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The Royal Danish Opera / Henning Larsen

00:00 - 19 April, 2019
The Royal Danish Opera / Henning Larsen, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk + 74

Third Nature and Lendager Group Design Upcycled High-Rise for Copenhagen

05:00 - 15 April, 2019
Third Nature and Lendager Group Design Upcycled High-Rise for Copenhagen, CPH Common House. Image Courtesy of THIRD NATURE
CPH Common House. Image Courtesy of THIRD NATURE

Danish architecture firms Lendager Group and TREDJE NATUR designed the CPH Common House to be a new residential and commercial building in the Ørestad area of Copenhagen. The high-rise would feature recycled tiles and concrete with brick fractures, paneling constructed from recycled window frames and reclaimed wood flooring. In total, the design team estimates the Common House would make use of 17,577 tons of recycled waste material. The project was designed to be “the world’s first upcycled high rise” for its use of upcycled post-consumer material.

CPH Common House. Image Courtesy of THIRD NATURE CPH Common House. Image Courtesy of THIRD NATURE CPH Common House. Image Courtesy of THIRD NATURE CPH Common House. Image Courtesy of THIRD NATURE + 12

The World's Most Liveable Cities in 2019

07:30 - 8 April, 2019
The World's Most Liveable Cities in 2019, Strandbar Herrmann. Vienna, Austria. Image © Christian Stemper, via Vienna Tourist Board
Strandbar Herrmann. Vienna, Austria. Image © Christian Stemper, via Vienna Tourist Board

For ten consecutive years, Vienna ranks first in the Mercer survey on cities with the best quality of life in the world. In this edition to the global ranking, eight Western European cities join the top ten, even when "trade tensions and populist undercurrents continue to dominate the global economic climate", as Mercer points out in its report.

The Royal Library / SHL

02:00 - 19 March, 2019
The Royal Library / SHL, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk + 27

SPACE10 Redesign / SPACE10 + Spacon & X

10:00 - 13 March, 2019
SPACE10 Redesign / SPACE10 + Spacon & X, © Hampus Berndtson
© Hampus Berndtson

© Hampus Berndtson © Hampus Berndtson © Hampus Berndtson © Hampus Berndtson + 39

IKEA's Research Lab SPACE10 Designs a Solar Village to Rethink Renewable Energy

13:00 - 8 March, 2019
IKEA's Research Lab SPACE10 Designs a Solar Village to Rethink Renewable Energy, SolarVille by SPACE10. Image © Irina Boersma
SolarVille by SPACE10. Image © Irina Boersma

IKEA’s research and design laboratory SPACE10 has unveiled their latest project, SolarVille, to showcase new ways to democratize access to clean, renewable energy. Based in Copenhagen, the team partnered with blockchain experts BLOC, Blocktech, WeMoveIdeas India and architecture practice SachsNottveit. The project explores how combining new technologies with solar power can make clean energy more affordable. The vision centers on cooperative micro-grids where homeowners can become makers and traders of clean energy.

SolarVille by SPACE10. Image © Irina Boersma SolarVille by SPACE10. Image © Irina Boersma SolarVille by SPACE10. Image © Irina Boersma SolarVille by SPACE10. Image © Irina Boersma + 11

SquareOne Proposes Repurposing a Water Tower as Public Spas/Student Housing

13:00 - 18 February, 2019
SquareOne Proposes Repurposing a Water Tower as Public Spas/Student Housing, Public spa. Image Courtesy of SquareOne
Public spa. Image Courtesy of SquareOne

Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to go swimming inside a water tower. In reality, it would probably be dark and creepy and not as cool as it sounds, but that’s not the case with Danish firm SquareOne’s design, where the top of an abandoned water tower becomes a public swimming pool and spa. Utilizing the existing structural system of the tower, SquareOne is also proposing adding 40+ student housing units suspended around the tower. This dual-purpose scheme addresses Copenhagen’s desperate housing shortage while also giving new life to an old building.

 

Interior beam structure of Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Existing Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Proposed Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Courtesy of SquareOne + 10

The Eco-Friendly Floating Cities of the Future

07:30 - 18 January, 2019
The Eco-Friendly Floating Cities of the Future, Courtesy of URBAN POWER for Hvidovre municipality
Courtesy of URBAN POWER for Hvidovre municipality

As the world population grows, designers look to develop the seas. Architecture and planning firm, URBAN POWER strategically designed nine man-made islands off the southern coast of Copenhagen to combat many of the city’s impending challenges. The islets, called Holmene, address demands for tech space, fossil-free energy production, flood barriers, and even public recreation space.

Seven New Landmarks Designed for Copenhagen's Amager Nature Park

07:00 - 15 January, 2019
Seven New Landmarks Designed for Copenhagen's Amager Nature Park, Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg
Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg

A team of Danish designers and architects have won the competition to design seven new landmarks for Amager Nature Park near Copenhagen City Centre. ADEPT, Møller & Grønborg, SNC-Lavalin Atkins and BARK Rådgivning submitted a proposal for a series of structures featuring wooden roof forms around outdoor activities and experiences. The new landmarks are designed to create a holistic experience of the urban nature reserve and contribute to the park’s future growth.

Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg + 16

The European School Copenhagen / NORD Architects + Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects

08:00 - 10 January, 2019
The European School Copenhagen / NORD Architects + Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk + 29

InVision Launches Free Study Abroad Program for Designers

11:00 - 20 December, 2018
InVision Launches Free Study Abroad Program for Designers, © flickr user gordon-s, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
© flickr user gordon-s, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

For architects with travel-related New Year resolutions, software company InVision has launched a free “Design Exchange” program for professional designers eager to see the world on a budget.

