Danish architecture

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NewsNews • 7 May 2024

Klaksvik Rowing Clubhouse by Henning Larsen celebrates Faroese sporting and cultural heritage

Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen features in Archello’s 25 best architecture firms in Denmark. This article highlights a recently completed Danish project undertaken by the two studios. Situated alongside a picturesque fjord in Klaksvik, the second largest town in the Faroe Islands, Klaksvik Rowing Clubhouse by Henning Larsen is a modern facility with cutting-edge amenities that aims to celebrate Faroese sporting and cultural heritage. The design features a distinctive sloping green roof that mimics the shape of a boat, blending the building with its maritime surroundings.  Nic Lehoux Rowing, the national sport of the Faroe Islands, is a significant part of the Faroese culture, with athletes dedicating consider... More

NewsNews • 5 May 2024

C.F. Møller Architects and EFFEKT design new maritime academy based on a modular construction grid

Danish architectural firms C.F. Møller Architects and EFFEKT feature in Archello’s 25 best architecture firms in Denmark. This article highlights a recently completed Danish project undertaken by the two studios.   The new SIMAC Rasmus Hjortshøj C.F. Møller Architects and EFFEKT have completed a new maritime academy in Svendborg, Denmark, with a design based on a modular construction grid. Originally spread across several locations, Svendborg International Maritime Academy (SIMAC), Denmark’s largest maritime education institute, has a new home on Svendborg’s harbor front. The building’s utilitarian form consists of a transparent concrete framework that aligns with the harbor&rsqu... More

NewsNews • 30 Apr 2024

25 best architecture firms in Denmark

Danish architecture is defined by three terms – innovative, people-centric, and vibrant. Tracing its roots back to the military encampment of the Vikings in AD800 and progressing through the phases of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles, to Nordic functionalism and modernism, Danish architecture has upheld its legacy and emerged as a paragon in the contemporary world. In the post-war era, when modernism thrived, Danish architects Arne Jacobsen and Jørn Utzon made international waves. Especially today, Denmark's efforts towards urban renewal and public planning, fostering community-building have positioned it as a pivotal influence. A quintessential part of Danish architectural ethos is the concept of "hygge," a... More

NewsNews • 27 Nov 2023

AART’s new mixed-use Nicolinehus development contributes to urban life in Aarhus

Nicolinehus is a prodigious mixed-use development designed by Scandinavian architectural studio AART in collaboration with the Danish developer Bricks. Located in Aarhus, Denmark, between the city’s marina and Havnebadet (Harbor Bath), Nicolinehus offers a mix of urban, commercial, and residential accommodation and facilities. It is the last building project in the first phase of “Aarhus Ø” (a new city neighborhood). Niels Nygaard Niels Nygaard Plans for Aarhus Ø date back to 1997 when the City Council adopted a new master plan that would expand the Port of Aarhus. The plan’s aim was to transform the then unused container port into a completely new district, linking the city and port... More

Project • By Vilhelm Lauritzen ArchitectsConcert Halls

The Radio House

The Radio House on Rosenørns Allé is one of Vilhelm Lauritzen's most famous and esteemed architectural works – internationally as well. Since the elegant building with its distinctive fan-shaped concert hall was completed in 1945, it has provided the setting for life and music, and continues to do so to this day. For music lovers, students and staff of the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Rasmus Hjortshøj Rasmus Hjortshøj The materials used in the Radio House are exclusive both inside and out. The facades are made of Greenlandic marble, and the furniture and furnishings are designed in materials like dark mahogany. The ceiling in the foyer is divided into sections of oxhide, stretched directly over... More

Project • By Vilhelm Lauritzen ArchitectsEmbassies

The Embassy of Denmark in Washington D.C.

On the edge of Washington's embassy quarter at 3200 Whitehaven Street is the Embassy of Denmark in the USA – a modernist building that borders the scenic Dumbarton Oaks Park to the south and west.  The land was bought in 1952 by the then ambassador, Henrik Kauffmann, and it is located in one of Washington's highest and best located areas. He made the land available for a new embassy to be built. The former embassy no longer met the current needs – it was not flexible enough in its layout. A new, modern building would be able to meet requirements for both safety and efficiency and require less maintenance. In addition, it was possible to establish an ambassador's residence in an adjacent building. Robert C. Lautman Vi... More

Project • By Vilhelm Lauritzen ArchitectsHousing

The Marble CIty

The Marbel City is located on Marbel Pier in Copenhagen Harbour. The properties are located on two islands surrounded by canals and harbour areas. They form a spatial hierarchy expressed in wings with towers. Rasmus Hjortshøj The complex is laid out in relation to central urban spaces, daylight, and views of the harbour environment. The 259 homes are positioned so that they all benefit from the views of the harbour area and the canals. Attractive brick and timber surfaces form the framework for the development while creating gentle transitions between the terraces and the quay. There is a hierarchy of private, semi-private and communal leisure zones. Rasmus Hjortshøj Large balconies make it possible to spend time o... More

Project • By Vilhelm Lauritzen ArchitectsHousing

The Regiment Park

Inspired by the architecture of English villages and townhouses, the Regiment Park is 34 terraced houses in a village-like structure with small façade jumps, diverse spatial qualities and a high quality materiality. Rasmus Hjortshøj The homes at Farum’s old barracks plot are located in a dense structure with the qualities of English terraced houses. Despite being individual homes, the houses are small units of a homogeneous areal whole. They have small facade jumps, a diversity of spatial qualities, and contact with a beautiful green park. A look down the narrow access road that spreads out into various distribution paths reveals a diversity of facade compositions with screened courtyards. Rasmus Hjortshø... More

