ArchitectsSvendborg Architects, junya ishigami + associates
LocationNordhavnen, 2150 Copenhagen, Denmark
Photographsjunya ishigami + associates
Architect in ChargeJunya Ishigami, Johnny Svendborg
Design TeamWataru Shinji, Tei Shuma, Taeko, Abe, Takashi Mastuda, Anne Fridberg, Jacob Billesbølle
Structural EngineerJun Sato
Environmental EngineerTRANSSOLAR | KlimaEngineering
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.
The design consists of an undulating plane that acts as both roof and walls for the structure. Where the floor should be, there is only the harbor water. Visitors to the pavilion can board circular boats and launch themselves into main “hall” of the space. The quiet lapping of the waves and the silent shell above them gives visitors the ideal space for contemplation, and creates a room that is meant to be the physical embodiment of peace.
Morten Langebæk, chairman of the HOPE foundation says, “junya.ishigami+associates and Svendborg Architects’ unique winning proposal meets every bit of the vision of our project. This is nothing less than an architectural masterpiece…The result is deeply fascinating and at the same time peaceful. A space you will certainly want to visit again and again. A masterpiece that we all could be proud of.”