AART architects competes for the future Bispebjerg Hospital

18.12.2014 / In collaboration with COWI, Nordic, CCO and Mariane Levinsen Landskab, we have won the first phase of the competition for the new emergency department of the modernised Bispebjerg Hospital in the Capital Region of Denmark.
 
“The task is challenging in many ways. We have taken special note of the proposals, which most closely accommodate the difficult balance between a modern hospital with the very finest functionality and a listed hospital with a 100-year history,” says the Chairman of the jury, Lars Gaardhoj, member of the regional council.
 
Seven consultant teams entered the first phase of the competition. Three teams were chosen as winners and in the second phase we are competing with C.F Møller and the KHR/KWR consortium. The final winning proposal will be announced in late summer 2015.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

17.12.2014 / We wish our clients, colleagues and business partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We would like to thank for an eventful year with exciting projects throughout Scandinavia. We will be closed for Christmas from December 20 to January 4 and we look forward to continuing the good collaboration in the new year.

Scandic Aarhus City is shortlisted for international award

07.12.2014 / Scandic Aarhus City is in the running for the International Hotel & Property Award 2015 in the category "Best European hotel over 200 rooms". The award is presented by the British Design Society and design magazine Design et al.

The International Hotel & Property Award 2015 will be awarded in June. The venue of the awards ceremony has not yet been revealed. Last year’s awards ceremony took place at the exclusive Hotel Capriani in Venice, and more than 400 architects and designers from around the world took part.
 
Read more about Scandic Aarhus City

AART architects open office in Oslo

24.11.2014 / Having been involved with Norway for several years, we are now opening an office in Oslo. Our new office will strengthen our Norwegian footing and give customer relations top priority. As associate partner, Thomas Pedersen will be in charge of our new office.
  
Thomas Pedersen has many years’ experience in major construction projects throughout the Nordic region. As head of our Norwegian activities, he will focus on more strategic initiatives, including enhanced customer focus.
 
“We make a virtue out of listening to our clients and customising our advice to accommodate their needs. So the work of our new Oslo office will be based on a clear strategy of giving customer relations top priority. Close, constructive discussion is the key to a successful building project. The new office will enable us to get even closer to clients and business partners in our day-to-day work,” says Thomas Pedersen.
 
Since 2010 we have had an office in Sarpsborg. That means we already have strong roots in Norway. But, in order to reinforce our collaboration with contractors and business partners, we have decided to move our Norwegian office to Oslo.

New association will promote sustainable construction

13.11.2014 / We are co-founders of the Danish Active House Association. The goal of the association is to establish a new classification that will contribute to more market-driven developments in terms of promoting comfort, good environmental design and energy saving solutions in the building industry.
 
The Danish Active House Association is a national association that has arisen from the international Active House Alliance, with a target to promote implementation of the principles behind the Active House concept in the Danish building industry. The main focus will be on small and medium-sized buildings.
 
The seven co-founders of the Danish Active House Association are AART architects, Saint-Gobain Nordic, Cenergia, Esbensen Consulting Engineers, Velux Denmark, Kuben Management and the Danish Technological Institute.
 

AART architects become a bronze partner in AGF

11.11.2014 / As part of our partnership, we will contribute to the future development of the Danish football club AGF, as we will have a significant role in the design and establishment of the upcoming training facilities in Fredensvang in Aarhus.
 
"We are pleased that one of Aarhus’ leading architectural firms has become part of our business network. We are in the process of rebuilding a new and stronger AGF. In relation to the new training facilities, which we have on the drawing board, we could not imagine a better business and discussion partner than AART architects," hightlights Jørn Klinge, commercial director of AGF Football.

AART architects named as a gazelle company

31.10.2014 / For the fifth year, we have been named as a gazelle company by the Danish financial newspaper Børsen. With more than a sixfold increase of our gross profit since our first gazelle title, we are among this year’s “super gazelles”, which are the top 3.5 percent of the Danish gazelle companies.
 
Furthermore, we are the only Danish architecture practice and among the 2 percent of this year’s gazelle companies that have been named as a gazelle for the fifth time or more. We are proud to deliver such stable and sustained growth.
Because we are especially committed to developing, not only a high level of professional expertise, but also a high degree of solidity and reliability. We not only wish to inspire, but also provide financial security for our clients and business partners.
 
Therefore, we make a virtue of having a solid financial foundation. Every construction project is a complex and long-standing process entailing a high degree of financial responsibility. Financial security is thus a keyword in our consultancy.

Østfold Hospital is this year’s best BIM project

29.10.2014 / Østfold Hospital has been elected as this year’s best open BIM project by Building Smart International. An international jury chose the hospital having evaluated various projects from around the world to see which had made the greatest efforts to promote the use of open BIM.
 
This is a professional recognition for the extensive work that we, together with our business partners, have put into the project. This applies especially to our focus on promoting and implementing the use of BIM on a large scale.
 
For instance, we have attached importance to implementing BIM at all scales and from the earliest phases of the project. Throughout the project, we have set high demands for the use of open BIM in order to enhance the quality and efficiency of our work processes.
 
In this way, we have accumulated vast experience that we can bring to play in future projects. The developer behind the new Østfold Hospital is Helse Sør-Øst and our business partners are Cowi, Arkitema and Eliassen & Lambertz-Nilssen Architects.
 
 
Read more about Østfold Hospital

AART architects receive German design award

27.10.2014 / The new education centre for VUC Syd in Haderslev, Denmark, is among the winners of the German Design Award 2015, awarded by the German Design Council. With the award, the German Design Council honours projects and products that uniquely contribute to the international architecture and design landscape.
 
”The aim of the German Design Award is to identify, present and honour unique design trends, a competition that advances the design scene. These premium international prizes will go to top quality projects and products, all of which are pioneering in the German and international design landscape,” the German Design Council highlights.
The education centre has received the jury’s “special mention” in the ”architecture and urban space” category. However, the German Design Award is not just in the hands of a highly acknowledged jury of experts. It also includes the Public's Choice Award, where design and architecture enthusiasts from around the world have the opportunity to vote for their favourite project. And at the award ceremony, which will be in Frankfurt in February 2015, it will be announced whether the education centre has also received this Public's Choice Award 2015.
 
Read more about the education centre

Danish conference on architecture and welfare

23.10.2014 / We are among the keynote speakers at the MAA Conference 2014, which focuses on the greatest Danish welfare initiative of our time, the so-called super hospitals. The conference features speeches by the Danish Minister of Culture, Marianne Jelved, and some of Denmark’s leading architectural firms.
 
The Danish journalist Clement Kjærsgaard will moderate the conference, where you can meet, among others, Anders Tyrrestrup, partner in AART architects, and Lone Wiggers, partner in C.F. Møller. In addition, you can meet a brain researcher and a Ph.D. graduate specialising in body, space and culture, who will shed new light on how we experience architecture.
 
The conference will take place on November 7 in Aarhus and is aimed at all those with an interest in architecture, planning and the role of design in relation to welfare and health.
 
Read more about the MAA Conference 2014

AART architects revitalise Esbjerg Museum

20.10.2014 / During the past six months, we have collaborated with Expology, Ramboll and Sydvestjyske Museer with the aim of revitalising Esbjerg Museum and rethinking its profile and content. Last week, we presented our concept project for the future museum at a public information meeting in Esbjerg, Denmark.
 
With this concept project, we inject new life into the museum by rediscovering Esbjerg's unique history as a pioneer town. The future museum will therefore be named "Pioneer Museum Esbjerg” and will include historical and cultural themes from the modern city, with the themes: the pioneer town of Esbjerg, Esbjerg Future Lab, Esbjerg before Esbjerg and the period of the WWII occupation.
 
Read more Pioneer Museum Esbjerg

Nature centre receives architecture award

05.10.2014 / Hindsgavl Nature Centre has received Middelfart Municipality's Architecture Award 2014. The nature centre has received the award for creating an architecturally inspiring focal point for outdoor recreation in the Hindsgavl Deer Park.
 
The award is the second won by Hindsgavl Nature Centre. In March, the nature centre was also among the winners of The Energy Efficiency Best of 2013 Awards, which were held in Dublin and honoured energy-efficient architecture projects of international excellence.
 
Read more about Hindsgavl Nature Centre

Winning proposal for new cultural centre

24.09.2014 / Together with Tækker Consulting Engineers and Labland Architects we have won the competition for a new cultural centre including a library, local archive, community centre and sports facilities in Kolind, Denmark. The objective is to create a locally rooted cultural hub.
 
"The task has some exciting potential. The objective is not only to bring various stakeholders together under the same roof, but also to enhance their interfaces. It is all about creating the right environment for synergy – a form of hybrid cultural arena that provides space for new experiences and new collaborations between the library, local archive, community centre and sports facilities," says Anders Tyrrestrup, partner in AART architects.

Winning proposal for Vestmyra Public School in Norway

18.09.2014 / Vestmyra Public School is the third competition for a school building project that we have won in just one year in Norway. We won the competition in collaboration with Nordic, Sweco, Norconsult and Hent. Our winning proposal consists of the renovation of an existing 9,350 m2 elementary school and the addition of a new middle school with corresponding administration offices, classrooms, special education facilities and gym.
‘The main concept divides the school into a series of areas, creating a more personal and small-scale environment. This reinforces the community spirit at each grade level and in the school as a whole. The design of the facade and choice of material support the main concept. The wings have been designed as small “houses”, and the wooden facades reflect the Norwegian architectural tradition,’ according to Fauske municipality, the developer behind the project.
 
Read more about Vestmyra Public School

The world’s most inspiring libraries

04.09.2014 / The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has compiled the ultimate library guide, '1001 libraries to see before you die'. We are proud that the Culture Yard in Elsinore has made it into the guide to the world’s most inspiring libraries.
 
The online initiative aims to bring together best practice examples of public library buildings and spaces from around the world. Thanks to its unique architecture, interior design and surroundings, the Culture Yard has been highlighted by IFLA as a best practice and must-visit library.
 
”The Culture Yard is a cultural centre brimming with life and activities. It’s a place packed with history – both in its status as a modern cultural house built on a traditional shipyard, and also, quite literally, inside its large, extensive library,” IFLA highlights in the guide.
 
IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.
 
Read the guide '1001 Libraries to see before you die'

Ambitious outdoor centre in Herlufmagle

01.09.2014 / We have designed for the KFUM-Scouts of Herlufmagle, Denmark, a cliff. At least by name, as the new outdoor centre has been named Nunatakken, which means cliff in Greenlandic. The name is inspired by the glacial period’s shaping of the landscape, and the 1,617 m2 outdoor centre has been designed as a landmark for nature and outdoor activities in Herlufmagle. The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities has just agreed to support the project with six million Danish kroner, as a result of which the funding is almost complete.
“The project is an extremely ambitious example of how a scout association and a municipality together with a number of other associations and self-organised users are able to think their needs together. Nunatakken is architecturally and functionally a unique outdoor construction, which will inspire the design of future outdoor construction projects across the country”, says Torben Frølich, CEO of the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities, in a press release.
 
Read more about Nunatakken

We add a little bit of spice to the Aarhus Festival

27.08.2014 / As a member of the Aarhus Festival business network, we add a little bit of spice to the festival again this year. Last year, we transformed the cultural centre Hermans into a glowing cave. This year, we are transforming Bispetorv into a stylised "mountain landscape".
 
The “mountain landscape” provides the setting for the “Der Liebe Bisp” venue and its design is based on a southern German theme. With its lighting and shading, the "mountain landscape" changes character during the day, evening and night. In this way, the venue creates an atmospheric backdrop for guests and is also in dialogue with the urban space.
 
The design is simple and based on materials and elements from a traditional construction site, to ensure sustainable reutilisation once the venue is demolished after the festival. The Aarhus Festival and "Der Liebe Bisp" venue can be experienced from August 29 to September 7.

The world's most accessible holiday resort

07.08.2014 / Musholm has broken ground for the world's most accessible centre for holidays, sports and conferences. In the new issue of Muskelkraft, published by the Danish Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, you can read about the prospects for the enlarged Musholm facility, which is due to be completed in June 2015.
 
In 2013 we won the competition for the extension of Musholm, located by the beautiful coastline of the Great Belt in Denmark. At the moment, Musholm mostly resembles a building site, but one year from now, the extension of the Danish Muscular Dystrophy Foundation's current holiday facility will be completed and ready for inauguration.
 
With a new multi-purpose hall, gym, restaurant, kitchen, 24 new holiday homes, community facilities and a new reception, the Danish Muscular Dystrophy Foundation will have realized the dream of building the world's most accessible centre for holidays, sports and conferences.
 
"Musholm is quite unique, and I am confident that we as a municipality can learn a great deal about the accessibility of Musholm and the lessons learned by the centre," says the Mayor of Slagelse, Sten Knuth, to Muskelkraft.
 
You can read more about Musholm in the new issue of Muskelkraft here

The first phase of the Waterfront has now been completed

02.07.2014 / On 1 July the first residents moved into the first phase of the new housing complex, which, appropriately enough, has been named “Vannkanten” (English: “The Waterfront”). This 19, 500-sqm housing complex is located at the very end of Stavanger’s waterfront, offering a 180-degree view over the sea and the mountains of Norway. A promenade with cafés and shops surrounds the 135 freehold flats and extends all the way into the town’s historic district.
 
The Waterfront has already attracted a great deal of attention in Norway. This is evident from the sale of apartments in the first two construction phases. In the first phase, in just a few days the flats were sold for the princely sum of NOK 100 million, while in the second phase no fewer than 15 apartments were sold in the space of just one hour.
“We are delighted to have created such marketable housing. By planning the Waterfront as a cohesive set of clean-cut, timber structures, we have created a distinctive housing project, which makes the very best use of the location. For example, all flats have light from both sides, so all residents have both town and water views,” says Torben Skovbjerg Larsen, CEO and partner in AART architects.
 
Read more about the Waterfront

Happy summer holidays

30.06.2014 / Our offices are closed for a summer holiday from July 7 to July 27. Before going on holiday, we would like to thank our clients and business partners for a spring filled with exciting projects throughout Scandinavia. We look forward to continuing the good cooperation after the summer holiday.