The “Design Exchange” program is open to any senior designer with over 6 years of professional experience and offers one-week-long, organized exchanges during every quarter of 2019. Destinations already announced include Sydney (Spring 2019), Copenhagen (Summer 2019), and Singapore (Winter 2020).

Sustainable Startup Beats out BIG, Henning Larsen for a New Eco-Village in Copenhagen

02:30 - 4 December, 2018
Sustainable Startup Beats out BIG, Henning Larsen for a New Eco-Village in Copenhagen, UN17. Image Courtesy of tmrw.se
UN17. Image Courtesy of tmrw.se

Sustainability startup Lendager Group have beat out BIG and Henning Larsen in a competition to design a new eco-village in Copenhagen, Denmark. With the project UN17 village, Lendager Group designed the first project in the world that will translate all 17 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into tangible action. After nearly 25 years of planning, the 400 new homes will complete the new city district, Ørestad South.

UN17. Image Courtesy of tmrw.se UN17. Image Courtesy of tmrw.se UN17. Image Courtesy of tmrw.se UN17. Image Courtesy of tmrw.se + 14

C.F. Møller Architects Unveil Images of New Carlsberg Headquarters in Copenhagen

11:00 - 3 December, 2018
C.F. Møller Architects Unveil Images of New Carlsberg Headquarters in Copenhagen, © C.F. Møller Architects
© C.F. Møller Architects

C.F. Møller Architects has unveiled new images of their proposed Carlsberg Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Construction of the scheme is well underway, with the topping out ceremony taking place in Spring 2018.

The new renders offer an insight into the scheme’s proposed external finish and interior atmosphere, including the central atrium overlooking the historic site where the famed brewery business began.

WE Architecture Unveils Pixelated Pop-Up Architecture Office at BLOX Copenhagen

09:00 - 31 October, 2018
WE Architecture Unveils Pixelated Pop-Up Architecture Office at BLOX Copenhagen, Courtesy of WE Architecture
Courtesy of WE Architecture

WE Architecture has unveiled its “WE” showroom at BLOX Copenhagen, the new gathering point of Danish architecture, design, and new ideas. The BLOX showroom consists of a staircase gallery showcasing “the next wave of Danish architecture – told and conveyed by a number of invited talented and distinguished young Danish architectural companies.”

The “pixelated” installation uses the steps of the BLOX staircase gallery to create an integrated workstation and exhibition for the firm’s projects, presented through models, renders, technical drawings, sketches etc.

Courtesy of WE Architecture Courtesy of WE Architecture Courtesy of WE Architecture Courtesy of WE Architecture + 5

Alternative Ways for Architects to Architect

07:00 - 11 October, 2018
Alternative Ways for Architects to Architect, Studio Roosegaarde. Image © Willem de Kam
Studio Roosegaarde. Image © Willem de Kam

The more architecture students that I converse with, the more I hear this common dissent amongst them: “I don’t want to become an architect.” Despite participating in long studio hours for a five-year professional degree, somehow very few peers actually want to become the kind of architects that create buildings.

Aside from the conventional alternatives of interior or graphic design, there is a rising trend in the popularity of firms that use architectural skills for beyond the scope of designing luxury condominiums for wealthy clients. For prospective architects (and current ones), below are examples of firms that may not be what one initially imagines to do with their degree, but a taste of the potential of what they can.

via Emergency Architecture & Human Rights via Studio Roosegaarde via Studio Roosegaarde via Forensic Architecture + 8

AD Classics: Grundtvig's Church / Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint

21:30 - 10 October, 2018
AD Classics: Grundtvig's Church / Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint, Courtesy of Flickr user Flemming Ibsen
Courtesy of Flickr user Flemming Ibsen

This article was originally published on July 28, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Six million yellow bricks on a hilltop just outside Copenhagen form one of the world’s foremost, if not perhaps comparatively unknown, Expressionist monuments. Grundtvigs Kirke (“Grundtvig’s Church”), designed by architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen Klint, was built between 1921 and 1940 as a memorial to N.F.S. Grundtvig – a famed Danish pastor, philosopher, historian, hymnist, and politician of the 19th century.[1] Jensen Klint, inspired by Grundtvig’s humanist interpretation of Christianity, merged the scale and stylings of a Gothic cathedral with the aesthetics of a Danish country church to create a landmark worthy of its namesake.[2]

It was decided in 1912 that Grundtvig, who had passed away in 1873, had been so significant to Danish history and culture that he merited a national monument. Two competitions were held in 1912 and 1913, bringing in numerous design submissions for statues, decorative columns, and architectural memorials.[3]

Courtesy of Flickr user Flemming Ibsen Courtesy of Flickr user Rune Brimer Courtesy of Flickr user noona11 Courtesy of Flickr user Flemming Ibsen + 18

Homes for All - Dortheavej Residence / Bjarke Ingels Group / Bjarke Ingels Group

13:45 - 8 October, 2018
Homes for All - Dortheavej Residence / Bjarke Ingels Group / Bjarke Ingels Group, © Rasmus Hjortshøj
© Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj + 24

The New Noma by Bjarke Ingels Group Opens to the Public

14:00 - 23 September, 2018
The New Noma by Bjarke Ingels Group Opens to the Public, NOMA 2.0. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj
NOMA 2.0. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj

Bjarke Ingels Group has designed a cluster of buildings as the new home for Noma, one of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants. Situated between two lakes within the community of Christiania in Copenhagen. Built on the site of an ex-military warehouse once used to store mines for the Royal Danish Navy, the project is imagined as an intimate culinary garden village. With interiors completed in collaboration with Studio David Thulstrup, the project dissolves the restaurant’s individual functions into a collection of separate yet connected buildings.

NOMA 2.0. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj NOMA 2.0. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj NOMA 2.0. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj NOMA 2.0. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj + 8