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.
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.
What’s all that fuss about bicyclism and bikes in Copenhagen?
These years when Copenhagen has mentions in international media – which is very often considering it’s size – bikes are almost always mentioned, as if the bikes in Copenhagen was some kind of new revelation. Bikes has existed for well over a century in its present concept, but – in fact it IS a revelation, even so if delayed. From the perspective of urban planning, personal transportation by bike offers a variety of benefits that has never really been seriously considered before the turn of this century.
In this post I’ll give my comment and explanation on one of the special features of Copenhagen that is one of my personal favorites, if not actually my favorite favorite.
The Copenhagen street lamp reloaded
I suppose it’s more or less mandatory for someone like me, promoting Copenhagen every day, to surround yourself with things of local history or other relevance, the Copenhagen street lamp is a notable example.
It was only a question of time before I would get myself a few of the Copenhagen street lamps, a classic design of the 1970s that is replaced these years with new lamps. The old ones are taken down and sold on an online auction at Lauritz.com, initially estimated to DKK 1500,- for one.
Learning from Marseille
– a romantic ode to the unplanned
(- much delayed)
Before my 10 day break from my architectural guiding this summer, I knew very little about Marseille. The few famous movies that others referred me to (The French Connection as the more famous, I guess), hadn’t really appeared to me as Marseille related movies when I watched it maybe 20 years ago. A vague notion on a big, ancient Mediterranean harbor and industrial city was as far as my trivia reached.