Education centre competes for German design award

20.06.2014 / The new education centre for VUC Syd in Haderslev, Denmark, is in the running to receive The German Design Award 2015, which honours projects that, above all, demonstrate pioneering contributions to the international design landscape.
 
The education centre has been shortlisted for the category "Architecture and Urban Space". As a shortlisted project, the education centre is also competing for the Public’s Choice Award, which is selected by design enthusiasts, while the German Design Award is selected by a highly esteemed jury of experts.
 
”The aim of the German Design Award is to identify, present and honour unique design trends. It’s a competition that advances the design scene,” the German Design Council highlights.
 
The winners of the German Design Award and the Public’s Choice Award will be announced in September.
 
Read more about the new education centre

Health centre is in the running for architecture award

11.06.2014 / In March, we won the competition for the new health centre for the Deaconess Foundation in Copenhagen, Denmark. Now the project is in the running for one of the world's most prestigious prizes in health architecture, WAN Healthcare Award 2014.
 
The health centre is among the projects longlisted in the "unbuilt" category, where the winning project will be announced on 22 July. Surrounded by the Deaconess Foundation’s historic brick buildings, the health centre stands out from the other selected projects, where the majority are large, greenfield projects.
 
Formed as an angle with balconies opening the health centre inwards toward a new atrium, the health centre is designed as the Deaconess Foundation’s new meeting place, which will, among other things, provide space for public events and exhibitions.
 
Read more about the new health centre

Sustainable headquarters ruled by the element of water

10.06.2014 / The headquarters of DANVA (the Danish Association for Water and Wastewater) have been nicknamed the House of Water (Vandhuset). This is no coincidence. Architecturally, the building expresses that it is a knowledge centre focussed on water.
 
The headquarters are located in Skanderborg, Denmark, and the building has received several prestigious awards for its sustainable architecture. The building is covered with perforated aluminium plates that form abstract patterns when viewed from up close, but from a distance give a sense of surging waters. In addition, the building integrates local drainage of rainwater as an impressive element.
 
See the new pictures of the award-winning headquarters

The hospital of the future is now being built in Viborg

03.06.2014 / The other day, Bent Hansen, Chairman of the Regional Council, cut the sod for the hospital of the future in Viborg, Denmark, thus marking the start of digging for the new acute care centre. The event marked the start of a major renovation of the existing hospital.
 
“Viborg has not witnessed such a major construction project,” said Bent Hansen, as he started digging for the 24,000-sqm acute care centre, which, together with the refurbishment of the existing hospital, will cover about 60,000-sqm. Completion of the acute care centre is scheduled for 2017, while the refurbishment will take two years longer.
 
The acute care centre, which will cost DKK 590 million, is the biggest sub-project in the comprehensive quality foundation construction project at the hospital, which has a budget of DKK 1.15 billion. When the acute care centre is completed, it will house a new emergency department with emergency space and room for doctors from emergency services, operating theatres, wards and private wards, outpatient clinics and a new main entrance.
 
Projektgruppen Viborg, who is the lead coordinating contractor for the sub-project, consists of AART architects, Sweco Architects, Midtconsult and WSP. In addition to the acute care centre and redevelopment, the total project also includes a new Institute of Pathology, a new parking facility, and an expansion and renovation of the West Danish Centre for Spinal Cord Injury.
 
Read more about the new acute care centre

Patients contribute to the construction process

27.05.2014 / How do you resume life after a brain injury, which prevented even your most basic daily functions? We are seeking to answer this question by involving patients in the development of the new neurorehabilitation centre at Glostrup Hospital.
 
To draw inspiration from people, who have the greatest knowledge of being a patient and have experienced a rehabilitation programme on their own bodies, on Monday 26 May we held a meeting with a number of patient associations in the House of Disabled People’s Organisations in Copenhagen. The goal was to involve patients all the way in the creative process of developing the new neurorehabilitation centre.
 
Read more about the new neurorehabilitation centre

AART architects participates in Schulbau 2014

12.05.2014 / We were invited to participate in the German trade fair for school construction, Schulbau 2014, taking place May 13-14 in Hamburg. At the trade fair, we presented one of our latest completed projects, the new education centre for VUC Syd.
 
Schulbau attracted more than 2,500 visitors this year. The 2014 fair turned to Denmark for inspiration for future school construction, and at the show we promoted Denmark together with eight other Danish architect companies. The Danish stand was organised by the Danish Association of Architectural Firms in collaboration with the German export council.

The Confederation of Danish Industry

07.05.2014 / Anders Strange, partner in AART architects, was elected to join the board of the regional association DI-Østjylland on Tuesday, May 6th. He is hereby the first architect who has been elected as representative in the Confederation of Danish Industry.
 
In March, the Danish Association of Architectural Firms became part of the Confederation of Danish Industry. The goal for the Danish Association of Architectural Firms is to obtain greater influence on national and local business conditions. This will be achieved e.g. by getting architects elected for or appointed to Danish Industry’s various committees and boards. And now, as the first architect, Anders Strange has been elected as representative in the Confederation of Danish Industry.

International conference on wood architecture

02.05.2014 / We are among the keynote speakers at the conference "Knock on Wood", which will open this year's Belgrade International Architecture Week, featuring lectures by architects behind some of the most distinguished Nordic wood constructions - including the 19,000 m2 residential complex the Waterfront in Stavanger.
 
At the conference, Jesper Hallstrøm Eriksen, head of communications at AART architects, will talk about the Waterfront and the opportunities and challenges we as architects have met  underway during construction - from winning the international architectural competition in 2006 to today, where the building stands furthest out on the waterfront in Stavanger.
 
In addition to lectures, "Knock on Wood" will feature workshops and exhibitions focusing on innovative and sustainable wood architecture. Wood as a building material has almost disappeared in Serbia, and the conference aims to spark discussion about wood as a building material and its architectural and sustainable qualities.
 
A custom-built wooden pavilion will provide the framework for the conference, which will take place on Friday May 9th at the Faculty of Architecture at Belgrade University and marks the opening of the 9th Belgrade International Architecture Week.

780 students inaugurate new science building

09.04.2014 / 780 students attended the inauguration of the new science extension to Horsens State School, Denmark. The 1,300-sqm science building includes specialist classrooms and laboratories, and aims to strengthen the school’s scientific profile.
 
The science building has been designed on two floors in order to maximize the synergy between the scientific subjects and at the same minimize its footprint, creating the best possible space for the existing garden. The synergy between the subjects is supported by a double-height communal room and a central stairway, which open and link the building together internally.
 
The science building is a result of close cooperation between AART architects, Horsens State School and Raundahl & Moesby. Construction was started in the summer of 2013 and has (besides a short break in August when the contracting company Sjælsø Gruppen went bankrupt) proceeded according to plan.
 
Read more about the science building

Winning proposal for new health centre in Copenhagen

31.03.2014 / Together with Moe Consulting Engineers, we have won the competition for the Deaconess Foundation’s new health centre in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. In June 2013, the Deaconess Foundation announced the competition for the new health centre, which will include private practitioners, psychologists and other healthcare specialties, fitness facilities and a Living Lab for testing welfare technology.
 
Five teams were appointed to participate in the competition and, after the second phase, a unanimous jury selected the winning proposal. In the winning proposal, we have linked the health centre with the historic brick buildings around a new atrium courtyard, which will become the Deaconess Foundation’s new venue, including a café, meeting rooms and space for events and exhibitions.
In this way, the atrium courtyard has been designed as a public space that opens the health centre internally, while the health specialties are distributed in the existing brick buildings and along the northern and eastern facade of the health centre.
 
“AART architects' proposal realises our dreams and expectations of an inviting, vibrant and unifying house", Mogens Madsen, Chairman of the jury and President of the Deaconess Foundation’s board, highlights.
 
Surrounded by the historic brick buildings, the new health centre is located along Peter Bangs Vej in Frederiksberg. Towards the road, the ground floor is transparent, while the upper floors are covered in a light metallic screen with a pixelated, tree-like motif inspired by the Deaconess Foundation’s caring and humane values.
 
Read more about the new health centre

AART architects competes for psychiatric hospital

31.03.2014 / Together with SMAK architects and Nordic we have been appointed as one of the winning teams of the open ideas competition for the new psychiatric hospital at the New Hospital in West near Herning, Denmark. Three teams have been selected to go through to the final phase.
 
In this second and final phase, we are up against Steen Palsbøll Arkitekter and OP Arkitekter together with Moe and Arkitema. We look forward to negotiating with the Central Denmark Region and fine-tuning our competition proposal so it meets the region's visions and requirements for the 14,800 sqm psychiatric hospital.
 
The psychiatric hospital will be based on evidence-based design and it will include 80 adult psychiatric beds, 13 child and adolescent psychiatric beds as well as outpatient functions for adult, child and adolescent psychiatry. The winning proposal for the psychiatric hospital will be announced in October 2014.

Nature Centre receives energy efficiency award

24.03.2014 / The Hindsgavl Nature Centre was among the winners at the Energy Efficiency Best of Awards 2013 ceremony in Dublin. The award is made biannually by Saint-Gobain ISOVER and honours buildings that lead the way for the future of energy-efficient construction.
 
The Hindsgavl Nature Centre, which is located in the scenic landscape of Hindsgavl Deer Park, Denmark, received the award for the way in which it has implemented several energy-efficient solutions. These mean that the nature centre is one of the first such centres in Denmark to meet the energy requirements for the passive house standard (15 kWh/m2).
 
The energy demand has been significantly reduced by ensuring a high insulation capacity and shaping the nature centre in relation to local climate conditions. In addition, the building-integrated solar protection not only provides shadow and prevents overheating in the hot summer months, but also adds a distinctive architectural profile to the centre.
 
Read more about the Hindsgavl Nature Centre

New residential development on the edge of Stavanger

18.03.2014 / On the harbourfront of Stavanger a new residential development is taking shape. Located on perhaps the best location on the edge of the harbourfront, the 19,500-sqm development is quite tellingly titled the Waterfront.
  
The development includes 128 freehold flats, all with views of both the city and the sea. Many of the flats have private roof terraces, and all flats located in close relation with the sea and the promenade as well as the city and the courtyards.
The construction work is on schedule and the first residents will move into their flats in June 2014. Despite still being under construction, the Waterfront has already attracted great attention.
 
It manifested itself in the remarkable sales in the first construction phases. In the first construction phase the flats sold for impressive NOK 100 million in just a few days while 15 flats were sold in just one hour in the second construction phase.
 
Read more about the Waterfront

AART architects develops park lamp

18.03.2014 / In collaboration with Focus Lighting we have developed SKY, which is a new park lamp in a simple, clean design. The light source is LED, which is placed at the bottom of the fixture, providing a pleasant, indirect light that is reflected by the domed top plate.
 
The park lamp is titled SKY because of its towering form with a domed top plate. The light is reflected and comes from above - from the firmament. Focus Lighting expects to be able to deliver SKY at the end of 2014. However, Focus Lighting will present a first edition of the park lamp at the lighting fair “Light + Building” in Frankfurt from 30 March to 4 April 2014.

Winning proposal for new technical college in Norway

07.03.204 / In collaboration with Nordic, Hent, Sweco, Norconsult and Bjørbekk & Lindheim we have won the competition for the new Voss technical college. Six teams participated in the competition for the 12,000-sqm technical college located in scenic surroundings in Voss, Norway. The contract value for the project is around 350 million NOK.
 
The new Voss technical college will in­clude six vo­ca­tional pro­grams with about 380 stu­dents and 100 em­ploy­ees. In the win­ning proposal, the vo­ca­tional pro­grams are spread out in a com­po­si­tion of rec­tan­gu­lar build­ing vol­umes in an H-shape, stretch­ing from a com­mu­nal cen­tral space to­wards the sur­round­ing land­scape.
In ad­di­tion, the technical college will con­tain a mul­ti­func­tional hall, pro­vid­ing suit­able spaces for sports and cul­tural events. The technical college is thus de­signed as a hub for a mul­ti­tude of ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences.
 
“The pro­posal has a clear or­gan­i­sa­tion and a solid gen­eral con­cept. The technical college's var­i­ous rooms and fea­tures are ar­tic­u­lated in the fa­cade ex­pres­sion in a con­vinc­ing man­ner. The pro­posal also shows the com­pe­ti­tion's best qual­i­ties with re­spect to the con­tact be­tween in­side and out­side through the main school square, which has views of both court­yards in ad­di­tion to the can­teen near the lake", the jury highlights.
 
The jury is par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween in­door and out­door ar­eas. The ar­chi­tec­tural com­po­si­tion, large win­dows and sky­lights cre­ate a bright learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Day­light and views are highly val­ued and the cen­tral square along­side the mul­ti­func­tional hall pro­vides space for com­mu­nity and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences.

VUC Syd competes for The Architizer A+ Award

05.03.2014 / The new education centre for VUC Syd is in the running to receive The Architizer A+ Award. The education centre has been selected as a finalist for the category "Architecture +Learning", which honours this past year's most visionary educational projects around the world.
 
The Architizer A+ Awards are the definitive global architectural award program with 60+ categories and over 200 judges. As a finalist the new education centre for VUC Syd is competing for the two most sought-after awards: The Architizer A+ Jury Award and the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award. The latter is selected by architecture lovers around the world. Vote for your favourite project at: http://awards.architizer.com/public/voting/?cid=52
 
Read more about the new education centre for VUC Syd

Winning proposal for multi storey car park

03.03.2014 / In collaboration with CASA and Ramboll, we have won the competition for the new multi storey car park at Regionhospitalet Silkeborg, Denmark. The car park will have space for 330 cars and will be distinguished by its simple flow and open façade.
        
In the design we have focused on bringing daylight into the car park and providing a good overview for motorists, who will drive one way in, one way around and one way out. In this way, the car park provides a safe and manageable flow of motorists, which is supported by a good view of the surroundings and by the graphic way-finding concept. In addition, a footbridge creates safe and easy access to the hospital buildings.
 
