Arkitema Wins Competition for a Visitor Centre at Hammershus

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Danish practice Arkitema have won a prestigious competition to design a new visitor centre for Hammershus, a 13th century castle on the Danish coastline. The winning proposal demonstrates a “respect for the ancient monument and for the location”, with “a discreet visitor centre of high architectural quality”. The building is expected to serve around 500,000 visitors annually and will cost 45million DKK (approximately $8.2million). Find out more about the project after the break…

RebildPorten / CEBRA

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Architects: CEBRA
Location: , Denmark
Area: 540 sqm
Photographs: Mikkel Frost

VUC Syd / AART Architects + ZENI Architects

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Architects: AART Architects, ZENI Architects
Location: 6100 , Denmark
Engineer: COWI
Area: 8600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Moerk

BIG Set to Build Blåvand Bunker Museum

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BIG’s Blåvand Bunker Museum has secured the necessary funds to move forward. Set to transform a former German WWII bunker carved into the banks of Blåvand, , the 2,500 square meter museum will include four independent institutions: a bunker museum, an amber museum, a history museum and a special exhibitions gallery.

“Contrary to the existing closed concrete lump, the new museum will, in its architecture, function as an open heart integrated into the landscape,” Bjarke Ingels described. “The museum is in every way the opposite of the militant history with its more closed, dark and heavy features.”

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Wins Competition to Design Landmark for Aarhus Harbour

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Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter has won a competition to design a landmark urban sculpture in Aarhus Harbour, a new district in ’s second largest city. The tower, shaped like a “sharp origami cut,” is designed to “celebrating vision and social encounters at the edge of the water.” Made of welded steel plates, the structure will be manufactured in a shipyard before being sailed to site.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Danish Theater

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A team led by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been announced as winners of a competition to design the Vendsyssel Theatre and Experience Centre in Hjørring, . Once complete in 2016, the 4,200 square meter building will act as a new and vibrant cultural hub within the city.

Trylletromler / Fabric Architecture

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Architects: Fabric Architecture
Location: Rosenborg Castle, 1350 Copenhagen,
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

International School Ikast Brande / CF Moller

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Architects: CF Moller
Location: , Denmark
Area: 2,600 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Martin Schubert, Julian Weyer

Danish National Maritime Museum Permanent Exhibition / Kossmann.dejong

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Architects: Kossmann.dejong
Location: Ny Kronborgvej, Helsingor,
Light Design: Rapenburg Plaza
Area: 5,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thijs Wolzak, Luca Santiago Mora

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 , , 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 (BIG) 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.

Syd Energi Headquarters / GPP Arkitekter

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Architects: GPP Arkitekter
Location: Vilsundvej, ,
Area: 11,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Syd Energi

Danish National Maritime Museum / BIG by George Messaritakis

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Some days ago we featured BIG’s Danish National Maritime Museum, the 17,500 sqm below ground museum. We now have more photos taken by photographer George Messaritakis. You can check them all 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 Copenhagen.

Read more and watch the interview after the break…

Danish National Maritime Museum / BIG

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Architects: BIG
Location: Helsingor,
Architect In Charge: Bjarke Ingels, David Zahle
Project Leader : David Zahle
Area: 17,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rasmus Hjortshøj, Thijs Wolzak, Luca Santiago Mora

Gas Kompressor Station Egtved / C. F. Møller Architects

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Architects: C. F. Møller Architects
Location: 6040 , Denmark
Area: 4,600 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Julian Weyer, Jan Laursen

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.

Danish Summer House / Powerhouse Company

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Architects: Powerhouse Company
Location: Zealand,
Architect In Charge: Charles Bessard
Design Team: Charles Bessard, Lotte Adolph Bessard, Ted Schauman, Kristina Tegner, Peter Nilsson
Project Leader: Lotte Adolph Bessard
Structural Engineering: Ove Heede Consult ApS
Energy Consultancy: Ellehauge & Kildemoses
Year: 2013
Photographs: Åke E. Son Lindman

New Landmark in Copenhaguen / schmidt hammer lassen architects

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