We have heard your cries, and we are finally taking our Architecture City Guide international. We like the new bottom-up approach, and we will be sticking with that for format as we branch out. So we need your help. To make the City Guides more engaging we are asking for your input on which designs should comprise our weekly list of 12. In order for this to work we will need you, our readers, to suggest a few of your favorite modern/contemporary buildings for the upcoming city guide in the comment section below. Along with your suggestions we ask that you provide a link to an image you took of the building that we can use, the address of the building, and the architect. (The image must be from a site that has a Creative Common License cache like Flickr or Wikimedia. We cannot use images that are copyrighted unless they are yours and you give us permission.) From that we will select the top 12 most recommended buildings. Hopefully this method will help bring to our attention smaller well done projects that only locals truly know. With that in mind we do not showcase private single-family residences for obvious reasons. Additionally, we try to only show completed projects.
The Black Diamond (Royal Danish Library)/ Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, 1219 Copenhagen, Denmark
Architects: Department for Architecture Design and Media Technology
Location: Aalborg, Denmark
Student team: Jonas Nielsen, David Thomsen, Mads Skak, Henrik Jacobsen, Phillip Klausen, Laura Bogstad
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Department for Architecture Design and Media Technology
Fuglsang Kunstmuseum is a purpose built regional art museum designed by Tony Fretton Architects to house the Storstrøm Art Museum’s permanent collection of Danish fine art dating from the period 1780-1980. The 2,500 sqm building also houses new galleries for temporary exhibitions, a shop, a café, a learning centre, administration spaces and storage for the museum’s large collection of painting and sculpture.
Architect: Tony Fretton Architects
Location: Lolland, Denmark
Landscape Architect: Torben Schønherr Landscape
Structural Engineer: Birch & Krogboe A/S Consulting Engineers
Executive Architect: BBP ARKITEKTER A/S
Project Area: 2,500 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Helene Binet
This year, undergraduate students from the Aarhus School of Architecture [check out previously featured student works from Aarhus] will be collaborating with Northern Europe’s largest cultural and music festival, the Roskilde. 125 students were involved in this two-month long project which ultimately resulted in a experimentation of light, materiality and space. Entitled Vintergatan [Swedish for Milky Way], the installation is a modular exercise as different sized triangles are combined to create varied spaces. The name refers to the installation’s main motif: a ribbon of light that surrounds the square in front of the Pavilion’s stage, where a series of upcoming bands will perform during the festival.
More images and more about the project after the break.
‘Why Don’t We Do It On The Stairs?’ is the winning proposal for won the architectural design competition ‘Build What Here?’ organised by the Danish Architecture Centre and Roskilde Festival, to create an architectural design for the Culture Zone at Roskilde Festival 2011. The project is designed by architecture collective Re-Make / Re-Model consisting of Anders Grivi Norman of Oslo, Norway and Victor Serrander of Stockholm, Sweden. The design will be built for the Roskilde Festival and will be featured in an exhibition in the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen opening on the 7th of May.
More on this project after the break.
JAJA Architects just shared the news of their competiton proposal for an extension of Falkonergården High School in Frederiksberg, Denmark. The competition attracted over one hundred proposals, and JAJA’s placed third for its “…respectful relation to the existing buildings through its geometric formal language”. The jury explained, “The shape appears logic with an interpretation of the buildings existing virtues. And the objective of capturing the warm glow of the surrounding buildings with new materials seems very convincing.”
More images and more about the extension after the break.
Carlsberg Group hereby announces an international design competition to transform the New Carlsberg Brewhouse into an exciting, must-see Brand and Experience Centre, attracting 500,000 visitors each year.
The aim is to create a world-class attraction with a broad appeal to visitors who wish to be challenged, engaged and entertained by one of the world’s strongest brands. The main focus is on the transformation on the Brewhouse and the Elephant Gate but should also describe how Carlsberg Group can re-enforce, strengthen and further develop its presence in the Carlsberg site.
The design competition is launched on April 5th 2011 and Carlsberg welcomes proposals from all over the world. Following a pre-qualification stage, 4-6 selected teams within the fields of brand experience and development, visitor attraction and architecture will be invited to submit their proposals. The winner will be announced in spring 2012.
For more information, visit the competition’s official website.
JDS Architects together with KLAR, Creo Architects and Sloth-Møller engineers has presented us their latest project, the Faaborg Harbour Bath and Blue Bass in Faaborg, Denmark. This was the winning design among the invited entrants to the Faaborg compeition and the execution process is ongoing. Follow after the jump for a few additional images and a short project briefing.
This weekend on April 2nd, Ben van Berkel of UNStudio will be presenting a lecture during the Smart Geometries 2011 Copenhagen – an event that focuses on the role of digital parametrics in architectural experimentation and design strategies. van Berkel, an avid believer in computational design, will focus on his firm’s projects, such as the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, the Raffles City mixed use development in Hangzhou and the Star Place Luxury Shopping Plaza in Kaohsiung, to illustrate their application of smart geometries. ”"Parametric design is in itself not so interesting. It needs meaning. We need to combine the possibilities of the virtual with how we discipline the real in a new way,” explains van Berkel. With digital modeling allowing for greater innovation, creativity and experimentation, van Berkel explains how such technologies improve communication on projects to such an extent that design and construction can be much more compact, accelerated and efficient. “In the 90s we were fascinated with the potential of these emerging techniques and their ability to control geometry. However our interest was never solely focussed on the geometry, nor on the computational techniques themselves. Our interest lay largely in the possibility to carry out spatial experiments and to see how the resulting structures could actually be constructed,” states van Berkel. For more information about the lecture, check out the Smart Geometries website.
The international team of 3XN and William McDonough + Partners is about to develop one of Europe’s first and most ambitious Cradle to Cradle® projects; the Green Solution House on the island of Bornholm, Denmark. Green Solution House will be an innovative ‘Demonstratorium’ facilitating the development and test of new green technologies on an international scale. At the same time the building will function as a showcase in itself; designed according to the Cradle to Cradle® principles, the project is anticipated to integrate the latest knowledge within materials and appropriate technologies.
More details after the break.
The Wave in Vejle, Denmark designed by Henning Larsen Architects is a new unique housing that embraces the sculptural and organic forms to become a new landmark for the city. It takes advantage of both its location and the views it offers, while equally challenging the existing architecture of the area and its program as a housing complex.
More on this project after the break.
Back in July, we first introduced Aarhus, Denmark’s School of Architecture along with a cool temporary pavilion assembled from euro-pallets. Recently, three of the university’s students – Johan Stoustrup, Gustav Kragh-Jacobsen and Martin Erlandsson – have shared a creative video-project which focuses on the abstraction of fragmentation. Entitled ”Fragments of the Ideal City,” the video depicts the city as an constantly changing organism as different video clips project various images upon a lime plaster model set to music by Band Ane.