The car park will be built with a floor below ground and two and a half storeys above ground. Construction work is scheduled to start in April this year and the car park will be completed in April next year.

AART architects rehtinks Esbjerg Museum

20.02.2014 / Together with Expology and Ramboll we have won the competition to revitalize Esbjerg Museum, so that the museum will appear as an icon of the city's history and culture. The vision is to revitalize the museum, making it a key player for both citizens and tourists.
  
Twenty teams applied to participate in the competition, of which three teams were selected to submit their proposal for the idea project for the future Esbjerg Museum. The idea project is part of the project "Destination Southwest Jutland: Collaborations for Success" and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Growth Forum in Southern Denmark.

Meet us at MIPIM 2014

18.02.2014 / We are a partner at the Copenhagen Malmö Region stand at MIPIM 2014. Again this year, we are looking forward to some exciting days in Cannes filled with meetings, receptions and networking events with colleagues and business partners.
 
As a partner, we have arranged a reception for the Nordic construction and real estate industry on Tuesday 11 March from 4.00 to 5.00 pm. The reception will be held at the Copenhagen Malmö Region stand in Palais des Festival and will feature dishes by the Swedish gourmet chef Tareq Taylor, who will be serving tapas and cocktails with roots in the new Nordic cuisine.
 
This year, six of us are participating at MIPIM. Thus, you will be able to meet Torben Skovbjerg Larsen (CEO and Partner), Anders Strange (Partner), Jesper Hallstrøm Eriksen (Head of Communications), Nanna Flintholm (Head of Concept Development), Rasmus Højkjær Larsen (Senior Project Manager) and Thomas Pedersen (Head of our Norwegian office).

On the drawing board

15.02.2014 / We have been pre-qualified for the competitions to expand the Ballerup Psychiatric Centre and the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. In addition, we have been pre-qualified for the competition for the New Hospital Bispebjerg.
 
In the competition for the New Hospital Bispebjerg, which includes a new acute care centre with a budget of € 215 million, we have been pre-qualified as sub-consultant with COWI Denmark as full-service consultant and COWI Norway, Nordic, CCO and Marianne Levinsen as sub-consultants.
 
In the competition for the Ballerup Psychiatric Centre, where the expansion includes a new ward building, we have been pre-qualified as full-service consultant with PK3 as landscape architect and SteensenVarming and Sloth Møller as engineers.
 
In the competition for the University of Southern Denmark, where the expansion includes an 8,000 m2 educational building, we have been pre-qualified as architect with Niras as engineer and Dansk BoligByg as turnkey contractor.

Østfold Hospital reaches another milestone

10.01.2014 / On 9 January, more than 500 architects, engineers and tradesmen attended the celebrations for a special stage in the hospital’s construction, which is now weather tight. In his speech, project manager Dag Bøhler thanked all those involved for their dedication and effort in the work.
 
The celebrations – the first event inside the hospital – took place in what will be the lobby. The 82,400-sqm hospital is scheduled to be inaugurated in 2016 when it will offer the Østfold region's 250,000 citizens specialised services in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.
 
Read more about Østfold Hospital

You might become our new team member

07.01.2014 / Are you a competent architect or construction manager who seeks new challenges and wants to be part of a dedicated team? Then you might become our new team member. Right now we are recruiting team members for our new project offices in Sweden.
 
We are looking for architects and construction managers for our project offices in Gothenburg and Örebro who have experience in developing detailed plans, drawings and specifications. The ideal candidate will have experience in the planning of healthcare buildings projects.
 
Co-operation is the key to a successful building project. Therefore it is essential that you are a dedicated team player who enjoys collaborating across various disciplines. In addition, we expect that you will be ambitious and will have mastered programmes such as AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Revit and Rhino.
 
As a new team member you will not only become part of a dedicated and multi-disciplinary team, you can also look forward to long-term employment with the opportunity to play a key role in the establishment of our new office in Sweden.
 
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If you have any questions regarding the positions, please feel free to contact CCO Jens Henrik Birkmose on telephone +45 41 72 80 82 or by e-mail jhb@aart.dk.
 
Application including relevant documents must be sent no later than January 15 to CCO Jens Henrik Birkmose by e-mail jhb@aart.dk.

Winning proposal for the New Hospital Glostrup

19.12.2013 / The team with AART architects and Nordic Office of Architecture in the lead have won the competition for the 25,000-m2 neurological rehabilitation centre at Glostrup Hospital in Copenhagen. The new centre marks Glostrup Hospital as one of the world's leading hospitals for specialized rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.
  
The Capital Region of Denmark has appointed the team consisting of AART architects, Nordic Office of Architecture, Marianne Levinsen Landscape, Buro Happold, Hospitalitet and Harde Larsen Consulting Engineers as winner of the competition for the new neurological rehabilitation centre with a construction cost of 714,000,000 Danish kroner.
The neurological rehabilitation centre stands out by creating a unique, healing environment for patients and staff. Located west of the existing hospital the centre takes advantage of the green park by which the two white building volumes rise on a scenic base. Internally, the functions are placed around a community centre in the centre building. At the same time, all functions have a close relation to the green park – either by overlooking the park or by having direct access to intimate gardens on and around the centre.
 
Read about the project

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

17.12.2013 / We wish our clients, colleagues and business partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We would like to thank for an eventful year with exciting projects throughout Scandinavia. We will be closed for Christmas from December 21 to January 5 and we look forward to continuing the good collaboration in the new year.

AART architects goes through to finale phase

12.12.2013 / We have been appointed as one of two winners in the competition for the Danish Deaconesses Foundation’s new healthcare centre in Frederiksberg, Denmark. The 8,000-m2 healthcare centre will be built around a bright atrium and will become the foundation’s new venue.

Winning proposal for the addition to Örebro University Hospital

09.12.2013 / “The light won.” This is the title of the jury’s report from the competition for the 24,000-m2 expansion of Örebro University Hospital, which includes operating rooms, outpatient clinics, same-day surgery services, wards and a new lobby and main entrance.
 
The title refers to the joint winning proposal submitted by AART architects and Sweco Architects. According to the jury, the proposal stands out for its excellent inflow of natural daylight, its great flexibility and its rich architectural expression.
“The proposal invests Örebro University Hospital with a new identity, creating a fresh profile in the eyes of the city [...] The overall concept totally accommodates the objectives of the competition programme: a good environment for both patients and staff, flexibility, constructability and a large measure of sustainable development."
 
"The building's division into several volumes provides bright environments, a well-defined reception area and logical flows in the building and the area around the hospital,” emphasise the jury in their report.

AART architects competes for Swedish cultural project

20.11.2013 / AART architects is among the three teams participating in the competition to develop a new cultural district in Örebro, Sweden. With the competition, Örebro wants to create a gathering point in the centre of the city where citizens can experience a wealth of cultural activities.
 
The competition will pave the way for visionary proposals for the area, located in central Örebro. The proposals must relate to the area’s existing buildings and show how to position and design a new cultural building that reflects the former standard bank and concert hall.
 
23 teams applied to participate in the competition. We have teamed up with Sweco Architects and are up against Wingårdh Arkitektkontor and Tham & Videgård Arkitekter. The competition began in October 2013 and runs until February 2014, when the winning proposal will be announced.

AART architects speaks at Building Green 2013

11.10.2013 / Anders Tyrrestrup, partner in AART architects, was among the keynote speakers at the largest Danish trade fair for sustainable construction in October. From the conference stage, he spoke about the design concept behind the Inspiria Science Center, which is one of Europe's most sustainable buildings.

He reported on how our proposal for the design concept had challenged the original building program by showing how sustainable solutions, rather than being another cost, could increase the science center's value. This led to a unique fundraising process and a spectacular science center that has received several awards, including the Iconic Award 2013 and the jury’s special prize at the Prime Property Awards 2012.

Building Green 2013 took place on the 9th and 10th of October in FORUM Copenhagen, where visitors had the opportunity to network and listen to inspiring and trend-setting speakers from Denmark and abroad.

AART architects opens iconic education centre

29.09.2013 / On Saturday 28 September 4,000 guests attended the inauguration of VUC Syd's new education centre, which is located on Haderslev's waterfront, providing the setting for a future-oriented, flexible and digital educational environment. The 8,600-m² education centre is Haderslev's largest building in recent years. The inauguration included a wealth of cultural contributions and speeches, for example by AART architects and Zeni Arkitekter, who talked about the vision, which lies at the heart of the education centre's architecture and design.
Thanks to its unique location, the education centre has been designed as an iconic atrium building, which with a 360° view of the town and the harbour. The education centre also challenges the traditional notion of permanent classrooms in favour of a more flexible educational environment. As Anders Tyrrestrup, a partner in AART architects, emphasised in his speech at the inauguration ceremony, the result is an unconventional and far more vibrant educational environment. Instead of permanent classrooms all lessons take place in group areas, presentation spaces, dialogue cubicles and quiet zones, which provide totally new opportunities for a more diverse approach to education.
 
Read more about VUC Syd

AART architects is yet again a Gazelle

15.11.2013 / For the fourth year running, AART Architects has been appointed as a Gazelle company by the Danish newspaper Børsen. This appointment reflects our strong growth and positive development, with new collaborations and exciting projects in Scandinavia and around the world.
 
It is a joint team effort that has yet again led to our appointment as a Gazelle company – a joint team effort that has paved the way for four years of positive accounts, while our revenue has more than doubled in the same period.
 
As a Gazelle company, we are among the fraction of Danish companies that meet the high-growth requirements of the Gazelle criteria. Our success results from the strong foothold that we have gained in the Scandinavian market over the past four years.
 
Currently, we are contributing to the development of more than 400,000 m2 in Scandinavia and around the world. For instance, we are involved in four major hospital building projects in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. In addition, we are involved in several educational, residential and commercial building projects.

The Culture Yard receives international award

23.09.2013 / AART architects has received the award in the 'best cultural and public property' category at the International Hotel & Property Awards for the Culture Yard, Elsinore, Denmark. The award was presented at a ceremony at the Hurlingham Club in central London.
 
The Culture Yard, which injects new life into Elsinore's old harbourfront, was commended for framing a diverse cultural venue while at the same time preserving the old shipyard building’s historical significance for the city.
The International Hotel & Property Awards differ from most architecture awards by not having a jury. Instead, the shortlisted projects are presented online at www.thedesignawards.co.uk, where professionals and architecture lovers from around the world can vote for their favourite projects. Over 25,000 people cast their vote for this year’s International Hotel & Property Awards.
 
Read more about the Culture Yard

The Culture Yard on stamps

04.09.2013 / On Thursday, 29 August, the Culture Yard provided the setting for INDEX: AWARDS 2013, the world’s largest design award. To mark this prestigious award ceremony, Post Danmark has issued two stamps with iconic motifs of the Culture Yard.
 
The two stamps show the facetted façade of the Culture Yard in the evening. The stamps form part of a series of 26 new stamps that Post Danmark is issuing in 2013. Kulturværftet is in good company as these stamps Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard and the Little Mermaid also appear in this year’s stamp collection.
 
Read about the Culture Yard

Østfold Hospital reaches a milestone

29.08.2013 / Østfold Hospital in Norway is now halfway to completion. The Norwegian Health Minister visited the site to mark this milestone in the construction of the 82,500-sqm hospital which will be Norway’s – and one of Europe’s – most modern.
 
750 architects, engineers and workmen contribute to the building of Østfold Hospital, and everyone participated in the celebration of the halfway stage, a milestone which is the result of close partnerships across disciplines, skills and nationalities.

AART architects designs "Light Cave"

26.08.2013 / As in previous years, AART architects is contributing to the Aarhus Festival, where the new cultural centre, Hermans, in Tivoli Friheden will be specially decorated like a “Light Cave”. The aim is to create a spectacular and atmospheric setting for the festival’s international night cabaret.
 
With its harlequin-inspired ceiling cassettes and light projections in changing colours, the cultural centre will have a cabaret-like atmosphere when the Aarhus Festival presents the Swedish multi-talented Carl-Einar Häckner’s latest cabaret show "The Road".
 
The unique interior and event design is developed in collaboration between AART architects, Propshop Europe and the Aarhus Festival. Visitors can experience the spectacular venue from 29 August to 7 September, when the cultural centre opens its doors to the international night cabaret.

Inspiria Science Center receives iconic award

29.07.2013 / Inspiria Science Center has received the Iconic Award 2013, which is awarded by the German Design Council (Rat Für Formgebung). With the award the German Design Council focuses on outstanding architecture and its integration in the urban, cultural and economic context.
 
"We seek to acknowledge those people who with their work make our world more beautiful and help increase people’s quality of life. We honour the icons of our day,” the German Design Council highlights.
 
Inspiria Science Center has received the award in the category "Public Architecture". The award ceremony will take place at the international property fair Expo Real in Munich in October. Inspiria Science Center was honoured at the very same property fair last year when the award-winning building received the jury’s special prize at the Prime Property Awards.
 
Read more about Inspiria Science Center

Happy summer holidays to you all

01.07.2013 / We wish our clients and business partners sunny summer holidays and thank for a wonderful spring filled with exciting challenges and collaborations around the world. Our offices will be closed for our annual summer holidays from July 15th to July 26th.

AART architects wins competition for major public school in Norway

26.06.2013 / AART architects, together with Nordic, Hent and Bjørbekk & Lindheim, have won the competition for a 12,500 m2 public school in Larvik in Norway, which with its nursery, family centre, sports centre and activity landscape will become a diverse learning and cultural centre.
 
”The winning proposal has by far the greatest potential to meet the project’s objectives – both in terms of its location, architecture and opportunity to meet the educational objectives”, the jury highlighted.
According to the jury, the proposal stood out in terms of its quality – of the seven submitted proposals it received by far the highest score in this regard. The jury was especially keen on the large common room that creates a social focal point at the centre of the school, and the class areas that have integrated specialised learning environments.
 
The school contains a total of four parallel classes from first to seventh grade. The classes are dispersed in three quadratic buildings that radiate out from the large common room towards the activity landscape. In addition, the school includes a nursery, a family centre and a multifunctional sports centre. In this way, the school is designed to become a diverse learning and cultural centre that will enrich the community and ooze with life and activity – even outside school hours.
 

