Multistorey car park Aarhus / Danmark

Multistorey car park

The new multistorey car park is located next to the future emergency department at the New University Hospital in Aarhus. It includes 700 parking spaces for patients and their families; additionally, on the roof, it has a heliport, so that patients arriving by helicopter can be transported directly to the emergency department. In the winning building design, we have placed an emphasis on providing the setting for a safe and distinctive parking environment. For instance, our design includes introducing a one-way traffic system in the car park, with space for a pedestrian zone on each side of the one-way traffic lane. In addition, our design incorporates broad ramps to increase the safety, overview and maneuvering possibilities.
Daylight, visibility and interaction with the surroundings have also been essential design parameters. With its rational building structure, the new car park will adapt to the hospital in both form and facade. For instance, the base of bricks will be closely aligned with the hospital, while the upper floors will be covered with slats of bright, anodized aluminium sheets. The angle of the slats vary concurrently with the facade structure in order to create a dynamic expression, which leads the eye naturally towards the entrance to the car park. The dynamic expression is further accentuated by the window sections that contribute to the experience of a bright and welcoming car park.


parkering spaces and one heliport

Psychiatry Cluster Gødstrup / Denmark

Psychiatry Cluster

The psychiatry cluster gathers psychiatry in central and western Jutland, both geographically and across adult, child and adolescent psychiatry. The group comprises wards, outpatient treatment, office spaces and common areas and enables a coherent course of treatment between psychiatry and somatic care as an integral part of the new hospital in Gødstrup.
The psychiatry cluster supports the idea of a collected hospital, where the various clinical specialties work closely together in an integrated treatment environment. The treatment environment creates efficient flows between psychiatric and somatic care within the framework of a rational building structure that allows for great flexibility and elasticity in relation to the clinical treatment environment.
The idea of a collected hospital is reflected in the architecture, where the clear, orthogonal structure of the general hospital is extended, albeit in a scaled-down format suited to the psychiatric function. The design takes basis in a porous main structure, where the architectural concept stems from the distinctive landscape of the area and provides space for 14 courtyards. The design of the general hospital is based on the same concept, where the focus is on spaciousness and horizontality.
The psychiatry cluster thereby forms part of an architectural whole, while the outer and inner surroundings provide a safe treatment environment, where the particular needs and circumstances of the psychiatric specialties are taken into account from a total perspective and down to the smallest detail. Light and transparency are key in the design of the cluster, with its bright interior and constant contact with the outdoor areas, distinguishing it from traditional psychiatric treatment environments where dark, labyrinthine corridors often characterise the experience.

15000 m2

psychiatry cluster at the new hospital in Gødstrup

Sønderborg Multicultural Centre Sønderborg / Denmark

Sønderborg Multicultural Centre

Sønderborg Multicultural Centre (in Danish, 'Sønderborg Multikulturhus') connects the past with the future, the city with the water and culture with learning. As a historical, urban and cultural mediator, it creates new contexts that benefit, delight and inspire the public and visitors. It highlights the development of Sønderborg's waterfront by bringing together several of the city's cultural institutions (including Sønderborg Library, Southern Jutland’s Art School and Visit Sønderborg) and transforms the former industrial harbour into a recreational part of the city with a focus on learning, culture and experiences.
The cultural centre is an important part of the realisation of Frank Gehry's master plan for Sønderborg's waterfront. With its close proximity to both the waterfront and the historic city centre, the building inscribes itself within a particular context. It thus directs itself 360 degrees towards the city and harbour, while engaging with the surrounding buildings – particularly the old Ewer’s Warehouse, which has been preserved and integrated as a natural part of the cultural centre and its many internal functions.
As a counterbalance to the many internal functions, the cultural centre is based on a simple and clear concept. It is based on one single unit that rotates on its own axis. The unit’s rotation allows for a dynamic, sculptural design that opens up the cultural centre from several angles, working as a cog in Frank Gehry's master plan for the waterfront.
The surroundings have been highly influential in shaping the cultural centre. This applies not least to Ewer’s Warehouse, which is, as previously mentioned, integrated as a natural part of the cultural centre. The old warehouse and the new part of the cultural centre harmonise in terms of material and scale, while a transparent middle building links the two elements as a single social and functional unit.
In many ways, the middle building expresses the essence of the cultural centre’s fundamental objective, i.e. to connect. Located in the field of tension between the warehouse and the new part of the cultural centre, the middle building literally connects the past with the future. With its transparent design, it also connects the city with the water, just as it connects the cultural centre’s functions across its floors.