Project • By Vilhelm Lauritzen ArchitectsConcert Halls

VEGA - The People's House

In the beginning of the fifties, Vilhelm Lauritzen draw and designed the People’s House for the Employee’s Association. The construction of the house began in 1953 and completed in 1956. Rasmus Hjortshøj The house contains a big and a small hall with facilities for both theater performances and movie display as well as banqueting room and kitchen. On the outside the house is decorated with a three floor tall façade (RELIEF) by the artist Dan Sterup-Hansen. Rasmus Hjortshøj Rasmus Hjortshøj Vilhelm Lauritzen’s Nordic architecture together with the great art piece on the façade makes the building a landmark for the neighborhood around Enghavevej in Copenhagen. Rasmus Hjo... More

Project • By Vilhelm Lauritzen ArchitectsStudent Housing

Forest College Student Housing

On the outer forest perimeter in a glade near Esrum Lake in Denmark is the black-timbered student housing wing of the Forest and Landscape college. Designed to blend into nature and match yet respectfully renew the existing mellow and discrete college architecture of Gerdt Bornebusch. Rasmus Hjortshøj Rasmus Hjortshøj North of Copenhagen lies Gribskov, Denmark’s fourth largest forest area, and much of it is a protected national park. Here, lies the Forest and Landscape College, founded in 1948 to equip the forest workers with new skills. Today, the school is part of the University of Copenhagen and educates nature guides and forest and landscape engineers. Rasmus Hjortshøj Rasmus Hjortshø... More

Project • By Vilhelm Lauritzen ArchitectsOffices

Tuborg Brewery

Built in 1903, the Tuborg Harbour Brewery and held a beer brewing function up until 1996. Today, it is a transformed and expanded into an office building still anchored in the strong industrial heritage, but with a clear contemporary extension. Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects Famous Danish architect Henri Glæsel designed the Brewery in Tuborg Harbour in 1903. It was built in two stages, thus regularly modernised with reconstructions and extensions since 1926. The year 1996 was the last time beer was brewed in the old copper cauldrons as Carlsberg Ejendomme sold the Brewery in 2005 with the intent to transform the heritage building for office purposes. Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects The end goal of the Brewery refurbishment was... More

Project • By Vilhelm Lauritzen ArchitectsAirports

Terminal 3 Expansion - Copenhagen Airport

To meet future demand, Copenhagen Airport has embarked on an expansion of Terminal 3 that dwarfs previous expansions and consolidates it as one of the best in the world. The new 80,000-m2 expansion will extend the existing one-roof terminal that draws in light, nature and the city, and put everything within reach. Architecturally, the expansion unites the existing qualities with simple solutions that ensure that it is equally spectacular, simple and calm.  Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects The buildings of Copenhagen Airport combine flexibility, function and aesthetics from different periods. Each terminal has its own qualities and together they form a large urban building complex that reflects an ambitious vision of maintaining every... More

Project • By Vilhelm Lauritzen ArchitectsAirports

Terminal 3 - Copenhagen Airport

Concurrent with plans to link Denmark and Sweden, the passenger numbers of Copenhagen Airport grew rapidly in the mid 1990s. This led to a need for a significant expansion in the form of a new Terminal 3, which included a new arrivals and departure area, a transit hall expansion with a shopping area, and new administrative offices. The building’s sculptural, triangular wing shape is inspired by the classic delta wing and has led to the nickname ‘The Paper Plane’.The triangular form promotes good passenger flow, and the geometry reflects the different passenger categories. The triangle is a classic inside-out design approach based on a passenger flowchart. Its widest part contains the arrivals area, which all passengers fly... More

Project • By Vilhelm Lauritzen ArchitectsLaboratories

Chr. Hansen Innovation Campus

Close interaction with nature, generous daylight and an intuitive functionality are central elements of Chr. Hansen’s new 15,000 m2 Innovation Campus with PensionDanmark as an investor. Rasmus Hjortshøj Rasmus Hjortshøj The proposal extends the existing Hørsholm headquarters and will accommodate up to 250 new researchers. The new campus include a new main building, laboratories, meeting center and application center creating a future-proof center for innovation, knowledge sharing and customer support. Rasmus Hjortshøj Rasmus Hjortshøj Today, the headquarters are solitary buildings scattered on the grounds. This project will merge the existing ones into a cohesive campus with an... More

Project • By Vilhelm Lauritzen ArchitectsAirports

Terminal 2 - Copenhagen Airport

With the jet engine in the 1950s, the aviation exploded and the number of passengers increased tenfold in just a few years. The Vilhelm Lauritzen Terminal was already too small just a few years after it opened and the airport needed another terminal. Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects After successfully working on the first terminal, Vilhelm Lauritzen was once again chosen to draw the new international terminal, which is still in use today as Terminal 2. This time, the ambition was a high level of flexibility, enabling the building to accommodate future extensions concurrently with the growth of the air traffic. The new terminal was inaugurated in 1960 and with a number of architectural features, it has become a recognized iconic building... More