AART architects designs new landmark in Sydney

13.06.2013 / AART architects has been invited to participate in the competition for a new student residence that marks the gateway to the University of Sydney. With its 400 rooms, eight floors and panoramic view of Sydney's skyline the student residence will become a landmark building in Australia's largest city.
 
"Over the years, we have developed several buildings with a strong social statement, and we look forward to bringing our knowledge and experience into play in this competition, where the objective is to strengthen the community spirit among students from 134 countries," says Torben Skovbjerg, partner in AART architects.
 
For the competition AART architects has teamed up with the Australian architectural firm Hames Sharley. Four consultant teams have been invited to participate in the competition, in which AART architects is the only non-Australian architectural firm to have been invited. The winning project will be announced in late summer.

AART architects speaks at Wood Build Norway

12.06.2013 / AART architects is among the keynote speakers at the international conference Wood Build Norway 2013 in Oslo where architects behind some of the most progressive high-rise wooden buildings in Europe will lecture on experiences, design and realization of their build­ings.
 
At the conference Anders Strange, partner in AART architects, will give a speech about the visions behind Norwegian Wood in Stavanger and the challenges and opportunities we have met during the building process – from 2006 when we won the international competition until today where the building takes shape on the urban harbourfront.
 
The 19,500-sqm Norwegian Wood is designed as the largest wooden residential complex in Northern Europe and provides the setting for an active and attractive urban life on the edge between the city and the sea.
 
Read more about Norwegian Wood

AART architects goes through to final phase for the new Glostrup Hospital

12.06.2013 / The team lead by AART architects and the Nordic Office of Architecture has been selected to go through to the second and final phase in the competition for the new neurological rehabilitation centre at Glostrup Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark.
 
Seven teams participated in the first phase of the competition for the 21,000-sqm neurological rehabilitation centre, with total construction costs of €77 million. After a thorough examination the jury has selected the team of AART architects, the Nordic Office of Architecture, Marianne Levinsen Landscape, Buro Happold, Hospitalitet and Harde Larsen Consulting Engineers as one of three teams to go through to the final phase.
The objective of the competition is to develop state-of-the-art architecture that frames the best possible rehabilitation course for people who have sustained brain injury or spinal cord injury. Thus, the new neurological rehabilitation centre will include 103 bedrooms, research areas, outpatient clinics, a multifunctional fitness hall as well as a number of highly specialised rehabilitation facilities.

Latest projects on the drawing board

27.05.2013 / AART architects has been pre-qualified for six healthcare competitions. The six competitions cover a wide array of projects, from the rethinking of historic healthcare architecture to the development of a new psychiatric hospital and a new healthcare college.
 
Together with Sweco AB, we have been pre-qualified to compete for the 24,000 sqm USÖ Högspecialitetshuset in Örebro, Sweden. The goal of this project is to create synergies among a wide range of therapies and medical specialties.
 
Together with MOE Consulting Engineers, we have also been pre-qualified to compete for a multi-purpose healthcare centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. The competition's aim is to rethink the Deaconess Foundation’s historic buildings and to create a future-oriented healthcare centre that exudes energy and promotes a positive working environment for the employees.
 
As part of the consortium of Sjælsø Denmark Ltd., we have been pre-qualified to compete for the new 51,000 sqm psychiatric hospital at the New University Hospital in Aarhus, Denmark. Furthermore, in Aarhus, we have also been pre-qualified to compete for an 11,000 sqm healthcare college. For this particular competition, we have teamed up with Dansk Boligbyg, Archinet and Søren Jensen Consulting Engineers.
 
Finally, we have been pre-qualified to compete for the new shared emergency department in Esbjerg, Denmark, and the rebuilding of Nykøbing Falster Hospital, Denmark. In both competitions we have teamed up with Midtconsult and Sweco.

Risk management in building projects

20.05.2013 / AART architects is among the keynote speakers at an international conference in Copenhagen where leading companies in risk management will share their successes, challenges and visions for risk management in major building projects.
 
The conference will focus on case studies on practical approaches to risk management. Under the heading "Architecture as a risk" we will make a presentation about our experiences with financial risk registration, analysis and management.
 
Among other things, we will talk about our experiences at Østfold Hospital in Norway and present new angles on how the Norwegian risk management system affects the architect’s working methods, how the architect can act within the system, and how the system affects the final result.
 
The conference is intended for developers, consultants, contractors and project managers and will take place in DGI-byen’s Conference Centre in Copenhagen on June 6.

Bikuben Student Residence is showcased in Paris

10.05.2013 / This summer the Bikuben Student Residence will be displayed at Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris as part of an exhibition of innovative student housing. The exhibition will focus on a chronology of remarkable buildings in the world built during the last 50 years.
 
The Bikuben Student Residence is located in Copenhagen and is characterised in that it rethinks the social environment for student life with a view to expanding the possibility that commu­nities can arise in a broad social network. The building appears as a cube, but is actually designed as a double helix, which in its path around the central axis in the form of a courtyard, provides space for various indoor and outdoor spaces.
 
In this way, the student residence avoids the classic dormitory corridors and instead creates a space where access to the rooms is linked directly to the social meeting places. For this innovative design approach the student residence received the Copenhagen Municipality’s Building Award in 2007. Additionally, it was showcased in the Galerie d’architecture moderne in Paris in 2012.
 
Read more about Bikuben Student Residence

It's about knowledge and innovation

03.05.2013 / Knowledge forms the basis of our practice. Therefore, we met with Linda Greve from the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Aarhus University in our desire to gain a deeper understanding of what helps innovation and the creation of new knowledge, and what can get in the way.
 
Linda gave an inspiring speech in which she talked about her latest research project on knowledge work in companies – a research project which aims to identify companies' innovative potential by examining how and with which ideas and metaphors they articulate their knowledge work.

Musholm Bay Holiday Resort featured in magazine

20.04.2013 / Our winning proposal for Musholm Bay Holiday Resort is featured in the latest issue of Muskelkraft which is a monthly magazine published by the Danish Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.
 
The feature focuses on how the winning proposal and its fully accessible, multi-purpose sports hall may inspire other architects to take a more socially sustainable approach to architecture. For instance, the sports hall includes an activity ramp which provides visitors, whether they are disabled or not, the opportunity to challenge themselves physically.
 
The activity ramp offers a wide range of platforms and activity spots, including a climbing wall for wheelchair users. Based on the sports hall’s many activities, the expansion fortifies Musholm Bay Holiday Resort as a place that breaks with the ordinary and invites people with disabilities to play, participate and create new friendships.
 
Read more about the holiday resort

Inspiria Science Center is selected for sustainable triennial

12.04.2013 / Inspiria Science Center has been selected for the international triennial for sustainable community building. The triennial titled Architecture of Necessity will be exhibited at Virserum Art Museum in Sweden between 5 May and 8 December 2013.
 
Inspiria Science Center has been selected for the triennial because it falls within the scope of the manifesto Architecture of Necessity. As a sustainable learning facility, Inspiria Science Center stems from the necessity in taking the global environmental challenges seriously.
 
Thus, the science centre is designed as an important contributor to sustainable development, which manifests itself in the science centre’s distinctive architecture, sustainable solutions and close cooperation with the research and educational community.
 
Read more about Inspiria Science Center

Home for Life is showcased in Singapore

04.04.2013 / In April, Home for Life will be on display in Singapore as part of an international exhibition in commemoration of Earth Day. The intention of the exhibition is to highlight the good example that Denmark is setting in helping to save the earth and hopefully, inspire more to follow suit.
 
The exhibition will thus highlight Danish sustainable efforts as well as Danish furniture brands like PP Mobler and Carl Hansen & Sons. The exhibition will run from April 10 to April 23, with a cocktail event on April 23 where local architects, authorities involved in sustainability and members of the public will be invited.
 
The exhibition is put up by the Danish Embassy, the Singapore-based furniture retailer Space Asia Hub and the Singapore-based architecture magazine Cubes Indesign which also will run features of the exhibition in their magazine as well as on their website, indesignlive.asia.
 
Read more about Home for Life

AART architects wins Swedish hospital competition

AART architects, together with Sweco, have won the architectural competition for the 30,000 m2 remodelling and expansion of Kungälv Hospital north of Gothenburg.
  
The competition win means designing new and rebuilding existing care facilities at the hospital, which will among other things result in a total of around 220 beds and a new main entrance. The jury’s choice of our proposal as the winning bid highlighted aspects such as the elegant interplay with the existing hospital, which they feel effectively preserves and enhances the building’s character.
Over the past year we have focused on developing highly specialized healthcare knowledge. This goal-oriented approach is now coming to fruition as we thanks to our winning proposal for Kungälv Hospital are engaged in major hospital construction projects in both Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
  
This means, that we currently contribute to hospital construction projects throughout Scandinavia. Besides Kungälv Hospital, we contribute to the development of the 82,400 m2 Østfold Hospital in Norway, the 22,000 m2 expansion of Viborg Hospital in Denmark and as part of the consortium CuraVita to the 134,000 m2 DNV Gødstrup in Denmark.
 
Read more about Kungälv Hospital

AART architects introduces Link

18.03.2013 / AART architects has developed the new bench concept Link in cooperation with the Danish manufacturer Veksø. Link is a new piece of urban furniture which can be linked together to form an array of different formations that encourages social activity and interaction in public space.
 
Although Link is compatible with a variety of urban environments, it is particularly suitable for outdoor recreational areas at universities, schools, care centres and housing estate. Actually, Link was originally designed for two education institutions in Southern Jutland in Denmark, where the clients wished to create inspiring new surroundings for teaching, both inside and outside.
 
Read more about Link

AART architects speaks in Moscow

05.03.2013 / AART architects has been invited to give a master class at the Nordic Wood festival in Moscow. The festival includes panel debates, master classes and an exhibition which shows the most interesting examples of wooden architecture in Scandinavia, the Baltic states and Russia, including the Nature Centre Hindsgavl.
 
Between March 15 and March 27, the Central House of Architects will host the Nordic Wood festival of wooden architecture. The main event of the festival is the photographic exhibition where works by recent winners and runners-up of prizes for wooden architecture from Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Norway, Finland and Denmark will be on show.
 
The exhibition will be launched with a round-table discussion, during which we will discuss current trends in wooden architecture – those common to all countries and unique to each region. In addition, we will give a master class at the Central House of Architects about our practice and wooden architecture projects, including the Nature Centre Hindsgavl.
 
Read more about the Nordic Wood festival

AART architects becomes consultant

02.03.2013 / AART architects has been certified DGNB Consultant. As a consultant, we offer specialised consultancy during the construction phase so that the completed building meets the requirements for the DGNB certification system, which involves all aspects of sustainable construction.
 
DGNB was launched in Denmark in the spring 2012 and promotes international standards in sustainable construction. The certification system covers all areas of sustainable architecture and is designed as a cost-effective tool for quality assurance during the construction phase.

AART architects wins competition for new science building

AART architects has won the competition for the expansion of Horsens State School. The expansion includes a new science building which provides synergy bewteen the science subjects.

In cooperation with Sjælsø and Niras, we have won the competition for the expansion of Horsens State School in Denmark. The expansion includes a 1,300 m2 science building in which classrooms for physics, chemistry, biology and geography are placed along a double high common room, which provides synergy between the science subjects.
  
"The proposal represents the most clear, architectural icon value. The proposal expresses a clear identity: This is where Science live! The proposal is conceptually clear in relation to both the inner and outer main idea. The proposal adds a new science building to Horsens State School, showing both independent format and contextual adaptation," the jury highlights.
The science building is designed as a compact building in which a double high common room and a sculptural staircase combine the building into a social and functional whole. In order to fulfil Horsens State School’s vision the building is organised in two floors by which the building provides the best possible synergy between the subjects and maximum outdoor space for the scenic garden.
  
The science building is based on a clear concept which preserves the symmetry of the existing building complex and interacts with the historic main building. In this way, the science building reflects the context which is enhanced by the curved carvings that open the building towards the main building and the scenic garden.
 
Read more about the new science building

AART architects wins the competition for Musholm Bay Holiday Resort

AART architects has won the competition for Musholm Bay Holiday Resort which is acknowledged as the world’s most innovative holiday resort for disabled people.

In cooperation with BSAA URBANlab, Bexcom and Keinicke & Overgaard Architects, we have won the competition for the expansion of Musholm Bay Holiday Resort which is located at the beautiful Danish coastline and is acknowledged as the world’s most innovative holiday resort for disabled people.
 
The expansion of Musholm Bay Holiday Resort is divided into two sections in the form of a leisure centre and a number of new holiday flats. The new leisure centre is located at the heart of the holiday resort, while the holiday flats is located in the periphery. In this way, the activities spread in ever-widening circles from the leisure centre to the holiday flats by which the expansion provides a dynamic layout for the future holiday resort.
"With the expansion of Musholm Bay Holiday Resort we carry on the architectural quality of the holiday resort. In addition, we raise the bar for socially sustainable architecture by providing all visitors, whether they are disabled or not, the opportunity for active and attractive holiday experiences. Thus, we have infused the architecture with a certain 

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sensuousness in the desire to create a fully accessible and engaging environment,” Anders Tyrrestrup, partner in AART architects, explains.
 
This is reflected in the leisure centre, where an activity ramp in the periphery of the centre motivates the visitors to express themselves physically. The ramp includes a wide range of plateaus and activity spots, including a climbing wall for wheelchair users.
 
Read more about Musholm Bay Holiday Resort

Stand-alone building

AART architects plan the biggest scouting and outdoor centre in Denmark which sets new standards for sustainable architecture by being designed as the first stand-alone building in Denmark.

30.01.2013 / In 2009, AART architects won the competition for the biggest scouting and outdoor centre in Denmark. Thanks to a broad, popular support the planning of the building has now begun. An active outdoor life is the focal point for the centre, which is designed as a passive and the first stand-alone building in Denmark.
  