5600 m2

multicultural centre including library, art school etc.


The Waterfront Stavanger / Norway

The Waterfront

Designed as one of the largest wooden residential developments in Europe, the Waterfront (in Norwegian, 'Vannkanten') positions Stavanger as a pioneer city in the field of modern wooden architecture. Stavanger has the highest concentration of wooden architecture in Northern Europe, and the vision behind the Waterfront is thus to create an iconic and vibrant development, expressing a local identity and a global vision.
The Waterfront includes 128 freehold flats (ranging from 44 to 225 m2) as well as shops and cafes along the promenade. The lower flats are designed as single storied flats, while the upper flats are designed as duplexes, offering a compelling spatiality and magnificent view of the sea. All of the flats are lit from both sides in order to provide a comfortable atmosphere and utilise the captivating view of the sea and the city.
The freehold flats of varying size, shape and height promote a diversity of life styles, enriching everyday life and the social interaction between different people. This social ambition also manifests itself in the cafes along the promenade, the many public squares and the large communal room on the first floor in the centre of the building complex, overlooking the community square, the promenade and the sea.
The vibrant atmosphere is enhanced by the persistent irregularity of lines and volumes that shape the Waterfront's wooden architecture. Furthermore, the daring angular volumes are moulded in relation to the wind and the sun for the purpose of creating a dynamic play of light and shadow during the day. In this way, the development systematically uses the energy from the sun to reduce the demand for energy, while the slanting roof surfaces create optimal lighting conditions by bringing sunlight into the public squares and freehold flats.

"The Waterfront is praised as the largest wooden development in Northern Europe and all the judges agree on the interesting aesthetic that the project brings to the table, that the plans are working, and that it is artful."
Chairman of the jury / WAN Residential Award 2011

19500 m2

residential development on Stavanger harbourfront

Vestmyra Public School Fauske / Norway

Vestmyra Public School

Vestmyra Public School (in Norwegiean, 'Vestmyra Skole') is located in Vestmyra in Northern Norway. Surrounded by mountains and fjords, it consists of a rebuilding of the existing elementary school (1st through 4th grades) and the addition of a new middle school (5th through 10th grade) with the corresponding administration, classrooms, special education facilities, and gym.
The school is designed as a learning environment divided into zones. The individual class levels and classrooms are connected to the school’s central assembly room like two spokes of a wheel that extend out toward a green activity park. The assembly room is the heart of the school. It is connected to the two spokes by a street that constitutes the main traffic artery of the school.
Being the central common areas of the school, the street and the assembly room are characterized by an obvious transparency with great openness across all floors and functions; the window facades and the skylights cause the daylight and the surroundings to penetrate deep into the school. Thus, daylight is a consistent theme in the school where the window facades in the assembly room, along with the composition of shifted building wings, create a bright and stimulating learning environment.

9350 m2

rebuilding and new building of a public school

Pioneer Museum Esbjerg Esbjerg / Denmark

Pioneer Museum Esbjerg

The purpose of the concept project is to revitalize Esbjerg Museum, so that the museum acts as a modern cultural and learning centre that presents new perspectives on Esbjerg's history and appeals to new groups of visitors. The ambition is thus to redefine the museum's role and profile in the city by making its architecture, interior design and exhibitions inspiring and relevant for children, youths and adults.
The concept project rethinks Esbjerg Museum by reaching back and rediscovering Esbjerg's unique history as a pioneer town. The future museum will therefore be named "Pioneer Museum Esbjerg" and will include themes from the cultural history of the modern city, such as The Pioneer City Esbjerg, Esbjerg Future Lab, Esbjerg before Esbjerg and the period of the WWII occupation with an archive, exhibition and a learning centre for the Holocaust.
Emphasis has been placed on ensuring that the museum appeals to both the senses and the emotions. For example, new forms of communication will allow visitors to immerse themselves in the history of the city in new ways. This will be achieved through, among other things, interactive exhibits where visitors can learn about Esbjerg's history through play, while a new interactive façade will mark the museum as a modern and distinctive cultural institution in the city-scape.

