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Elephant House / Foster + Partners

00:00 - 4 April, 2018
Elephant House  / Foster + Partners, © Nigel Young
© Nigel Young

© Nigel Young © Richard Davies © Richard Davies © Nigel Young + 40

COBE & BIG Reveal Images of "Waterfall" Proposal for Copenhagen Aquatic Center

12:00 - 27 March, 2018
COBE & BIG Reveal Images of "Waterfall" Proposal for Copenhagen Aquatic Center, Courtesy of COBE / BIG
Courtesy of COBE / BIG

Danish firm COBE has released images of their proposed aquatic center in Copenhagen Harbor, a scheme entered for a design competition which was won by Kengo Kuma. The proposal, designed in collaboration with Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), formed part of COBE’s competition-winning masterplan for Paper Island, which was chosen for development in 2016.

Courtesy of COBE / BIG Courtesy of COBE / BIG Courtesy of COBE / BIG Courtesy of COBE / BIG + 11

C.F. Møller Wins Competition for Active-Learning School in Copenhagen

14:00 - 14 January, 2018
C.F. Møller Wins Competition for Active-Learning School in Copenhagen, Courtesy of C.F. Møller
Courtesy of C.F. Møller

In May 2017, C.F. Møller and Tredje Natur’s interactive education design won the New Islands Brygge School competition. The new education facility sets up innovative, sustainable and active spaces for sixth to ninth grade students to participate in experience-based learning.

Courtesy of C.F. Møller Courtesy of C.F. Møller Courtesy of C.F. Møller Courtesy of C.F. Møller + 24

Kengo Kuma & Associates Reveal Plans for New Aquatics Centre on Copenhagen's Waterfront

12:00 - 12 January, 2018
Kengo Kuma & Associates Reveal Plans for New Aquatics Centre on Copenhagen's Waterfront , Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Kengo Kuma & Associates, led by Yuki Ikeguchi partner in charge, have recently won a competition to design a new waterfront cultural centre as part of the masterplan for Copenhagen’s Paper Island. The unique cone shaped form will combine facilities for sports associations, harbour baths and an indoor/outdoor pool along the edge of the main canal. In a press release from Copenhagen City they praised the project on the connection created between land and sea, fulfilling Copenhagen’s vision of a new addition to Paper Island. Kengo Kuma & Associates' proposal was up against strong competition from BIG, 3XN ArchitectsAART Archtitects + Cubo Arkitekter and ALA Architects + Studio Octopi.

Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates Courtesy of Luxigon Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates + 10

SLA Reveals Park and Ski Slope That Will Cap BIG's Groundbreaking Waste-to-Energy Plant

14:30 - 3 January, 2018
SLA Reveals Park and Ski Slope That Will Cap BIG's Groundbreaking Waste-to-Energy Plant, Bird's Eye View. Image Courtesy of SLA
Bird's Eye View. Image Courtesy of SLA

The final designs for one of 2018’s most awaited projects have been revealed, as SLA has released plans for the 170,000-square-foot (16,000-square-meter) park and ski slope that will cap the BIG-designed Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Rendering. Image Courtesy of SLA Park Diagram. Image Courtesy of SLA Seed Dispersal Tactics. Image Courtesy of SLA Plan. Image Courtesy of SLA + 5

Damesalen Laboratories - Københavns Universitet / Mikkelsen Arkitekter

02:00 - 16 December, 2017
Damesalen Laboratories - Københavns Universitet / Mikkelsen Arkitekter, © Søren Aagaard / Mikkelsen Arkitekter
© Søren Aagaard / Mikkelsen Arkitekter

© Søren Aagaard / Mikkelsen Arkitekter    © Søren Aagaard / Mikkelsen Arkitekter    © Søren Aagaard / Mikkelsen Arkitekter    © Søren Aagaard / Mikkelsen Arkitekter    + 27

Park ‘n’ Play / JAJA Architects

03:00 - 7 December, 2017
Park ‘n’ Play / JAJA Architects, Courtesy of JAJA Architects
Courtesy of JAJA Architects

© Rasmus Hjortshøj Courtesy of JAJA Architects © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj + 47

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nordhavnen, 2150 Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Lead Architects

    Kathrin Susanna Gimmel, Jan Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Jakob Steen Christensen, Sam de Boever
  • Area

    2400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Royal Arena / 3XN + HKS

05:00 - 21 November, 2017
Royal Arena / 3XN + HKS, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk + 42

  • Architects

    3XN, HKS
  • Location

    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Area

    37000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Call for Submissions: 2018 Copenhagen Architecture Festival

14:00 - 20 October, 2017
Call for Submissions: 2018 Copenhagen Architecture Festival, WE ARE OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
WE ARE OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Submit your works for the festival!

These Are Jan Gehl's Methods For Building Good Cities

08:00 - 6 October, 2017

We now know that first, we form the cities, but then the cities form us.

Meet 81-year-old Danish architect Jan Gehl who, for more than fifty years, has focused on improving the quality of urban life by helping people to “re-conquer the city.” Gehl has studied the relationship between life and form since the mid-1960s, when he started questioning the modernist approach of looking at the architectural model from above instead of from the inside. The architecture of that time was very often "an obsession with architecture for architecture’s sake," and took very little interest in the inhabitants.

