Faaborg Harbor Bath / URBAN AGENCY + JDS + Creo arkitekter

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Architects: JDS, URBAN AGENCY, Creo arkitekter
Location: 5600 Faaborg, Denmark
Area: 20100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Urban Agency, Mette Krull

The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects

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Architects: SeARCH, CEBRA, JDS, Louis Paillard Architects
Location: Mariane Thomsens Gade, 8000 Aarhus C,
Area: 22000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mikkel Frost, Soeren Kjaer

Update: Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard

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We love seeing a project through fruition, and after being introduced to the collaborative vision of the Iceberg for Arhus, Denmark, we were anxiously awaiting its construction.  As we have previously shared, the Iceberg, or “Isbjerget” in Danish, was designed as an iconic waterfront marker to invigorate the harbor front’s transformation from a sole industrial entity to a residential and commercial hub.   Construction is swiftly progressing on the four building block, and earlier this week, the team enjoyed the project’s “topping out” ceremony.

More about the Iceberg after the break.

Update: Hangzhou Gateway Tower / JDS Architects

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Back in June, we shared JDS winning mixed use project for Hangzhou, .  Conceptualized as the iconic link that fuses two prominent parts of the city, the Hangzhou H project is a dynamic experiment of formal expression.  The tiered volume opens pedestrian connections at the ground level, and supports a generous landscape that functions as a rain water retainer on the roof level.   The young firm has just received the necessary building permits, and will begin construction in March of 2012.  We’ll keep you covered on the building’s progress, and be sure to view our previous coverage of the winning competition proposal here.

Hangzhou Waves / JDS


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JDS has just been awarded first prize for their Hangzhou Waves scheme – a competition entry that called for the design of not one, but two buildings for the financial district of Hangzhou Xintiandi of Hangzhou, .    The two sloping volumes offer different exterior expressions and hold different programmatic entities (a hotel and an office building); yet, the forms are guided by similar attitudes regarding sunlight, green roofs, an active ground plane, etc, which immediately creates a strong relationship between the pair.

More about the winning competition entry after the break.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar / JDS

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 Just in time for the holidays, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar will return to a warehouse the 15th through 17th of December.  The Bazaar will re-imagine the sights, sounds and smells of traditional markets and will be filled with independent vendors selling artwork, accessories, and furniture, along with great music and food. Our friends from Danish firm JDS will be designing the master plan for the Bazaar and different furniture pieces after the firm captured the attention of the Bazaar organizers with their innovative ski jump in Norway.  

More about the bazaar after the break.

In Progress: Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard

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We’ve been covering +   + SeARCH + Louis Paillard’s geometric harbor project for Arhus, Denmark.  The huge project, which measures over 21,000 sqm, will include mixed dwellings types and commercial space.  CEBRA has shared a few short video clips with us, highlighting the progress of the project.  This featured clip is shot from the bridge connecting the future harbor promenade across the nearby canal. The grey concrete wall shown is the beginning of the southern facade (the actual floor is on top of the wall) and behind the wall is where the parking is situated.

Another video, as well as a few construction photos, after the break.

U.S. Invests in Brazil’s Infrastructure Upgrades

Photo by Diego Torres Silvestre - http://www.flickr.com/photos/3336/

Although has been growing quickly as a nation, its economic growth has been stinted by the country’s lack of investment in infrastructure. In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil is expected to spend over one trillion dollars from the Brazilian government and as much as $34 billion from private investors. The money will go toward numerous construction projects designed to increase and improve upon Brazil’s roads, railways, stadiums, hotels and airports. More information after the break.