The Warehouses Aarhus / Denmark

The Warehouses

The Warehouses (in Danish, 'Pakhusene') comprises five tower blocks offering a total floor area of 35,000 m2. Three of the blocks will be built in the initial construction phase and will have a total floor area of 15,000 m2 – with 9,000 m2 of commercial space in two of the blocks and 1,500 m2 of commercial and 4,500 m2 of residential space in the third block.
The project is based on an aspiration to create new perspectives on the way in which buildings are developed and utilised. The aim is therefore to construct a different kind of environment that will support a thriving and diverse neighbourhood where life is lived 24 hours a day and incorporate the area’s available commercial spaces.
When employees leave for the weekend, the residents of the neighbourhood could, for example, use these commercial spaces for wide-ranging and inclusive social purposes. Canteens could be turned into the neighbourhood’s preferred restaurants while meeting facilities could be converted into venues for lectures, art exhibitions or parties.
The vision for the Warehouses is not as a traditional commercial property which has been designed by the owner and for which tenants have subsequently been found. Instead, the vision is for a flexible and very different development whose future users will have great influence on and involvement in the space – both in terms of concept and interior layout and design.

35000 m2

mixed-use development at the new harbourfront in Aarhus

Health centre Frederiksberg / Denmark

Health centre

Surrounded by the Deaconess Foundation's historic buildings, the new health centre will be located on Peter Bangs Vej in Frederiksberg, Denmark. The health centre will form an angle with balconies opening the centre up towards the atrium. The existing brick façades will make up the other two walls in the glass-covered atrium, which will filter the daylight and draw it far into the house.
The health centre will thereby be built alongside the existing brick buildings around the atrium, which will become the Deaconess Foundation’s new meeting place with a cafeteria, café, meeting rooms and space for exhibitions and larger events.
The atrium has been designed as an open, public space, while the healthcare specialties will be distributed around the atrium in the health centre and the existing brick buildings. The medical specialties consist of private general practitioners, psychologists and other healthcare specialties, exercise facilities, a Living Lab for the testing of welfare technology and much more.
Inspired by the core values of the Deaconess Foundation, the tree has been used as a metaphor for the health centre. Drawing inspiration from the tree, the health centre has been designed as a warm, friendly building that embraces people with many different needs, but who are brought together under one roof, under one treetop, that gathers the many functions and makes the Deaconess Foundation visible to the public.
Towards Peter Bangs Vej, the health centre’s upper floors will be enveloped by a light screen with a pixellated subject, reminiscent of the tree, and in materials that harmonise beautifully with the historical brick buildings. In the evening, the exterior will change character as the interior light penetrates the façade’s openings and illuminates the area around Peter Bangs Vej.

8600 m2

health centre for the Deaconess Foundation

The Voss Technical College Voss / Norway

The Voss Technical College

The Voss Technical College (in Norwegian, 'Voss vidaregåande skule') will be located in scenic surroundings in the heart of Fjord Norway, featuring six vocational education programs with a total college population of 380 students and 100 employees. The college will be Norway's largest school, where facades, interior walls and the bearing constructions are all built of solid wood.
The college is based on a clear architectural concept where the vocational programs are distributed in an H-composition of rectangular building units, which stretch out from a large common area (the college square) towards the green landscape. In addition to the vocational programs, the college will also include a multi-purpose hall, providing space for sports and cultural events. The college is thus designed as a diverse cultural and educational center.
The various rooms and features of the college are also clearly articulated in the façade. The college has much to offer in terms of contact between inside and outside due to the college square, which has a view of both courtyards, and the cafeteria, with a view towards the water. With its architectural composition and large windows and skylights, the college provides a bright and comfortable learning environment. A learning environment where daylight and scenic views are highly prioritized, and the college square along with the multi-purpose hall provide space for community and cultural experiences.

11000 m2

technical college featuring six vocational education programs

Multistorey car park Silkeborg / Denmark

Multistorey car park

The car park is located next to the Regional Hospital Silkeborg, Denmark, and has 330 parking spaces, including 21 handicap-friendly parking spaces. The floors are well planned with large parking spaces, manoeuvring areas, driveways and ramps, so the experience of driving and manoeuvring is safe, clear and enjoyable.
The car park is equipped with a graphic wayfinding concept that provides an optimal view while creating easily understood pedestrian routes in and out of the car park. It thus provides a safe parking environment with plenty of natural and artificial light and good views of the floors and surroundings.
Finally, the car park is matched to the site and the surroundings, and its materials harmonise with the existing hospital buildings. The facade is open and bright and consists of brick slats resting on a green base.