"Over the years we have developed several sustainable buildings. With the this project we want to raise the bar for sustainable architecture by creating a distinctive building that not only produce enough energy to its own energy consumption, but also recycles its waste and diverts rain water and waste water locally. In other words, a building that rests entirely in itself" Torben Skovbjerg, partner in AART architects, points out.
  
In order to underline the close contact with nature, we have created a building which like a star-shaped building juts out of the ground and escalates into a 15 meter high climbing wall. The centre is titled Nunatakken which is a Greenlandic word for a cliff, projecting up through the mantle of a glacier, and the name refers to the building design and the landscape of Herlufmagle, which is formed by the last ice age.

AART architects meets Danish minister

On January 9, Torben Skovbjerg, partner in AART architects, met the Minister for Trade and Investment to discuss Danish architects’ international challenges and opportunities.

With projects in Europe, Australia, Africa and the Middle East, we are experiencing great international success. On January 9, Torben Skovbjerg, partner in AART architects, therefore met the Minister for Trade and Investment to discuss Danish architects’ international challenges and opportunities.
  
Selected members of the Danish Association of Architectural Firms were invited to present and discuss proposals on how Danish architects can gain a strong international foothold. The minister promised to pass on the proposals and emphasised that the world needs Danish architects who are recognized for responding to global challenges and creating highly sustainable solutions.
  
The meeting with the minister reflects our international business focus. With strong skills in socially sustainable and energy-efficient architecture, we are experiencing great success in Scandinavia and are engaged in projects across the world. For instance, we are planning Campus Park Skara in Sweden, are participating in the competition for a teaching hospital in Tanzania, and are engaged in several major building projects in Oman.

Certified passive house designer

As part of our sustainable development work, we have been certified European Passive House Designer.

08.01.2013 / AART architects have been certified European Passive House Designer in accordance with the passive house standards formulated by the German Passive House Institute. In this way, we offer competent consultancy in the design, calculation and construction of passive houses.
  
As a certified European Passive House Designer, we offer our clients and business partners to design, plan and construct buildings with low energy consumption for space heating and maintenance. Based on integrated energy design, we also ensure the completed buildings have a healthy and comfortable indoor climate all year round.
  
Over the years, we have designed and completed several passive houses, among these the award winning Comfort House in Denmark. By challenging the common perception of passive house design, the Comfort House sets new standards for sustainable single-family houses and shows that eco-friendly solutions can clear the way for inspiring and empathetic architecture.

Turning attitude into action

We have published a new booklet in which we present our latest projects and how we combine commercial success with ecological and sociocultural sustainability.

In our new booklet titled “Turning attitude into action”, we describe how we turn ideas into innovation by combining evidence-based research with a deep understanding of people and the environment. The booklet presents our latest projects and how we combine commercial success with ecological and sociocultural sustainability.
 
In the desire to promote actual progress in sustainable development and environmental protection, we have established the R&D department AART+. The R&D department is the heart of our creative practice and offers consultancy in a wide range of areas all related to sustainability, e.g. healing architecture, green tech, concept development, and project engineering.
 
In addition, we joined United Nations Global Compact in 2008. The Global Compact is the largest voluntary corporate social responsibility initiative in the world, and as a member we are committed to aligning our strategies and operations with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
 
Read the booklet “Turning attitude into action”

Østfold Hospital reaches a milestone

The final bidding round has been completed and with contracts of € 100 million in total, the bidding rounds comply with the budgetary of the compulsory competitive tendering.

In November the construction of Østfold Hospital in Norway reached yet another milestone when the third and final bidding round was completed. With contracts of € 100 million in total, the three bidding rounds met the budgetary of the compulsory competitive tendering to the delight of the developer, Helse Sør-Øst.
 
The contracts include facade construction, construction-related decor and fire proofing. Through all the bidding rounds, we have carefully studied the received offers and, among other things, made demands on economy, delivery and profitability, as just small errors of judgment or unforeseen expenses can be costly when it comes to major hospital projects.
 
The bidding rounds were succesfully completed just a month after the Norwegian Minister of Health, Jonas Gahr Støre, laid the foundation stone for the hospital. In his speech at the laying of the foundation stone, Jonas Gahr Støre emphasised that the 300,000 citizens of the Østfold region can look forward to one of the most efficient hospitals in Europe when the hospital will be inaugurated in 2015.
 
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AART architects introduces BRICK

BRICK is a flexible and functional foam furniture that can be joined into colorful formations and fits beautifully into any outdoor space.

In connection with our involvement in the construction of two Danish education centres, we have developed a new foam furniture titled BRICK. As the name indicates, BRICK consists of a simple, strong unit which can be joined into colorful and cohesive seating furniture.
 
The furniture has a hidden connection system which makes it possible to establish formations fulfilling the specific demands and wishes. It is easy to build the units together and create customized formations that encourage informal stay.
  
BRICK is made ​​of flexible and environmentally friendly polyurethane foam and has been added a strong polyurethane coating. Among other things, this technique is used by the offshore industry for fenders, buoys or the like, where the load and environment are extreme.
 
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The Culture Yard is short listed for international award

The Culture Yard is short listed for The International Hotel & Property Awards 2013 for ”best public and cultural development”.

The Culture Yard is short listed for The International Hotel & Property Awards 2013 which recognizes the best in architecture and interior design from all over the world. The Culture Yard is short listed in the category "best public and cultural development".
 
Hosted by Design et al, a leading interior design magazine based in the UK, The International Hotel & Property Awards are different to other design awards as they are not judged by a panel. Short listed projects are presented online at www.thedesignawards.co.uk, and voting is open to industry professionals as well as design et al readers, clients and customers.
 
The Culture Yard is located next to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Kronborg Castle, in Elsinore (DK) and is noted for breathing new life into the city's historic harbourfront. The Culture Yard has been constructed in cooperation with Soren Jensen Consulting Engineers and has previous received the Structural Award 2011 for "best cultural and residential structure".
 
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AART architects rethink Danish art building

Odense Municipality has unveiled the four teams who have been selected to draw up a proposal for a future art building in the heart of Odense in Denmark.

In cooperation with SLA and Lars Kiilerich-Hansen, we have been prequalified to participate in the competition to develop the art building Filosoffen in Odense, so the building utilises its unique location next to the Latin Quarter and one of the city's major recreational areas.
 
"The aim of the competition is to renew the area, so the art building becomes a modern cultural venue which can attract a wider audience. When the rebuilding is completed, the art building will expand with new art forms and provide space for recreational areas around the building," Ellen Drost, Cultural Director in Odense Municipality.
 
The competition is organised by Realdania and Odense Municipality, who has unveiled the four teams to draw up a visionary proposal on how the buildings in the area can be arranged around an attractive, integrated outdoor area for the benefit of both the art building’s visitors and the local citizens.

AART architects transforms historic building

On October 31 we celebrated the inauguration of Svaneparken, which has been transformed into a modern day-care centre, where specially designed fixtures create a colorful and playful environment.

On October 31 we celebrated the inauguration of Svaneparken which was built in 1920 as a hospital and until the 1980s housed a psychiatric asylum. In 2010 we began an extensive renovation of the historic building which now has been transformed into a modern day-care centre.
 
We have renovated the exterior with respect to the building's unique history, but have redesigned the interior in the desire to create an exciting and future-oriented environment that provides a strong sense of community among Svaneparken's five integrated day-care centres.
 
All the fixtures are specially designed based on the latest research in pedagogy. In the design of each fixture we have challenged the traditional approach to the design of day-care centres, as each fixture merges with the building and creates a playful landscape of niches, plateaus and caves.
 
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AART architects receives European architecture award

Inspiria Science Center was on October 9 awarded the Prime Property Award which has gained a reputation as the real estate equivalent of the Oscars.

The 2012 Prime Property Award was on October 9 presented to outstanding European real estate investment projects at the Expo Real commercial property show in Munich. Inspiria Science Center won the jury's special prize which recognises real estate projects in Europe that combine commercial success with ecological and sociocultural sustainability in exemplary fashion.
 
"It is a great honour to receive the Prime Property Award as the award does not define sustainability to merely be a matter of reducing energy and material consumption. On the contrary, the award recognises real estate investment projects that have a positive impact on society as a whole, both socially, economically and environmentally," says Anders Strange, partner in AART architects.
We received the award together with the developer Inspiria Eiendom at the Expo Real commercial property show. The 2012 Prime Property competition attracted an impressive 160 entries relating to properties in 19 European countries – proof of just how coveted the award is.
 
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Education centre takes root in Denmark

The new education centre for VUC in Haderslev (DK) took a giant leap forward when we held the topping-out ceremony on October 5.

The construction of one of the most innovative education centres in Denmark is proceeding according to plan. The education centre, titled VUC Southern Jutland, is exptected to be inaugurated next summer and the education centre took a giant leap forward when we held the topping-out ceremony on October 5.
 
Based on specially designed furniture and innovative it-solutions, VUC Southern Jutland is designed as the first fully digital education centre in Denmark. The vision is thus to create the “education centre of the future”, where digital solutions and a strong, social focus go hand in hand.
 
Inspired by its prominent location, VUC Southern Jutland includes the public space as a natural part of the building. In this way, the education centre appears as an eventful building with a strong architectural profile, where cultural experiences are integrated as a natural part of the everyday life.
 
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Minister lays the foundation stone for new hospital

On October 2 the Norwegian Minister of Health, Jan Gahr Støre, marked a milestone on the genisis of the 82,500 m2 Østolf Hospital in Sarpsborg in Norway.

On October 2 the Norwegian Minister of Health laid the foundation stone for the new Østold Hospital. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the 300,000 citizens of the Østfold region can look forward to one of the most modern and efficient hospitals in Europe.
 
The foundation stone contains architectural drawings, childrens drawings and a Norwegian 100 krone banknote and will be placed in the floor in the foyer by which it will be visible for patients and relatives when they enter the hospital.
 
In 2002 we won the international competition for Østfold Hospital in collaboration with the Danish studio Arkitema and Norwegian Eliassen & Lambertz-Nilssen Arkitekter. The hospital is one of the largest building projects in Norway and is expetected to be inaugurated in 2015.
 
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AART architects wins acute care centre

Central Denmark Region has announced AART architects, Sweco Architects, Midtconsult and WSP as winner of the compition of a 22,000 m2 acute care centre.

On September 26 Central Denmark Region announced AART architects, Sweco Architects, Midtconsult and WSP as the winner of the project competition of the new emergency center in Viborg in Denmark. The acute care centre has a budget of more than € 70 m and is built around a common emergency department, where all acute patients arrive.
 
Throughout the competition we have focused on creating a holistic hospital building, where functional and sensory solutions are mutually reinforcing. The goal has thus been to create an efficient and flexible hospital with a human presence and strong, architectural statement.
The acute care centre is connected to the existing Regionshospitalet Viborg and interacts with the urban structures and landscape towards Søndersø. The close interaction with its surroundings is reflected in the many terraces and roof gardens and in the new lobby, which offers captivating views of the lake and creates an entirely new arrival experience to the hospital.
 
In order to create an efficient flow, the acute care centre is divided into a public trail that contains each department waiting areas, and a screened department track that frames the departments on each floor. In this way, transport of lying patients is screened from the public zone, which not only provides an effective framework for the staff, but also a safe environment for the patients.

CuraVita cuts the first sod for new hospital

On September 25 CuraVita cut the first sod for the New Hospital in West in Denmark which not only provides a healthy framework for patients and personnel but also for the macroeconomics.

As part of the consortium CuraVita, we have cut the first sod for the 129,700 m2 hospital titled the New Hospital in West near Herning in Denmark. With a budget of more than € 500 m, the hospital is one of the largest development projects within the healthcare sector in Denmark and will thus set the standard for the healthcare architecture of tomorrow.
  
Throughout the project process we have focused on providing a healthy framework for not only the patients and personnel but also for the macroeconomics. By rethinking the hospital’s workflow and physical framework, we have cleared the way for therapeutic and operational efficiency in the absolute elite.
The total running costs for a hospital is so high that just a few years of operation corresponds to the total construction costs. In this way, just a few percent savings in the annual running costs through efficient logistics will save society millions of euros.
  
By streamlining the hospital’s infrastructure, we have created a hospital where the patient is at the centre, and the proximity between divisions and professional specialties ensures a quick and accurate diagnosis. Because the less time doctors and nurses spend on walking from one division to another, the more time they have for the patients, improving the patient care and patient experience.
 
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Buyers flock to Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood is a big sales success and has attracted great much attention in Norway. Now the third and final construction has been initiated.

Owing to its distinctive wooden architecture and unique location on the waterfront of Stavanger, Norwegian Wood has attracted great attention in Norway. It manifested itself in the remarkable sales in the first and second construction phase and now the third and final construction phase has opened for sales.
 
The third construction phase consists of building seven, eight and nine and includes apartments ranging from 53 to 199 m2 which stand out by their close connection to the waterfront, the promenade and the green outdoor areas. By being structured as a coherent row of blocks connected by dramatic passageways, Norwegian Wood appears a distinctive residential complex that takes advantage of the magnificent sea view and creates recreational spaces at the waterfront.
 
Norwegian Wood is a great sales success and in the first construction phase the apartments sold for impressive NOK 100 million in just a few days while 15 flats were sold in just one hour in the second construction phase. The residential complex is designed in cooperation with Studio Ludo and is the winning proposal in an international architecture competition.

WORKSHOP JUMP-STARTS RESEARCH PROJECT

On August 6 AART Concept kick-started the development of a supervision method to study how architecture improves life.

Social awareness permeates our design thinking. As part of our research and development work AART Concept has thus been granted € 14.000 in research subsidy from the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education to study and document how our architecture improves the quality of life.
  
On August 6 AART Concept kick-started the research project with a view to developing a supervision method for studying and documenting to which extent our finished buildings are socially sustainable. Through dialogue and group work AART Concept defined a set of measurable, social parameters which will function as a guideline in the further process of development.
  
As part of the research project, we cooperate with the Alexandra Institute who is a bridge-builder between research, public institutions and private corporations. In the forthcoming months, we will develop and refine the method and we expect to start using the socially sustainable, supervision method in the beginning of 2013.