Architecture City Guide: Copenhagen

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . This is our first stop in Europe, and admittedly the selection was not completely unbiased. While studying at the Danish Building Research Institute a few years ago I couldn’t help but fall in love with ’s architecture. The Danish attention to detail is absolutely stunning. Besides the wonderful historic architecture, is filled with contemporary architecture of the highest quality. Remarkably, you rarely find the new clashing with the old. More often than not, the contemporary architecture in actually heightens the experience of the historic buildings and streets. Last week our readers suggested so many great buildings I decided to double the usual number of buildings to 24. This still did not come close to including all the suggestions or even some of my favorites, so we will be looking to expand on this list in the near future. Once again thanks to all our readers for your help. As the list is incomplete please add your favorites in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Copenhagen list and corresponding map after the break.

New Holmenkollen Beacon / JDS

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Architects: JDS Architects
Location: Oslo,
Partner in Charge: Julien De Smedt
Project Managers: Kamilla Heskje, Morten Sletbak Have
Project Team: Aleksandra Kiszkielis, Alex Dent, Alf Lassen Nielsen, Andrea Weisser, Carlos Cabrera, Derrick Lai, Dries Rodet, Edna Lueddecke, Elina Manninen, Erik Olav Marstein, Felix Luong, Filip Lipinsky, Gunnar Hoess, Ieva Maknickaite, James McBennett, Johanna Kliment, Joue Gillet, Kristoffer Harling, Liz Kelzey, Magda Kusowska, Marco Boella, Michaela Weisskirchner, Pauline Parcollet, Robert Huebser, Tineke Vanduffel, Torkel Njå, Wolfgang Mitterer, Wouter Dons
Competition Team: Babara Costa, Derrick Lai, Mads Knak-Nielsen, Mikkel H. Sørensen, Victoria Diemer Bennetzen
Collaborators: Norconsult, Grindaker, Metallplan, Intra
Budget: 29,000,000 EUR
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard

One of our favorites, CEBRA, (and their collaboraters JDS, SeARCH and Louis Paillard) shared their latest winning competition entry.  Situated in Aarhus, Denmark, right in front of the harbor, the 21.500 m2 project features mixed dwellings types and commercial space.   The project receives its jagged heights to allow better views toward the ocean and better daylight conditions, and the tops and bottoms are shifted so that views between the volumes become possible.  This breakdown of the mass creates the potential for an “iconic” building for the harbor area, and one that, due to its form, creates its own skyline within itself.  There’s just something about the Danes’ approaches, like BIG + , where they tackle simple realities, such as light and views, and allow their whole building to respond them in an unconventional and dynamic way.

More images, diagrams and more information about the winning design after the break.

Julien De Smedt Lecture and Agenda book launch in Tokyo

Here’s an open invitation to Julien De Smedt (JDS Architects) lectuer and agenda book launch in , .

The event will take place on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 from 6:00pm till 9:00 pm at the INAX Ginza.

You can RSVP through Facebook and invite your friends to the event. Just click here.

Building of the Year 2009, Housing: Mountain Dwellings / BIG with JDS

Architects: BIG Architects
Location: Copenhagen,
Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingles for , Julien De Smedt for JDS
Project Architect: Jakob Lange
Project Leader: Finn Nørkjær
Project Manager: Jan Borgstrøm
Construction Manager: Henrick Poulsen
Contributors: Annette Jensen, Dariusz Bojarski, Dennis Rasmussen, Eva Hviid-Nielsen, Joao Vieira Costa, Jørn Jensen, Karsten V. Vestergaard, Karsten Hammer Hansen, Leon Rost, Louise Steffensen, Malte Rosenquist, Mia Frederiksen, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Ole Nannberg, Roberto Rosales Salazar, Rong Bin, Sophus Søbye, Søren Lambertsen, Wataru Tanaka
Collaborators: JDS/JULIEN DE SMEDT ARCHITECTS, Moe & Brødsgaard, Freddy Madsen Rådgivende Ingeniører ApS
Client: Høpfner A/S
Engineering: Moe & Brodsgaard
Construction: DS Elcobyg A/S /PH Montage
Project year: 2008
Constructed Area: 33,000 sqm
Photographs: Dragor Luft, Jacob Boserup, Jens Lindhe, Ulrik Jantzen

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Contemplating the void: JDS

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During 2009 the Guggenheim Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary. And now, the museum commissioned nearly 200 artists, architects and designers to imagine their dream interventions on the most significative space of Frank Lloyd Wright’s building, the central void. “Contemplating the void” will be on exhibit at the Museum from Feb 12th until Apr 28th.