10000 m2

multistorey car park


Neurorehabilitation Centre Glostrup / Denmark

Neurorehabilitation Centre

The new neurorehabilitation centre is integrated in a strong, functional, cohesive unit with the existing Glostrup Hospital. It is intended to create a smooth patient journey with high-quality patient experiences, organisation and professional services. The centre offers 125 ward beds for rehabilitation of patients with severe brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. In addition, it has training facilities equipped with advanced rehabilitation technology, a training pool, and a multi-functional training hall as well as outpatient clinics and sections dedicated to research.
The centre has been designed based on the concept of a rehabilitation universe that combines state-of-the-art knowledge on healing architecture with highly specialised physical frameworks. Located to the west of the existing hospital, it is situated in green parkland -  and appears as two white buildings emerging from the countryside. The base anchors the centre in the park, and its structure ensures flexibility and elasticity for the services it provides.
In the middle of the centre, the base rises to a vertical central block that forms a framework around the centre's community. The base and central block house common functions. This is where the patient arrives. The central block, with its large glass areas providing views out over the park, functions as the centre's visual and organisational anchor point. From the central block there is easy access to all of the centre's floors and services.
Contact with the countryside is a common thread running through the design of the centre. It provides the patients, relatives and personnel unique contact with the nearby outside areas and with the recreational qualities of the surrounding parkland. All services thus have a relationship with green landscapes – either as views out over the park's large green areas or to more intimate, landscaped gardens in and around the building.

25000 m2

neurorehabilitation centre at Glostrup Hospital

Örebo University Hospital Örebro / Sverige

Örebo University Hospital

The expansion of Örebo University Hospital is characterised partly by an urban context and partly by the creation of healing and highly specialised conditions for both patients and staff. As well as wards, operating theatres and specialist same-day surgery services distributed throughout the new building, there are also a new lobby and main entrance, which face Södra Grev Rosengatan.
The expansion of Örebo University Hospital is a fine balance between the hospital's existing buildings and the surrounding, lower brick buildings. In order to create a smooth transition between the city and the hospital, the expansion includes an open reception square, which creates a safe and welcoming setting for visitors.
This comfortable and welcoming reception context is enhanced by the layout of the new expansion, in which three staggered, L-shaped buildings scale down the existing building structure, create optimal daylight and pleasant views, and provide space for green courtyards facing Södra Grev Rosengatan. This invests the expansion with a comb-like structure, which, externally, gives the surroundings a recreational quality, while internally creating a healthy and safe environment for the patients.
The comb-like structure also helps to optimise the staff’s working procedures. Manageable spatial sequences, short transport routes and logical placement of central functions facilitate working relationships within and across departments. Meanwhile, patient and staff flows are separated, thus supporting an excellent and efficient working environment.

VUC Syd Haderslev / Denmark


Inspired by its unique location on Haderslev harbourfront the new education centre has been designed as an atrium building, with a 360° view of the town and the harbour. The education centre's terraces are a key element in its expression. In a movement, which starts right down at ground level and ends up on the building's top floor, the terraces twine around the house, uniting indoors and outdoors in a single gesture.
But the education centre is not only about making a distinctive mark on Haderslev's waterfront. It also provides the setting for a future-oriented, flexible and digital educational environment by combining expertise with modern information technology and innovative teaching methods. So the education centre has no permanent classrooms. Instead, it has been designed as an open, digital educational environment, united by the atrium and the staggered staircase at the heart of the building.
To create a manageable educational environment the floors have been divided into subject areas. The first floor is dedicated to science subjects, the second floor to cultural subjects and the third floor to modern languages. Thus the education centre challenges the traditional notion of a school built up on the basis of permanent classrooms, in favour of a more flexible model in relation both to distribution of space and the flow of the students. VUC Syd's GODS principles have resulted in an unconventional and far more vibrant educational environment, in which group areas, presentation spaces, dialogue cubicles and quiet zones allow for more diverse approaches to education.
Modern IT has been given high priority in the design and layout of this education centre. For example, every student is issued with his/her own iPad or MacBook, while a total of 165 digital screens have been integrated as a natural component of the educational environment. Contact to the town and the waterfront has also been given high priority. This finds expression in the public ground floor, which encompasses the public space into the education center and includes a culture café and lecture theatre, which provides space for larger-scale and group events.