All-In-One Structure Solves Flooding, Parking and the Lack of Green Space in Cities

08:00 - 25 September, 2017
All-In-One Structure Solves Flooding, Parking and the Lack of Green Space in Cities, Courtesy of THIRD NATURE
Courtesy of THIRD NATURE

As Earth’s population continues to grow, so does car traffic and issues related to climate change. It has been estimated about 30% of urban roadway congestion are drivers searching for a place to park. Car culture puts the pressure on cities to build more parking garages, which usually win out over green parks. Meanwhile, climate change continues to challenge cities to handle a great deal of stormwater. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is proof of this - as of Monday, 13 named storms have formed in the Atlantic ocean, costing 210 lives and counting. 

THIRD NATURE, a Danish architecture firm, designed a solution for the modern-day urban issues of flooding, parking and lacking green spaces with their project, POP-UP. A stacked green space, car park, and water reservoir, from top to bottom respectively, POP-UP uses Archimedes’ principle to store water and create floating space to store cars.

Courtesy of THIRD NATURE Courtesy of THIRD NATURE Courtesy of THIRD NATURE Courtesy of THIRD NATURE + 14

3XN Wins Competition for Copenhagen Children's Hospital with 'Playfully Logical' Design

12:30 - 1 September, 2017
Atrium. Image Courtesy of 3XN
Atrium. Image Courtesy of 3XN

Danish practice 3XN’s ‘Playfully Logical’ proposal has been selected as the winner of a competition to design the new National Children’s Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, emphasizing the power of play as an integral part of medical treatment.

Working with Architema Architects, Niras, Rosan Bosch Studio and Kirstine Jensens Tegnestue, 3XN’s scheme for BørneRiget takes the form of two hands grasping together to support the various aspects of pediatric care. The hospital has been designed to allow children to stay close to their families while maintaining as much of a regular day-to-day routine as possible.

Exterior view. Image Courtesy of 3XN Aerial view. Image Courtesy of 3XN Outdoor playspace. Image Courtesy of 3XN View from entrance . Image Courtesy of 3XN + 10

Open Call: Infinity Box Design a Recreational space

19:30 - 26 August, 2017
Open Call: Infinity Box Design a Recreational space, Infinity Box
Infinity Box

The Danish Capital Copenhagen is World renowned for being the most happiest and livable city in the world. If you ask the locals regarding the reward they all will sum-up to one thing and that’s the hygge which generally means coziness, but encompasses far more. The city is well crafted with bike friendly streets, hued town houses and craft studios, Freetown Christiania aligned with Copenhagen is attracted by the concept of collective business, workshops and communal living.

Cubic Houses / ADEPT

03:00 - 15 August, 2017
Cubic Houses / ADEPT, © Rasmus Hjortshøj
© Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Area

    125000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

BIG's Cactus Towers in Copenhagen Will Stand Next to an Urban IKEA

12:00 - 7 August, 2017
BIG's Cactus Towers in Copenhagen Will Stand Next to an Urban IKEA, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

A new project in central Copenhagen will see two Danish practices—Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Dorte Mandrup Architects—create a new urban IKEA store, a budget hotel, and housing linked together by green space. Set to open in 2019, the area—which sits adjacent to Kalvebod Brygge, close to the railway lines that pass through the city core—will be master-planned by Dorte Mandrup while two striking high-rise residential towers, dubbed "Cacti", will be designed by BIG.

Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Architects Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Architects Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Architects Courtesy of BIG + 7

The Krane / Arcgency

05:00 - 2 August, 2017
The Krane / Arcgency, © Rasmus Hjortshøj
© Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj + 60

  • Architects

  • Location

    Skudehavnsvej 1, 2150 Nordhavn,Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Area

    285.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The One Big Problem That Advocates of Copenhagen-Style Urbanism Often Overlook

09:30 - 12 July, 2017
© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/diversey/15325678721/'>Flickr user diversey</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user diversey licensed under CC BY 2.0

This article was originally published on Common Edge as "What We Can (and Can’t) Learn from Copenhagen."

I spent four glorious days in Copenhagen recently and left with an acute case of urban envy. (I kept thinking: It’s like... an American Portland—except better.) Why can’t we do cities like this in the US? That’s the question an urban nerd like me asks while strolling the famously pedestrian-friendly streets, as hordes of impossibly blond and fit Danes bicycle briskly past.

Copenhagen is one of the most civilized cities on the planet. The world’s “most livable,” it’s often called, with some justification. (Although a Danish relative did caution me, “Spend a few weeks here in January before you make that pronouncement.”) But the seemingly effortless civility, Copenhagen’s amazing level of grace, is not an accident of place or happenstance. It’s the product of a shared belief that transcends urban design, even though the city is a veritable laboratory for pretty much all of the best practices in the field.

The Silo / COBE

11:00 - 29 June, 2017
The Silo / COBE, © Rasmus Hjortshøj
© Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Area

    10000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs