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"It's All About Simplifying Things": In Conversation With Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter

"It's All About Simplifying Things": In Conversation With Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter

In a recent interview with Louisiana Channel, Copenhagen-based architects Søren Johansen and Sebastian Skovsted share insights into their design process - stating the importance of creating architecture that seamlessly blends into the landscape yet stands out on its own right. Discussing the minimalist nature of their projects, the architects are careful not to put themselves in a box, saying, "When you ask about minimalism in our work, or any other ism, we are not interested in simplicity for simplicity’s sake.”

Skjern River Pump Stations by Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter . Image © Rasmus NorlanderTransformation of Common Courtyard by Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter . Image © Rasmus NorlanderBakkedraget by Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter  & LASC Studio. Image © Laura StamerTipperne Bird Sanctuary by Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter . Image © Rasmus Norlander+ 6

Their practice - Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter - was founded in 2014, and, seeks to synthesize contemporary building materials and processes with basic architectural values. Structure is at the forefront of the office's design process - and the practice sees structure as a significant part of public space, placing and connecting components that are both readable and relatable and which strongly contribute to a particular spatial character.

Skjern River Pump Stations by Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter . Image © Rasmus Norlander
Skjern River Pump Stations by Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter . Image © Rasmus Norlander

The office has been rewarded with several prizes, such as the Häuser Award - Interior Prize 2020, the AD Design Award 2018, and the Three-Year Working Grant of the Danish Arts Foundation 2017. Both of the architects studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design, and Conservation (KADK), and in addition to their practice, they teach at KADK at the Institute of Architecture and Technology.


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Cite: Matthew Maganga. ""It's All About Simplifying Things": In Conversation With Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter " 06 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/957909/its-all-about-simplifying-things-in-conversation-with-johansen-skovsted-arkitekter> ISSN 0719-8884

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