“Multi-dimensional and visually impressive, the project provides an updated model for the perfect integration of the learning environment and the public space.”
Dutton Hauhart / The international architecture magazine A10

8600 m2

education centre on Haderslev harbourfront

Torstvedt School Larvik / Norway

Torstvedt School

Torstvedt School is located in beautiful, scenic surroundings at the foot of the mountain at Larvik in Norway. The school houses four parallel classes from 1st form to 7th form, distributed in a composition of square buildings, which radiate from a central, communal square in the direction of a green activity landscape. In addition to the regular classes, the school also houses a kindergarten, a family centre and a multi-purpose hall. Indeed, the school was intended and designed to be a diverse educational and cultural centre, which exudes learning, activity and cultural experiences.
The school provides the framework for a stimulating and innovative learning environment, where the composition of square buildings opens up the school to the activity landscape in the south. Meanwhile, the multi-purpose hall has a more compact expression, facing the mountain in the north. The interaction between the staggered buildings invests the school with an evocative atmosphere, because the many passages between the buildings create space for informal social encounters and provide a variety of views across the common room out to the activity landscape.
The common room is located at the heart of the school and serves on an everyday basis as an informal space, providing room for community, contemplation and cultural experiences, and uniting the schools together as a social and functional entity. This means that the common room serves as a multifunctional space, in which the stairways create a wealth of niches and plateaus, around which the life of the school takes place. Each of the seven different school years has a floor to itself in the three square building volumes.

Kungälv Hospital Kungälv / Sweden

Kungälv Hospital

The basic vision of the project is to perpetuate the hospital's existing qualities, while creating a new, future-proof hospital, in which the patient is at the centre. This vision is reflected, for example, in the diverse heights and lengths of the new ward buildings, which create an elegant interplay with the existing hospital building. This both preserves and develops the character of the hospital. Together with the ward buildings, angled grouping enhances the hospital's relationship to its setting and scenic surroundings.
In parallel with the hospital's present connecting building, the project also includes a new connecting building, which provides efficient flow and easily negotiable routes for staff, patients and relatives. The new connecting building is also designed to meet patient and family needs in terms of both privacy and social contact.
This interaction between privacy and social contact is one of the project's main priorities. The aim is to offer patients and relatives varying degrees of social interaction: ranging from single-bed wards and secluded alcoves to open corridors and common dining rooms. The project also facilitates a wide range of activities in the green courtyard and the new lobby, where it is possible to organise exhibitions or other events. 
The new main entrance helps both to enhance the hospital's character and to provide a warm welcome for visitors and patients. The openness and choice of materials of the main entrance also create cohesion between the arrival area, the connecting building and the new ward buildings. This finds particular expression in the façades, on which perforated steel plates and a varied lattice structure create different degrees of transparency and variable natural light in the course of the day.

"The diverse heights and lengths of the new ward buildings create a convincing interplay with the existing hospital."
The jury report / Region Västra Götaland
Horsens State School Horsens / Denmark

Horsens State School

The new science building is based on a clear concept that interacts with Horsens State School’s historic main building and marks the original gardens. Based on the geometries of the building complex the science building preserves the symmetries of the existing building complex. The science building thus reflects the context, which is enhanced by the curved carvings that open the science building towards the main building and the scenic gardens.
In order to fulfil Horsens State School’s vision the science 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 gardens. The science building is thus designed as a compact volume with a double high common room which opens the building on the outside and on the inside. A staircase is integrated as a sculptural element at the centre of the common room. The staircase is visible from the entrance and is designed as a vital place in the building, which in this way will ooze of life, learning and science.
The openness is also reflected in the exterior of the building. Towards south the building extends towards the scenic gardens while towards north it opens towards the main building. In addition, its simple and tight brick architecture reflects the main building. The choice of yellow bricks expresses the same honesty and simplicity as the functionalistic main building. However, at the same time the brick façade gives the science building a distinctive character as the curved carving on the arrival facade challenges the traditional use and expressions in terms of brick architecture.

