Centre For Cancer And Health / Nord Architects

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Architects: Nord Architects
Location: Copenhagen,
Area: 2,250 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adam Mørk

Drawing of the Year International Student Competition

The Aarhus School of Architecture, , The Danish Agency for Culture and the award winning architecture and design office SHL proudly announce a joint venture ‘Drawing of the Year 2013’.Entries are invited from all architectural students of drawings that inspire, communicate and engage. The internationally acclaimed jury will be looking to award drawings that focus on entries that express the architect’s aesthetic and conceptual approach as a dialogue with – and through the medium – of drawing.

Drawing is a media production and a dissemination of thoughts and dreams. The recipient should be invited to wonder, be moved and involved in drawing as recognition and discussion of tomorrow’s architecture. The drawing substantive theme is ”Engaging Through Architecture” – a focus on architecture’s ambition to take an active part in social development.The competition is seen as an opportunity to celebrate the Architect’s oldest tool as a relevant media for communicating their craft – and demonstrating the potential discourse for discussing and developing architectural ideas laid down through the art of drawing on paper. Drawings will be exhibited at the Aarhus School of Architecture in December 2013.

For complete information regarding criteria, jury, prizes and submission, please visit the competition’s official website.

Aeropolis / Plastique Fantastique

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Architects: Plastique Fantastique
Location: ,
Project Team: Marco Canevacci, Marco Barotti, Mirjam Dorsch, Sonia Garcia, Stephanie Grönnert, Antonia Joseph, Julia Lipinsky, Itxaso Markiegi, Manuela Milicia, Carsten Reith, Lorenzo Soldi, Markus Wüste, Yena Young
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique

Kalvebod Waves / JDS Architects + KLAR

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Architects: , JDS Architects, KLAR
Location: Kalvebod Brygge, Copenhagen,
Design Team: , JDS, Niras, Sloth Møller
Area: 4000.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Henning Stuben, Courtesy of JDS Architects

Green Lighthouse / Christensen & Co Architects

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Architects: Christensen & Co Architects
Location: ,
Area: 970 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Adam Mørk

DTU Compute / Christensen & Co Architects

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Architects: Christensen & Co Architects
Location: ,
Area: 4,500 sqm
Photographs: Adam Mørk

Hong Kong Tops Charts as World’s Most Expensive Construction Market

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EC Harris’ 2013 International Costs Report has named Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to build in. The annual study, which benchmarks building costs in 47 countries across the globe, found that relative costs have been affected by substantial fluctuations in currency throughout the year. Despite a stagnant economy, Europe has six of the top ten most expensive markets in this year’s report, reflecting the competitive challenge faced by the Eurozone. 

The top ten most expensive countries to build in are:

Three Teams Shortlisted to Design Denmark’s Largest Hospital

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The full shortlist has been revealed for the second phase of an international competition to design one of Denmark’s largest hospitals in Hillerød: Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland. Competing against the BIG+WHR+Arup team to design the 124,000 square meter, north of , will be C. F Møller+Alectia+Ramboll and Herzog and de Meuron+Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects.

Read on for more on each proposal…

Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland Shortlisted Proposal / BIG

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As we announced last week, BIG++Arup has been selected as one of three design teams to participate in the second phase of the design competition for Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland, a 124,000 square meter acute hospital in , north of Copenhagen. BIG’s proposal for the new hospital, serving over 300,000 people, seeks to “preserve the site’s existing natural features while optimizing the efficient hospital machine.”

Read on for more from the architect’s description…

BIG Shortlisted In Competition to Design Denmark’s Largest Hospital

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UPDATE: All three shortlisted teams have been announced. Check out there proposals here

BIG, WHR and Arup have been shortlisted alongside two other design teams to participate in the second phase of the design competition for what will be Denmark’s largest . The 124,000 square meter facility, known as the Nyt Nordsjælland, is planned to be built north of Copenhagen.

According to the jury, “BIG’s ideas, together with the large green spaces and green surfaces, mean that we really can talk about a healing hospital in the best possible interpretation of the concept.”

We will keep you updated as details of the other shortlisted teams emerge.

‘Live Between Buildings!’: New Vision of Loft 2 Competition Entry / Mateusz Mastalski + Ole Robin Storjohann

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Mateusz Mastalski + shared with us their ‘Live Between Buildings!’ proposal for the New Vision of Loft 2 Competition organized by Fakro, which aims to create a new way of living in the city. Infills between existing buildings that consist almost entirely of Fakro window technology enable a life hyper-close to nature and city life, while on the same time exploiting the qualities of the already existing blind walls of the city. With minimal footprint and facade surface, but a maximum of living quality, the Live Between Buildings! project contributes to a denser, more sustainable city of the future.

Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium / BIG

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Architects: BIG
Location: 2900 , Denmark
Creative Director: Bjarke Ingels
Partner In Charge: Finn Nørkjær
Project Leader: Ole Schrøder (Concept), Ole Elkjær ()
Project Architect: Frederik Lyng
Project Team: Narisara Ladawal Schröder, Henrick Poulsen, Dennis Rasmussen, Jeppe Ecklon, Rune Hansen, Riccardo Mariano, Christian Alvare Gomez, Xu Li, Jakob Lange, Thomas Juul-Jensen
Area: 1100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jens Lindhe

The Velvet State / Shjworks Architectural

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Architects: Shjworks Architectural
Location: Darupvej, ,
Architect In Charge: Simon Hjermind Jensen
Design Team: Christian Bøcker Sørensen
Photographs: Simon Hjermind Jensen, Christian Böcker Sörensen, Lasse Ryberg

The Cliff / Mangor & Nagel

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Architects: Mangor & Nagel
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Mangor & Nagel A/S
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tom Jersøe

UN City / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Location: Marmorvej 51, Copenhagen,
Area: 20000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

‘Zaha Hadid – World Architecture Exhibition’

The small teaser above is a glimpse into the Zaha Hadid – World Architecture exhibition, which opens today, June 28, in . Together, the Danish Architecture Centre and have created an exhibition experience beyond the ordinary. The viewer will experience a world of towers, floating shells, selected projects and design objects all within a “borderless landscape” that reveals how Hadid’s work arises in an advanced digital and geometric universe.

Toender City Hall Extension Competition Entry / HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Sebastian Misiurek

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Located in , a city in southern Denmark, close to the Danish and German border, the new City hall extension by HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Sebastian Misiurek is designed to optimize interior flexible space while taking full advantage of the beautiful landscape that surrounds it. Integrating a high degree of spatial flexibility, this enables the building to programmatically change over time, and incorporates a number of informal work and meeting spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Danish Architect Henning Larsen, “Master of Light,” Dead at 87

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Arquitecturviva reports that prolific Danish architect Henning Larsen (1925-2013), the “master of light,” died yesterday at the age of 87 in his home.

Larsen, who worked under the likes of Jørn Utzon early on in his career, established his own firm Henning Larsen Architects in 1959. Throughout the span of his career, Larsen gained fame in both Denmark and abroad, receiving multiple awards, including the Praemium Imperiale in 2012; most recently, his Harpa Concert Hall received the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award.

Remember Larsen by re-discovering his works – such as Viborg Town Hall and the Wavehere. Henning Larsen Architects has also set up an “in memoriam” page which provides information on how you can donate to the Henning Larsen Foundation, founded to promote and disseminate architecture in a broad sense, in Larsen’s memory.