & Co
Location: ,
Area: 1,800 sqm
Photographs: Adam Mørk

ØSS 5 – Ørestad Housing / Mangor & Nagel A/S

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Architects: Mangor & Nagel A/S
Location: ,
Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Jersøe

Livsrum – Cancer Counseling Center / EFFEKT

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Architects: EFFEKT
Location: Næstvedgade, 2100 Copenhagen,
Area: 740.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Quintin Lake, Thomas Ibsen, Courtesy of

KUA2 – University of Copenhagen / Arkitema Architects

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Architects: Arkitema Architects
Location: Njalsgade, , Denmark
Area: 37000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

Trylletromler / Fabric Architecture

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Architects: Fabric Architecture
Location: Rosenborg Castle, 1350 , Denmark
Design Team: Eric Frijters, Olv Klijn; project team: Greta Mozzachiodi, Guillermo Lavernia, Charlotte Simpson and Ida Fløche Moller
Construction Team: MOELVEN Denmark A/S, Copenhagen Technical College
Client: Danish Architects Association, DAA Copenhagen department
Photographs: Walter Herfst

Video / Superflex: A Cool Urban Space

“Let’s meet on the red square.” The artists behind Superkilen explain how this colorful wedge shaped public park in , Denmark, was a collaboration based on extreme civic participation.

A public park in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, Denmark, Superkilen was developed by artists’ group Superflex in collaboration with architectural firms Bjarke Ingels Group () and Topotek1. The park was officially opened in June 2012.

In this interview two members of Superflex, Jakob Fenger and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, tell us about the ideas behind the project, and how it came about as an extreme example of citizen inclusion and collaboration: “We found it interesting to look at this very diverse group of people in regard to culture, social standing, nationality, etc., and then see it as a rich and significant foundation for impacting the area these people live in.”

More after the break.

BIG’s David Zahle Talks Sustainability

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David Zahle, a partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Lead Architect on the recently opened Danish National Maritime Museum, spoke to Mies. UK earlier this year. The practice, widely known for its creative approach to the issue of sustainability (sustainability should be experienced rather than hidden), recently won an an international competition to design a new Waste-to-Energy plant in .

Read more and watch the interview after the break…

Copenhagen in 2050

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As explained by this article in the Guardian, planners in Copenhagen are thinking ahead – to the years 2050 and even 2100 -  to propose plans that will cope with the storms and floods that will threaten the low-lying city due to climate change. From ”percolating pavements,” “pocket parks” and “cloudburst boulevards,” read about some of the innovative measures they are proposing, many of which are now being adopted around the world, here.

New Landmark in Copenhaguen / schmidt hammer lassen architects

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Architects: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Location: Copenhagen,
Contractor: Myhlenberg – Søren Vangsted Vest A/S
Engineer: MOE A/S
Area: 11,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mørk