AART architects inaugurates outdoor centre

On September 9 we inaugurated the Activity and Outdoor Centre Hindsgavl which creates an inspiring activity spot for the many aspects of outdoor life.

On September 9 hundreds of visitors celebrated the inauguration of the Activity and Outdoor Centre Hindsgavl which frames the outdoor life in the scenic Hindsgavl Nature Reserve in Denmark. The building creates an inspiring activity spot for the many aspects of outdoor life by reinforcing the relation between inside and outside and creating a significant architecture that interacts with the surrounding landscape.
 
To underline the scenic context the building has a captivating vantage point on the roof which is covered with vegetation and grass, planted over a waterproofing membrane. In addition, the building reinforces the relation between indoors and outdoors by using large window sections and decorating the inner walls, floors  with plywood solid wood.
The building is a result of a close collaboration with the organization Miljøforum Fyn which is specialized in environmental issues and sustainable development. In this way, the building is designed as a visionary project in sustainable construction and is designed as the first passive house outdoor centre in Denmark.

The Culture Yard is displayed in Copenhagen

On August 30 we presented the vision behind the Culture Yard at a big design event in Copenhagen.

On August 30 the old Warehouse 48 at the Freeport of Copenhagen framed a big design event. 750 people attented the event to see, hear and learn about the Culture Yard and other significant building projects in the Copenhagen area.
 
Anders Tyrrestrup who is partner in AART architects lectured about the Culture Yard and its sophisticated façade construction of steel, glass and aluminium based on triangles in different geometric expressions. Among other things, he told about how the entire building has been designed in 3D, which during the planning process has been essential for the design of the many unique assemblies and components.
 
The characteristic feature of the Culture Yard is, in fact, the transparent façade that encloses the old shipbuilding yard and gives a glimpse of the historic buildings. The façade gives the Culture Yard an intriguing identity where the distinctive steel elements of the construction are used as a reference to the area's original function as a shipyard.

NEW DOMICILE TAKES A GIANT LEAP FORWARD

The new domicile for Atea in Aarhus (DK) took a giant leap forward when we held the topping-out ceremony on August 16.

The construction of one of the most energy efficient office buildings in Aarhus (DK) is proceeding according to plan. Just one year after the planning process was initiated the construction of the 10,500 m2 domicile for Atea took a giant leap forward when we held the topping-out ceremony on August 16.
 
Together with our business partners we celebrated the completion of the building frame for the new domicile which will provide vibrant, social settings for the Danish software company's 400 employees by being designed as a highly energy efficient, open office environment.
 
Based on our ambitions to reduce energy consumption, the domicile will be certified by the British labelling system Breeam, which is among the world leaders in the certification of eco-friendly and energy efficient buildings. According to plan, the domicile will be completed in February 2013.

Science centre receives Norwegian award

Inspiria Science Center has been awarded the acknowledged Norwegian architecture award Arnstein Arneberg Prisen 2012.

Inspiria Science Center has received the Norwegian architecture award Arnstein Arneberg Prisen 2012 for enriching the cityscape and contributing to the social development of the Østfold County in south-eastern Norway.
 
Arnstein Arneberg Prisen is named after one of Norway’s most renowned architects and was presented by Østfold Arkitektforening at Østfold Kunstnercenter in Fredrikstad on June 22.
“The science centre is technically at the forefront and is highly energy efficient. Overall, the building is very well designed and provides a unique setting for visitors of the science centre and it is an inspiring building for professionals within science and architecture,” the jury highlights.

AART Green explores Copenhagen

On June 11 AART Green visited Copenhagen to explore and examine the city's most significant and sustainable building projects.

The Blue Planet, The UN Village and The Crystal were explored and examined when AART Green on June 11 visited Copenhagen. The research trip included guided tours that gave a unique look behind the scene of some of Copenhagen’s latest and most distinctive building projects.
 
The range of the building projects embraced a large variety of themes and together the building projects offered an inspiring insight into how it is possible to balance between different parameters such as of open-plan offices, exhibition spaces, high level security and eco-friendly solutions.
 
With its large variety of themes the research trip led to interesting discussions, which in turn led to new perspectives on the environmental opportunities of architecture. In this way, the research trip has generated new green ideas which will serve as inspiration for AART Green’s continuing research on developing architetcural solutions that benefit people and the environment.

Torben Skovbjerg talks at university in Oman

On June 11 Torben Skovbjerg, partner in AART architects, visited Sultan Qaboos University in Oman to give a talk about AART+.

On June 11 Torben Skovbjerg was invited to Muscat in Oman to speak at Sultan Qaboos University. Here he told about how we through resourceful research strive to develop holistic concepts that evoke inspiration and challenge mind-sets with a view to enriching everyday life.
 
In continuation hereof he told about the thinking behind our research department AART +, which forms the basis of our development work and in close cooperation with external experts identifies the innovative potential of our many projects. The lecture led to an inspirational dialogue with the students about the tension field between architecture and research as well as Nordic and Islamic architecture.
 
Torben Skovbjerg was invited to speak at Sultan Qaboos University, because we cooperate with COWI in Oman and currently contribute to a wide range of building projects in Muscat, including the design proposal for a showroom for KIA and a major hotel, residential and business complex.

AART architects is in the running to design hospital

We have been selected to go through to the second and final phase in the competition for Regionshospitalet Viborg in Denmark.

As part of a team consisting of Sweco, Midtconsult and WSP, we have been selected to go through to the final phase in the competition for a 22,000 sq. m. extension of Regionshospitalet Viborg with a budget of more than € 70,000,000.
 
In our proposal, we have focused on creating an extension that offers therapeutic and operational efficiency in the absolute elite and, at the same time, is perceived as poetic, friendly and accommodating by the patients, the relatives and the staff.
In the coming months we will refine our proposal which includes a new main entrance and emergency department as well as an extension of the hospital’s existing operating unit and intensive care unit. The winning proposal will be announced in September.

New hotel combines the past and present

On June 1 Scandic Aarhus City was inaugurated in the city centre of Aarhus in Denmark.

A new eventful dimension was added to Aarhus city centre when Scandic Aarhus City opened its doors to the public on June 1. The 17,000 m2 hotel brings together 150 years of city history as it has preserved a historic façade which conceals the new and strikingly modern hotel facilites.

“By preserving the historic façade we have breathed life into a unique part of the city history. We have strived to enrich the cityscape by creating a contemporary reading of the town cenctre´s characterful buildings and the interplay between new and old, between the modern and the historical, infuses the site with an intriguing architectural diversity,” Torben Skovbjerg, CEO at AART architects, explains.

Scandic Aarhus City is the second largest hotel in Aarhus and offers a wide range of modern hotel facilities, including 228 rooms, a lounge, a restaurant, an underground parking facility as well as conference facilities for 475 guests.

AART Concept looks into the future of learning

On May 29 AART Concept met with educational experts to talk about the challenges for the future learning environment.

As part of its reaserch and development work AART Concept held a symposium on May 29 where experts from the business and research community discussed trends and challenges for the educational architecture of today and tomorrow.
 
The symposium took place at the new Railyards Cultural Centre in Aarhus (Denmark) and featured lectures by process consultant Ulla Kjær Vang from Bascon, associate professor Tina Bering Keiding from Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media at Aarhus University and Eva Bjerrum, who is head of New Ways of Working Lab at the Alexandra Institute.
 
Based on their own subject area the three experts told about the opportunities and challenges associated with future learning. The lectures triggered an inspirational discussion, where usual ways of thinking were challenged and new ideas were brought into play. Ideas, which AART Concept will refine further in the coming months in order to develop new knowledge and innovative concepts for the benefit of our customers, our collaborators and society as a whole.

AART rethinks San Francisco

We have been invited to participate in the first phase of the international design competition for realizing the full potential of Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.

We have been invited to participate in the first phase of the international design competition for realizing the full potential of Fort Mason Center in San Francisco which hosts various arts and cultural events and attracts more than 1.5 million visitors annually.
 
Fort Mason Center is located on a highly desirable, 53.000 sq. m. waterfront site that is open to the public and offers unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Island. Located just inside San Francisco Bay, the cultural center is part of the National Park Service’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The design competition is seeking creative and practical design concepts to further enliven and integrate the site. To achieve this goal Fort Mason Center has invited an exclusive group of 20 highly regarded international architects to consider an enhanced plan for its future development.

AART designs headquarters in Norway

We have won the project competition for the new headquarters for Borregaard, which owns and operates the world's most advanced biorefinery.

We have won the project competition for Borregaard’s new headquarters in Sarpsborg in Norway. Borregaard operates the world’s most advanced biorefinery and the headquarters frames the company’s innovation work within green carbon by combining eco-friendly solutions into a vibrant architectural whole.  
 
The architecture radiates openness which manifests itself in the accommodating arrivals square, the bright atrium and the crystalline façade. In addition, a series of circular meeting rooms rises up through the atrium like sculptural tree trunks, expressing a particular identity by referring to wood as Borregaard’s natural and sustainable raw material.
Roots in the local community was a prerequisite for participating in the project competition. By being selected as the winning team our office in Fredrikstad has proven to have gained a deep local knowledge and strong foothold in the Norwegian market.

Nominations rain down on science centre

Inspiria Science Center is nominated for three international architecture awards thanks to its innovative and sustainable solutions.

Owing to its vibrant architecture, Inspiria Science Centre has attracted worldwide attention. The science centre has just been selected to go through to the short list for the International Architecture Award 2012 which recognises excellence in architecture and urbanism from a global point-of-view.
 
In addition, Inspiria Science Centre has been short listed for the Prime Property Award 2012. The award has gained a reputation as the real estate equivalent of the Oscars and recognises European real estate investment projects that combine commercial success with sociocultural and ecological sustainability in exemplary fashion.
Last but not least, Inspiria Science Centre has also been nominated for Arnstein Arneberg Prisen which honours new and excellent architecture in Østfold county in southeastern Norway where the the science centre is located.

AART Build explores the material world

On April 20 AART Build visited the exhibition Material World at the Danish Architecture Centre to study the latest material breakthroughs.

Advanced material research and development is one of the cornerstones of AART Build. As part of its innovation work, the research team thus went to Copenhagen to study the latest material breakthroughs which were showcased at the exhibition Material World at the Danish Architecture Centre.
 
The Material World exhibition shows a wide range of cutting-edge materials and how the development of materials contributes to new and more sustainable architectural structures, expressions and experiences.
 
In this way, the exhibition is clearly in line with AART Build’s mission to explore new materials and use existing materials in new ways with a view to promoting a sustainable building culture that is more elastic, more efficient and more engaging to people and the natural environment that it is part of.

Green office building takes root

The construction of one of the most energy efficient office buildings in Aarhus in Denmark was initiated on April 11 when the foundation stone for the Danish software company Atea’s new domicile was laid. Among others, the mayor of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard, spoke at the event.
 
Based on Atea’s aspiration to reduce the energy consumption and provide vibrant, social settings for 400 employees, the 10,500 m2 domicile is designed as an open and dynamic office environment which implements the newest software solutions within acoustics, lighting, ventilation and solar screening.
 
The domicile is designed in cooperation with NCC Property Development and will be certified by the British labelling system Breeam, which is among the world leaders in the certification of environmentally friendly and energy efficient buildings. According to plan, the domicile will be inaugurated in February 2013.

The Danish Trade Council focuses on architecture

02.04.2012 / In the latest issue of Eksportfokus, the Danish Trade Council focuses on the fact that Danish architects are internationally acclaimed and have great commercial success on a global scale. The issue includes a leading feature on AART architects which is highlighted as one of the Danish architectural firms who has managed to gain a strong international foothold.

CuraVita goes through to the final

As part of the consortium CuraVita, we have been selected to go through to the final phase in the competition for the new Aalborg Universitetshospital which is one of the largest development projects within the healthcare sector in Denmark.
 
”The hospital appears beautiful and distinctive in its design and use of materials. The linear structure of the hospital combines an efficient logistic with a good overview and large spatial qualities - especially the many beautiful views through the sheltered atriums towards the landscape to the east," the jury highlights.
 
In the competition CuraVita consists of our practice as well as Arkitema (DK), NSW Arkitekter & Planlæggere (NO), Grontmij (DK), Moe & Brødsgaard (DK), Hospitalitet (NO) and Arup (NL). In our proposal, we focus on creating a visionary hospital that offers therapeutic and operational efficiency in the absolute elite and, at the same time, is perceived as poetic, friendly and accommodating by the patients, the relatives and the staff.

Bikuben Student Residence is showcased in Paris

We participate in this spring’s major exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Architecture and Contemporary Museum in Paris. The exhibition titled "Vers de nouveaux logements sociaux 2" (in English "Towards Social Housing 2”) is staged by the French Institute of Architecture and showcases best practice cases of social housing in Europe.
 
We participate with Bikuben Student Residence which creates the optimal settings for student life and extends the possibility that unity can arise from a broad social network. Based on Bikuben Student Residence and other landmark projects, the exhibition shows how to promote social diversity and prevent the trivialization of housing space.
 
"Vers de nouveaux logements sociaux 2" opens on the 14th of March and is an updated version of the original exhibition "Vers de nouveaux logements sociaux" from 2009.

Norwegian Wood is nominated WAN awards

Norwegian Wood has been selected to go through to the short list for the WAN Residential Award 2011, which honours the most visionary residential architecture around the world.
 
“The submission (Norwegian Wood, red.) was praised as the largest and most sustainable use of wood in Europe and all the judges agreed on the interesting aesthetic that the project brings to the table, that the plans are working, and that it is artful,” WAN highlights on its website.
 
Norwegian Wood is designed in cooperation with Studio Ludo and Siriskjær Utbygging and is located on the urban seafront of Stavanger in Norway. In the final running for WAN Residential Award 2011 the project is up against Beirut Observatory in Lebanon designed by Accent Design Group.

AART wins campus project in Sweden

In collaboration with Schonherr, we have won the competition for the new Campus Park Skara, including a 10,000 sq. m. school building and a 49 acre park. The campus is located in Skara in Sweden and provides the framework for a vibrant learning environment by integrating the architecture as an active learning element.
 
