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Tirpitz bunker museum by BIG

Tirpitz bunker museum by BIG

Conveniently in time for my (brief) summer break out of Copenhagen, a new museum by BIG was recently opened. The Tirpitz Bunker Museum. So of course I went there to see the new member of the BIG family.

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Wadden Sea Centre by Dorte Mandrup

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.

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Locals and tourists sharing Copenhagen

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.

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Urban Rigger student housing by BIG

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.

Urban Rigger by BIGThe 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.


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Arken Museum of Modern Art

Arken Museum of Modern Art

Arken Museum of Modern ArtArken (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.

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Arne Jacobsens House I | 1929

Arne Jacobsen’s private house

Arne Jacobsens HouseA 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.

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Copenhagen Architecture – an overview

Copenhagen Architecture

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.

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The Harbour Bath at Islands Brygge

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.

Tietgen Student Housing

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.

Gemini Residence at Islands Brygge

Gemini Residence is a conversion of silos from a former industrial factory. The two cylindrical concrete silos are in a clever manner rebuild by hanging apartments on the outside of the structure. The inner space is left as the most spectacular staircase in Copenhagen, with an inflated transparent membrane.

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