We are going to present you some of the interventions proposed by the architects, starting with “Experience the void” by danish practice JDS.

JDS/Julien De Smedt Architects proposal is architecture turned into enjoyment and participation. Instead of we propose to experience it by letting a trampoline net spiral down the rotunda space.  The experience plays with Wright’s original scenography for the Guggenheim: to visit the exhibition downwards.

The below image corresponds to the project featured on the new book by JDS “Agenda: Can We Sustain Our Ability to Crisis?“, published by ACTAR. Expect a review soon.

MVRDV + 24 Architects on the future of Almere


The 24 architecture teams with the client, Almere city officials and the project teams of on site, photo by © Xander Remkes

We all know that the Dutch are experts on reclaiming land from the sea. And with all this new land, come new cities. One of these is Almere, a city founded in 1984, which is growing fast into becoming the fifth largest city in . This growing city is now into the process of consolidating a new center, Olympiakwartier, envisioned on a larger master plan for a sustainable city by Mecanoo.

By 2030, Almere expects to grow into a city with a stronger identity and a total of 350,000 inhabitants, which involves the building of 60,000 new homes and the creation of 100,000 new jobs for the expected 150,000 new inhabitants. For this, Amsterdam based housing association Housing Stadgenoot commissioned MVRDV to be planner for 60,000m2 work space, 120,000m2 housing (1,000 homes), 15,000m2 education, 2,000m2 commercial space, 2,640 parking spaces and various public spaces. This total has been split into 93 volumes of which MVRDV will design 45. The plan demands individual development of the buildings: a dense mix of living and working leading to a complex urban condition. Retail, a public square and communal gardens are also part of the comprehensive plan which introduces inner city life to the mostly suburban typology of Almere. Flexibility is a key objective: All ground floors and part of the office and apartment buildings are designed to facilitate future change of use. In this way the owner, Stadgenoot, can adjust the district more and more to the needs of the growing new town and its inhabitants.

The remaining 48 buildings (500m2 to 5,000m2) are going to be designed by a selected group of 24 international practices, including established and emerging offices (see list after the break).

This project is very ambitious, with the potential of becoming a milestone on urban planning, apart from recent mega projects by groups of architects we have seen lately, which can be very innovative in terms of form or solving individual housing problems, but lack of a clear master plan that make all the individual architect’s efforts act as a whole. It sort of reminds me of the Weissenhof Estate, lets hope this one becomes an example for future architects.

ORDOS 100 #31: JDS Architects

This villa is located in #74 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: JDS Architects
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China
Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

International firms invited by MAD to design “Huaxi City Centre” in China

MAD recently organized a collaborative masterplanning project in South West China. Ten young international architects were invited to take part in an urban experiment, to design a new city centre on a scenic natural site close to the city of Guiyang. The participating architects were: Atelier Manferdini (USA), BIG (DENMARK), Dieguez Fridman (ARGENTINA), EMERGENT/Tom Wiscombe (USA), HouLiang Architecture (CHINA), JDS (DENMARK/BELGIUM), MAD (CHINA), Mass Studies (KOREA), Rojkind Arquitectos (MEXICO), Serie (UK/INDIA), Sou Fujimoto Architects (JAPAN).

Seen on designboom.

Images after the break.

VM Houses / PLOT = BIG + JDS

Architects: BIG + JDS = PLOT
Location: , Denmark
Collaborators: , JDS, MOE & Brodsgaard
Client: Hopfner A/S, Dansk Olie Kompagni A/S
Contractor: Hopfner A/S
Program: 230 Apartments
Construction period: 2004 – 2005
Total Area: 25000 sqm
Photography: BIG & JDS