The architecture thus motivates the students to interact with the school building, as the floors, walls and furniture are designed as sensuous and pedagogical elements which can be included in the daily schooling. Likewise, the school has integrated touchscreens at the central square and weather stations in the park, so the students easily can gather data about the building´s energy consumption and the local climate.
The school is designed as an atrium building rooted in a public square. The public square is designed as the heart of the building and the social dimension is also being expressed in the exterior, as the school in a dynamic gesture stretches out towards the green park.

The IGLOO hits Sweden

At this year’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair you can experience the IGLOO which creates a screened dialogue space within open environments and offers a unique opportunity to integrate digital media in open offices and learning environments.
 
The IGLOO offers distinctive design features and unique customer influenced programming. For instance, the IGLOO is designed in various sizes and shapes. In addition, the surfaces are designed in fabric on foam which gives the internal and external atmosphere an absorbent acoustic quality and offers a huge variety in colour and expression.
 
The IGLOO is developed in cooperation with Gate95 and is designed for the new education centre for VUC Sønderjylland in Haderslev (DK) with a view to promoting a spatially balanced environment for teamwork and digital learning.

AART Green becomes a green ambassador

As part of our sustainable focus, AART Green has become an ambassador for the Danish wood initiative "Wood creates Environment".

In order to promote a more sustainable building culture, we have initiated a collaboration with the Danish wood initiative "Træ Er Miljø" (in English "Wood creates Environment") to become an ambassador for wooden architecture.
 
As an ambassador for wooden architecture, we strive to create awareness of the environmental qualities of trees, whether they grow in forests or are used in buildings. By this means, our vision is to achieve long-term effects on the building industry´s stance on wood as a sustainable raw material.
 
Over the years, we have created several wooden architecture projects and have thus gained a deep insight into the environmental qualities of wood. Our experience with wooden architecture manifests itself in projects such as FDF Outdoor Centre Sletten situated in the beautiful landscape of hills and lakes in Ry in Denmark and Norwegian Wood situated on the urban seafront of Stavanger in Norway.

AART promotes social responsibility

As a member of United Nations Global Compact, we have handed in our second Communication on Progress report, formulating our commitment to implementing corporate social responsibility into our business strategy and day-to-day operations.
 
Social, economic and environmental challenges affect the building industry more than ever before. Therefore, we recognise the need to collaborate with research institutes, knowledge-based companies and transnational organisations, as sustainable development can only be achieved by encouraging knowledge sharing between various sectors.
 
This understanding is reflected in our continuing support for the United Nations Global Compact which is the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world and provides a practical framework for sustainable development.
 
Read our social responsibility report

Maritime school opens for the public

The guests had to hold onto their braces when Skagen Skipperskole was inaugurated in a strong gale on the 9th of December. However, the gale-force wind didn’t curb the joy as the city of Skagen finally is able to offer a vibrant learning environment for the future education of skippers and chief officers.
 
The principal, staff and students were delighted with the building which faithful to the values of the school is designed as a sculptural ship situated between the city and the sea overlooking the wild forces of nature.
 
"The architecture expresses the spirit of adventure that through history has characterised the men and women who have chosen the sea as their workplace. We have thus strived to create an architectural symbol of the proud, maritime traditions," Torben Skovbjerg, partner in AART architects, emphasised in his speech at the inauguration.

The awards rain down on the Culture Yard

Just a few days after receiving the prestigious Structural Award 2011 for best "Community and Residential Structure", the Culture Yard has received the Danish award Tyndpladegruppens Arkitekturpris 2011.
 
The biannual award recognises excellent architectural use of thin plates and has been awarded the Culture Yard, as the crystalline façade construction of glass, steel and perforated aluminium plates, according to the judging panel, expresses an enticing, modern identity that interacts with the historic surroundings.
“Tyndpladegruppens Arkitekturpris is a great recognition of our and our developer’s vision, as it pays tribute to buildings that express a high technical and artistic level. And it’s especially a great recognition to receive such an award by competent colleagues,” Anders Tyrrestrup, partner in AART architects, points out.

The Culture Yard receives the Structural Award 2011

The Culture Yard has been awarded the international Structural Award 2011 that reward the work of the world’s most talented structural designers, recognise their indispensable contribution to the built environment and showcase projects that lead the industry’s development.
 
”The Culture Yard is a fine example of what can be achieved by a versatile team of structural engineers demonstrating flair and excellence in use of new and existing materials, dynamics, buildability, specialized construction methods and a respects for their heritage,” the jury highlighted at the award ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in London.
The Culture Yard has been constructed in a close collaboration with Søren Jensen Consulting Engineers and has received the prestigious award in the category “Award for Community or Residential Structures” for the advanced engineering work behind the vast glass facade.

AART wins school project in Copenhagen

In collaboration with Active City Transformation and Tækker Consulting Engineers, we have won the project competition for the extension and rebuilding of Skolen ved Søerne at Frederiksberg in Copenhagen.
 
In the jury report, Frederiksberg Municipality highlights how the winning proposal creates aesthetic, functional and organizational qualities that interact with the beautiful area by the lakes and create a convincing connection between the new and existing school building.
In order to create cohesion, the extension is built around a community room, while the outdoor areas are interlinked by a dynamic path that rises from the existing schoolyard to the new elevated schoolyard and further up along the thematic terraces to the school’s top floor.

Norwegian Wood is a great sales success

Sales at Norwegian Wood located at the seafront of Stavanger in Norway have been so strong that the developer Kruse Smith has opened the second construction phase for sales. In the first construction phase the freehold flats sold for impressive NOK 100 million in just a few days and the same is true for the second phase where 15 flats were sold in just one hour.
 
“We are pleased to have designed a popular and very saleable residential project. By using solid wood and structuring Norwegian Wood as a coherent row of blocks connected by dramatic passageways, we have created a distinctive building complex that takes advantage of the magnificent sea view and creates recreational spaces at the seafront,” Torben Skovbjerg, partner in AART architects, explains.
 
Norwegian Wood is designed in collaboration with Studio Ludo and is the winning proposal in an international architecture competition. The first sod will be cut this spring and the building complex is exptected to be finished within three years.

The Waterhouse receives yet another award

The new headquarters for DANVA, The Waterhouse, has been awarded Skanderborg Municipality’s Architecture Prize 2011 for enriching the municipality by contributing to a vibrant and sustainable cityscape.
 
The Waterhouse has received the prize in two categories, respectively for the best new construction and for the best new construction that innovatively incorporates sustainable solutions in both the construction, operation and disposal phase.
 
Skanderborg Municipality’s Architecture Prize 2011 is bestowed upon The Waterhouse just few month after the headquarters received the Sustainable Concrete Award 2011 by Dansk Beton, a subdivision under The Danish Construction Association.

CuraVita wins major hospital project

As part of the consortium CuraVita, we have won the project competition for the 135,000m2 hospital titled DNV-Gødstrup in Denmark.

As part of the consortium CuraVita, we have won the project competition for the 135,000m2 hospital titled DNV-Gødstrup near Herning in Denmark. With a budget of four billion DKR, the hospital is one of the largest development projects within the healthcare sector in Denmark and will thus set the standard for the healthcare architecture of tomorrow.
 
"Through its organisation and planning, the hospital ensures a cohesive and safe continuity of care of high patient experienced and professional quality. The hospital will be the preferred learning and research hospital in Denmark, where innovation, quality development, research and education will go hand in hand with the patient treatment," the jury highlights.
In the competition CuraVita consists of our studio as well as Arkitema (DK), NSW Arkitekter & Planlæggere (NO), Grontmij (DK), Moe & Brødsgaard (DK), Hospitalitet (NO) and Arup (NL). Throughout the competition our predominant goal has been to create a visionary hospital that offers therapeutic and operational efficiency in the absolute elite and, at the same time, is perceived as poetic, friendly and accommodating by the patients, the relatives and the staff.

New domicile will be certified by Breeam

The new domicile for Atea goes green and raises the bar for energy efficient office buildings.

In cooperation with NCC Property Development we are planning to build an environmentally friendly domicile in Aarhus for the Danish software company Atea. The 10,000m2 headquarters is rooted in Atea’s aspiration to reduce the energy consumption and provide vibrant, social settings for approx. 400 employees.
 
To fulfil the sustainable aspiration, the new domicile will be certified by the British labelling system Breeam, which is among the world leaders in the certification of environmentally friendly and energy efficient buildings. This certification includes several objectives, e.g. reducing environmental impact, optimising the benefits of sustainability and providing a method for measuring and monitoring.
 
Facing the main thoroughfare to Skejby business park, the domicile has a prominent location, by which the architecture is an important factor in Atea’s brand strategy. Therefore, we have an integrated branding-architecture approach, concentrating on the core values of the project to determine the architectural design elements that communicate the company’s brand identity.

Prime minister cuts the first sod for hospital

The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg marked the beginning of the construction of the new Østfold Hospital.

On the 5th of September, the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg cut the first sod for the new Østfold Hospital in Graalum in Norway. The 82,500m2 hospital is the largest building project in the region’s history and the Prime Minister emphasised the magnitude of the project as it will affect many people by becoming the future healthcare centre of the region.
 
In his speech the Prime Minister, therefore, told that he is looking forward to the new hospital as it will ensure a good treatment for the patients and a good work environment for the staff. In continuation hereof, he promised to return for the inauguration in 2016.
 
In 2002 we won the international competition for the new Østfold Hospital in collaboration with the Danish studio Arkitema and Norwegian Eliassen & Lambertz-Nilssen Arkitekter. During the last years our project office in Graalum has generated credible healthcare knowledge from thorough research and we are now looking forward to contributing to the physical genesis of the hospital.

Science centre opens for the youth

Inspiria Science Centre which is designed as one of the most sustainable science centres in Europe was inaugurated on the 30th of August.

The new Inspiria Science Centre in Sarpsborg in Norway was inaugurated on the 30th of August by the Norwegian Minister for Culture and Minister for Education. As the architects behind the science centre we also made a speech about the architectural ambitions, as the architecture is conceived and designed as a communications platform to create regional interest in the natural sciences and national interest in the region.
 
The science centre is thus designed as a passive house with a close contact to nature, by which the architecture and the science centre’s focus on energy, the environment and health merge into a single narrative. The narrative permeates the building’s basic form, where nature’s cycle, cyclical repetitions and spiral forms blend with the technology cycle, expressed through the universal power of the circular basic form.
The goal has thus been to create a striking building, which in itself constitutes an identity-laden branding of INSPIRIA Science Centre by uniting the activities of the science centre into a single concept. Overall, the science centre is expected to attract more than 100.000 visitors every year, who can acquire knowledge through play by means of interactive exhibits, public workshops, a planetarium and an outdoor science park that is connected to the building’s two exhibition levels.

The Culture Yard is nominated for international award

The Culture Yard is nominated for the prestigious Structural Award 2011.

The Culture Yard in Elsinore is short listed for the Structural Awards 2011, which rewards the work of the worlds most talented structural designers, acknowledges their indispensible contribution to the built environment and showcases projects that lead the development of the industry.
 
The Culture Yard is short listed in two categories, Award for Arts or Entertainment Structures and Award for Community or Residential Structures, emphasizing the projects visionary structural design and capacity for providing demonstrable benefit to the local community.
 
We have constructed the Culture Yard in collaboration with Soren Jensen Consulting Engineers and the winning projects will be announced on Friday 18 November at the Marriott London Grosvenor Square Hotel in London.

The Culture Yard is included in recognised book series

The Culture Yard is highlighted in the new book A5 Copenhagen which shows the latest and most significant work by Danish architects.

The Culture Yard is among the signficant building projects that are included in A5 Copenhagen which is devoted to a selected group of Danish architects whose works represent the creative core of Danish architecture.
 
"The Culture Yard is designed as a hinge between the past and the present, reinforcing the identity of the local community, but at the same time expressing an international attitude," the editors of the book highlight.
 
A5 Architecture is a recognised book series focusing on architecture in selected global cities. The second edition of the series is devoted to Copenhagen-based architects for their reputation as some of the leading international architects.

Home for Life is highlighted in eco-friendly book

Home for Life is published in the new book Net Zero Energy Buildings which focuses on international projects of carbon neutrality in buildings.

Home for life is published in the new book Net Zero Energy Buildings which discusses 23 selected project ranging across different functional typologies and sizes to illustrate implemantation at different scales and in different climates.
 
“Through its great openness, Home for Life establishes clear relations between inside and outside. Energy consumption is reduced by solar gains through the numerous windows, which allow the interior to interact with nature,” the editors of the book highlight.
  
Home for Life is designed as the world’s first Active House. With an estimated energy surplus of 9 kWh/m2/year, it takes the house 35 years to produce the same amount of energy that was used to produce its materials, and by that time, the house will have returned more to nature than it has consumed.

Bikuben Student Residence is showcased in Copenhagen

We participate with Bikuben Student Residence in this summer’s major exhibition at the Danish Architecture Center.

We have been invited to participate in this summer’s major exhibition at the Danish Architecture Center. The exhibition entitled "What makes a livable city_" provides an insight into the huge changes that have taken place in Copenhagen in the past ten years – from the massive urban development programme at Ørestad to new cultural landmarks and green urban spaces in the old working-class areas.
 
We participate with Bikuben Student Residence which creates the optimal settings for student life and extends the possibility that unity can arise from a broad social network. Based on Bikuben Student Residence and other landmark projects the exhibition looks to the future, asking the question: how can we build on the experience of these past ten years and continue to create the right settings for growth and welfare in the future?
 
"What makes a livable city _" is an updated and expanded version of the official Danish contribution to the 12th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2010. The exhibition opens on the 10th of June and can be seen until the 23rd of October.

AART promotes danish architecture in Norway

To increase our focus on the Norwegian market we will participate in an exclusive Danish architecture campaign at the Danish Embassy in Oslo on the 31st of May.

In the recent years we have gained a solid foothold in Norway as we have won several international architecture competitions, including Østfold Hospital. To increase our Norwegian business we will participate in an exclusive Danish architecture campaign and exhibition at the Danish Embassy in Oslo on the 31st of May.
 
