Wadden Sea Centre by Dorte Mandrup – mostly a photo post
Far from Copenhagen (I know), Copenhagen based (there you have it) architect, Dorte Mandrup, recently finished a visitor centre of the Wadden Sea. The Wadden Sea is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The buildings bears resemblance to the local building tradition and shows a profound sensitivity to the unique landscape, building typology, materials and light.
Locals and tourists in Copenhagen
It’s a cliché, but all architects love maps! They have an ability to reveal truths and lead to deeper understandings of physical places that can be endlessly fascinating. Another cliché is that everyone loves having our prejudices confirmed. This one is both and funny too.
This brilliant map shows pictures taken by locals with blue dots, tourist with red dots and yellow dots could be both.
Urban Rigger by BIG architects
Everyone in Copenhagen has an easy opportunity right now to take a look at one of the new projects by the world’s darling architect no. 1, Bjarke Ingels / BIG architects.
The project consist of six reused shipping containers refurbished to provide housing for students.
The rigger features a central outdoor space and roof terrace – and jumping in the clean water of the Copenhagen Harbour directly from the living space.
It’s located right now at Havnegade in central harbour.
Arken Museum of Modern Art
Arken (Danish for ‘the Ark’) is arguably the only Danish example of socalled deconstructivist architecture. Surprisingly a young student of architecture, Søren Robert Lund, won the competition of this new museum southwest of Copenhagen in 1988.
Arne Jacobsen’s private house
A very early work by the one person who more than anyone else incarnates Danish, modern architecture AND design: Arne Jacobsen.
Born in 1902 he was still a young man when he finished this modern style home for his own family in 1929.
10 secret spots in Copenhagen
– just because 38 would seem exaggerated
I stumbled upon this question on Quora.com: What are some of Copenhagen’s best kept secrets?
Great question, so I sat down and started answering and just couldn’t stop.
The result is this never ending list and map as an answer and a resource for anyone to use. The list and very short descriptions are personal but don’t have an architectural focus. However I think this kind of unknown, peculiar places make up a part of the mentality of a city anyway.
Beautiful or horrible, but unexpected.
Copenhagen is world famous for its architecture! We have an exceptional reputation that first and foremost has its roots in the ‘classic’ modern era between 1930 and 1970. Not least 1950s Danish furniture design is still today celebrated world wide for its aesthetics and craftsmanship.
The Harbour Bath examplifies what I consider the most successful urban development in Copenhagen ever. Kalvebod Brygge (opposite side) and Islands Brygge was one of the most industrialized areas in Copenhagen. Now it has turned into one of the most attractive public spaces in town. A truly radical turnaround!
Equally the old, worn out working class neighborhood has gone through a renovation and improvement, subsidized by the city, leading to a strong gentrification. Prices has sky rocketed and the residents is replaced by a younger and better off population.
The tale of the Inner Harbour Bridge is a lot longer than the bridge itself. And it is not the most favorable tale from Danish building industry. After about 3½ years of delay it was completed in 2016. But then it was a great success straight away counting as many as 15.000 bicyclists a day!
Tietgen Student Housing was developed by Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter as an example of student housing of the future, and the experiment was fundet by Nordea-fonden, a big bank foundation.