The campaign is arranged by the Danish Association of Architectural Firms and the Danish Embassy in Oslo, who have invited five of the leading architecture companies in Denmark to present their expertise in healthcare architecture. The campaign will market the Danish expertise to selected Norwegian developers for the purpose of creating a breeding ground for new projects in Norway for the participating companies.
 
“Danish architecture is known internationally as innovative: driven by new technologies, new aesthetics and new processes. Furthermore, Danish architecture is characterized by a holistic approach to architecture and a strong tradition of user-oriented and sustainable solutions,” the international consultant Peter Theibel from the Danish Association of Architectural Firms points out.

VUC Sønderjylland is nominated for award

The new education centre for VUC Sønderjylland in Denmark is in the running to receive WAN Award 2011.

The new education centre for VUC Sønderjylland in Denmark is short listed for the international award WAN Award Educational Sector 2011 which honours the most visionary educational architecture around the world.
 
“Multi-layered and visually engaging, the new education centre merges educational and public space. The overall openness and distinct angular forms contribute to a dynamic and socially integrated complex, encouraging students and teachers of various backgrounds and ages to freely mix,” WAN highlights.
 
According to WAN this year’s entries spanned an incredible range of architectural styles and as always reached to every corner of the globe.The winning project will be announced on the 19th of April.

The Waterhouse wins architecture award

The new headquarters for DANVA has been awarded the Danish award Bæredygtig Beton Prisen 2011.

The new headquarters for DANVA titled The Waterhouse has been awarded the Danish award Bæredygtig Beton Prisen 2011 (Sustainable Concrete Award 2011), an initiative to raise awareness of the sustainable qualities of concrete.
 
“The Waterhouse is an intriguing project which demonstrates how concrete can be used to create vibrant physical surroundings, ensuring the health of the future groundwater resources,” the jury highlights.
The biannual award honors architects, engineers and developers who set new standards for the innovative use of concrete, and the award reflects how we optimize our design decisions via a process of gathering, evaluating and applying the latest evidence from research and practice.

Home for Life is one of the best homes of 2010

Readers from around the world have selected Home for Life as one of the most inspiring homes of the year.

The international architecture website Freshome.com has published the 10 Best Sustainable Homes of 2010 as voted by the website’s readers and Home for Life has been voted into the top 10 list as one of the most creative and sustainable homes around the world.
 
With more than 1.9 million visitors per month Freshome.com is the voice of architect lovers worldwide and the website highlights, among others:
“Home for Life is said to be the first Active House on the planet, trying to make a statement in the field of architecture by emphasizing on low energy consumption and a low-carbon future...
 
Everything in this house is monitored and measured and before the project implementation many studies were necessary. Aside from its highly functional and eco value, this place is also very aesthetic.”
 
Read more about the best homes of 2010
 

AART supports the Global Compact

As a member of United Nations Global Compact we have handed in our first Communication on Progress report.

As a member of United Nations Global Compact we have handed in our first Communication on Progress (COP), formulating our commitment to internalizing the ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption into our strategy and day-to-day operations.
 
We joined United Nations Global Compact in 2008 as we believe in the necessity of promoting a new approach to architecture based on equality and responsibility, making sustainable thinking a vital part of our design process.
 
In other words, our predominant goal is to make vibrant and eco-friendly buildings and masterplans, contributing to enhance human wellbeing and the health of the global environment.
 
Read our COP report

AART nominated in major competition

We have won the third prize in the project competition for a new state prison in Denmark.

We have been awarded third prize in the competition for a new state prison at Falster in Denmark. Eight consultant teams were prequalified to participate in the first phase of the competition, but only three teams were selected to go through to the second and final phase.
 
Among these our team, including the architectural studios Kjaer & Richter and GBL Gruppen and the engineering firms Søren Jensen and Lemming & Eriksson, which proposal distinguishes itself by a clear expression and a convincing disposition, according to the Danish Prison and Probation Service.
 
The competition for the new state prison with a budget of more than one billion DKR has been challenging and inspiring and is an example of how we by participating in ambitious competitions continuously focus on developing our professional skills.

CuraVita participates in major hospital competition

We have been prequalified to participate in the project competition for one of the biggest hospital projects in Europe.

As a member of the consortium CuraVita we have been prequalified to participate in the competition for the forthcoming hospital in Gødstrup in Denmark which has a budget of more than four billion DKR and is expected to be among the largest construction sites in Europe.
 
As a member of CuraVita, including Danish Arkitema and Grontmij Carl Bro and Norwegian NSW and Hospitalitet, we are specialized in healing architecture and have a strong focus on the future development of the healthcare sector.
 
We look forward to participate in the competition for the new hospital project which will include both somatic and psychiatric features and has an estimated building area of 150.000m2. In the competition we are up against four consultant teams, including Danish White Architects, Niras and C.F. Møller as well as British BDP.

Home for Life wins design award

Home for Life has been awarded the international Green Good Design Award.

The CO2-neutral demonstration project Home for Life continues to generate international publicity. This time the energy efficient project has been awarded the international Green Good Design Award 2010 that celebrates the world’s leading sustainable architecture projects.
 
Home for Life is a result of a research and design development aimed at ensuring a necessary foothold in architecture in an anticipated low-carbon future and the sustainable project has created worldwide attention for being designed as the world’s first Active House.
The Green Good Design Award is awarded by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies and honours visionary architects, designers and developers for outstanding innovation and commitment in finding design solutions for a healthier and more sustainable global environment.

AART wins maritime school project

We have won the turnkey competition for a maritime school project at the historic waterfront of Skagen in Denmark.

In collaboration with the contracting firm Raunstrup and engineering firm Alectia we have won the turnkey competition for Skagen Skipperskole which will provide the framework for the future education of skippers and chief officers for the Danish fishing fleet and merchant marine.
 
"The proposal stands out by its convincing spatial quality. The proposed foyer creates a unique relationship between the floors and functions of the school which are assembled to a clear and spatially interesting whole that reflects the identity of the school in a very convincing way," the jury highlights.
The design of the building is based on the three elements the sea, the ship and the navigation which all are closely related to shipping, and by its sculptural form and unique location at the waterfront of Skagen the building will become a prominent landmark for the city. Five consultant teams participated in the competition for Skagen Skipperskole, which is expected to be inaugurated in November 2011.

The Culture Yard opens for the public

More than 10,000 visitors celebrated the inauguration of the Culture Yard which transforms an old shipbuilding yard into a modern cultural centre.

The Culture Yard in Elsinore in Denmark was inaugurated on the 10th of October where more than 10,000 visitors celebrated the new building which unites the days of yore with a top-tuned modern profile in a unified cultural and knowledge centre.
 
The 13,000m2 cultural centre has been created in the old shipbuilding yard at Elsinore Harbour and the crystalline facade of the building creates a clear identity that simultaneously contrasts and reflects the surrounding cityscape.
The Culture Yard is part of a master plan for the area around Kronborg Castle and Elsinore Harbour which redesigns the landscape around Kronborg, visually highlighting the castle and recreating historical fort structures in a modern design.

Home for Life is showcased in Brussel

As part of the events to mark the 20th Anniversary of ACE, Home for Life is showcased in the European Parliament in Brussel.

As part of the events to mark the 20th Anniversary of ACE (Architects Council of Europe) an exhibition of the best architecture from all corners of Europe that incorporate high design quality and a fully sustainable approach will be held in Brussels in the premises of the European Parliament from the 29th of November to the 3rd of December.
 
We are proud to announce that we have been selected to participate with the CO2-neutral demonstration project Home for Life which is designed as the world’s first Active House. With an estimated energy surplus of 9kWh/m2/year it takes approximately 40 years for the house to generate the same amount of energy that was used to produce its building materials and at that point the house will have returned more to nature than it consumed.
 
The forthcoming exhibition consists of a selection of the 33 best examples of sustainable architecture in Europe. After being exhibited at the premises of the European Parliament the exhibition will move to the Bozar cultural complex in the heart of Brussels for a period yet to be determined, where it will be open to the public.

The Waterhouse is inaugurated

On the 10th of September we inaugurated the new headquarters for DANVA which shows the path for the sustainable architecture of tomorrow.

The new headquarters for DANVA (Dansk Vand- og Spildevandsteknisk Forening) was inaugurated on the 10th of September and the members and staff of DANVA were very pleased with the building which faithful to the values of the association has been given the name The Waterhouse.
 
The 2,300m2 building shows the path for the architecture of tomorrow by using integrated energy design as well as a sustainable drainage design system called LAR (lokal afladning af regnvand, in English local rainwater drainage). Thereby the building not only minimizes the energy consumption, but also diverts the rainwater locally and hereby relieves the sewer systems, increases the groundwater resources and contributes to biodiversity.
 
In this way DANVA’s sustainable values permeate the building design which aesthetically is reflected in the perforated façade that up close creates abstract patterns, but from a distance gets into character by creating inspiring water motifs that support DANVA’s focus on water and wastewater engineering solutions.

AART meets the urban challenges in Venice

Together with colleagues from around the world we celebrated the opening of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition titled “People Meet in Architecture”.

On the 29th of August we participated in the opening of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition titled “People Meet in Architecture” and met with the Culture Minister of Denmark Per Stig Møller to discuss how we as a global society can develop architectural, flexible solutions to meet the urban challenges of the future.
 
The Culture Minister expressed great interest in Bikuben Student Residence, which is our contribution to the Danish pavilion titled “Q&A: Urban Questions _ Copenhagen Answers” and studies how architecture affects social relations and hereby will be able to optimise students’ social network and life quality in general.
 
The International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is the world’s most prestigious architecture exhibition and showcases 54 national pavilions and some of the world’s leading studios. In addition to participating in the opening we also went on a study tour to Venice, where we studied the unique architecture of the city and visited the many inspirational pavilions of the exhibition, since we regard study tours as a natural part of our continuous professional development.

In the running to design forensic psychiatry

We have been selected to go through to the final phase in the competition for designing a new forensic psychiatry in Denmark.

In collaboration with KPF Architects, Søren Jensen Consulting Engineers, Birk Nielsen, Skaarup & Jespersen and Michael Mullins, we have been selected to participate in the second and final phase in the competition for designing the new  forensic psychiatry in Middelfart in Denmark.
 
18 project teams participated in the prequalification, but only six teams moved on when the Psychiatry of Southern Denmark selected the best proposals and thus selected which teams will make offers on the total consulting service of the project, that has a budget of 237 million DKR and among other things includes an addition of 7,900m2.
 
In recent years we have focused on hospital architecture, and the competition for the new forensic psychiatry is in continuation of our architectural vision to create high-performance environments and healing architecture. Therefore, we see great opportunities in the contest where the winning proposal will be published in September.

AART wins rebuilding project

We have won the rebuilding and total renovation of the day care centre Svaneparken in Denmark.

In collaboration with Tækker Rådgivende Ingeniører we have won the rebuilding and total renovation of Svaneparken, which will be upgraded to a modern day care centre with space for 260 children divided in five separate institutions.
 
Faithful to both our and Frederiksberg municipality’s sustainable vision the renovation integrates several energy optimising solutions, while the outdoor areas integrate flexible activity spots and form a smooth transition between indoors and outdoors.
At the same time the renovation will show great respect for the existing park area and beautiful, classic building complex from 1920 which will maintain its distinctiveness, but also will be redesigned and rethought to ensure Svaneparken will provide an inspiring, eventful and safe framework for years to come.

Outdoor centre opens for the youth

We have inaugurated the FDF outdoor centre Ny Ingeborg which frames the outdoor life of the 21st century.

The FDF outdoor centre, Ny Ingeborg, was inaugurated on the 5th of June where contractors, builders, FDF-members and the mayors of Hvidovre and Halsnæs celebrated the new building.
 
Both mayors expressed in their inauguration speech that they were impressed by how the 800m2 building reflects and contrasts the scenic landscape of the inlet of Roskilde and provides the framework for a wide range of experiences for children and adolescents.
 
Ny Ingeborg has been developed in close cooperation with FDF Hvidovre and meets the association’s vision to design the outdoor centre of the 21st century by creating a CO2-neutral framework for the eventful camp life of the future.

AART nominated in Norway

We have been awarded the third prize in the international project competition for a new concert hall in Norway.

We have been awarded the third prize in the open international competition for a new library and blues concert hall in Notodden, Norway. 73 proposals from 15 countries participated in the competition.
 
Our proposal, titled River Blues, is created as a visionary icon of Notodden’s transformation from industrial city to cultural centre and is an example of how we by participating in open international competitions continuously try to develop our professional skills.
 
Open international competitions have a high level of ambition and freedom which strengthens our architectural creativity, and during the past years we have won or been awarded honourable awards in more than half of the competitions we have participated in. Among these The Culture Yard in Elsinore, which we won in a similar competition in 2006.

AART is recognised in nordic book

In the new book Nordic Architects we unfold our design thinking and quest for unifying practical and poetical elements.

The new book Nordic Architects provides an important snapshot of Nordic architectural practice in the early 21st century by presenting some of the most dynamic architects in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
 
We are pleased to be among the selected architects and in the book we unfold our recent work and vision to challenge and develop the Nordic architectural tradition.
 
“Everything we do involves the quest for the good life and the desire to make the world a better place. Architecture must be based on the joy of being and, by unifying practical and poetical elements, sublime becomes reality,” we point out in the book.

AART wins school project

We have won the project competition for the new VUC Sønderjylland in Haderslev in Denmark.

In collaboration with ZENI Architects and engineers COWI we have been appointed as winner of the visionary competition “the education centre of the future” at the waterfront of Haderslev, Denmark.
 
The five storey and 6.500m2 education centre will be the new headquarter for VUC (adult education centre) in southern Denmark and sets new standards for the education facilities of the future by focusing on healthy indoor environment, low energy consumption and cultural experiences.
Our primary goal is to develop an educational space in which the sharing of cultural experiences will naturally arise, bolstered in part by an active rethinking of what a healthy and comfortable indoor environment entails. Multi-layered and visually engaging, the design offers an updated model for the seamless integration of educational and public space.