"The proposal represents the most clear, architectural icon value. The proposal expresses a clear identity: This is where science live."
The jury report / Horsens State School
Musholm Korsør / Denmark


Musholm is located at the beautiful Danish coastline and pushes the potential of accessible architecture. In fact, it is recognized as one of the world's most accessible holiday, sports and conference resorts for people with disabilities.
The expansion of Musholm is divided into two sections in the form of a new multi-purpose sports hall and a number of new holiday flats. The multi-purpose sports hall is located at the heart of the resort, while the flats are located in its periphery.
The activities spread in ever-widening circles from the sports hall to the flats by which the expansion provides a dynamic and fully accessible layout for the future resort. The layout not only pushes the potential of accessible architecture. It also offers panoramic view of the bay and the scenic surroundings from the sports hall and the flats.
The multi-purpose 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 sets new standards for accessible architecture and invites people with disabilities to play, participate and create new friendships.
In this way, the expansion not only carries on the resort’s architectural quality and atmosphere. The expansion also raises the bar for accessible architecture by providing all visitors the opportunity to enjoy an active and physically challenging holiday.
Thus, the expansion sets new standards for how accessible architecture can be implemented into architecture and how architecture can be infused with a distinctive sensuality in order to create a comfortable and engaging environment.

Nunatakken Herlufmagle / Denmark


Nunatakken has been designed as a multifunctional outdoor centre, located in the scenic, rolling landscape of Herlufmagle, Denmark. The name, which means ‘cliff’ in Greenlandic, was inspired by the glacial period’s shaping of the landscape and refers to the outdoor centre’s distinctive shape. As if the ice has just melted and the water has leaked into the nearby stream, the outdoor centre is shaped like a cliff that rises out of the ground. It has a 15-metre-high climbing wall, the top of which serves as a viewing platform, especially for bird watchers and stargazers.
The outdoor centre is an example of how a scout association and a municipality together with a number of other groups and independent users have been able to combine their needs together. It has been designed as a multifunctional building that creates an attractive venue for scouts, schools, day-care centres, an ornithological club, a climbing club, etc.
To meet the needs of different users, the outdoor centre’s functions have been divided into five areas in the shape of a star, integrating the outdoor centre naturally into the landscape. The star shape makes a strong architectural statement and provides an iconographic image of the site and the building, which can be used in the branding of the centre.
The central communal room, which has been named “The Star Room", frames the arrival and access to the other rooms. The name of the communal room explains itself when the users look up at the starry night sky through the large skylight. From the communal room, the other rooms stretch out towards the surrounding landscape. They include facilities for the scouts, offices, workshops and an outdoor, roofed "overnight stay exploratorium".

Mushroom Denmark


The Mushroom combines floor and ceiling into a single architectural concept, in which all functions are arranged around, and integrated into the core of the retreat. In this way, it conveys the essence of wooden architecture.
Glass walls with sliding window sections discreetly shield the retreat's open space, so that the wooden architecture merges naturally with the surroundings, and indoors and outdoors become one, atmospheric spatiality. If required, white curtains can screen the space, either fully or partially.
Inspired by the scenic surroundings, the floor, ceiling and interior have been constructed out of pine planks. The close proximity to the countryside is also reflected in the very heart of the wooden retreat, where the toilet and bathroom are clad with natural stone. The central "super furniture", which constitutes the core, contains built-in storage space, beds, lofts, kitchen work surface, dining table and a fireplace.
The design philosophy behind Mushroom is to strip wooden architecture down to its essence so that you need just the right amount of shapes and functions to convey what you need to convey.


Aabyen Grenaa / Denmark


The five villas are poised on a dark, natural stone base, which links them to the landscape in the vicinity of the Grenaa creek. The villas rise from this dark base like light, sculptural formations, while a combination of fixed and moveable panels in light-coloured wood rounds off their white surfaces.
The villas suit perfectly the scale of the site and are built together across property lines, so they come across as a coherent neighbourhood with densely built-up spatialities and a beautiful view of the creek and the green landscape.
The design of the villas is based on two simple principles: the best possible view and as much sunlight as possible. So the three northernmost villas have been built with three storeys, and between the villas there are intimate, south-facing courtyards, providing maximum sunlight and space for outdoor activities.
The two southernmost villas have been designed according to the same principle. But they have been built with two storeys, to allow the villas behind an unimpeded south-facing view. These two villas have narrow, south-facing gardens, directly located on the banks of the creek, thus enhancing their contact with the creek and the landscape.

Midtbyskolen Aarhus / Denmark


Midtbyskolen (in English, the City Centre School) was conceived and designed as a diverse environment for children and young people, and works in close collaboration with local associations and providers of leisure activities. The vision at the heart of the school is to bring together kindergarten and school, leisure and after-school activities in one single gesture. The design is like an “age-wheel”, in which individual clusters radiate out towards the activity landscape. Pupils start at ground level then, as they grow, move up through the building. By way of support for this concept, the school is united by a large common room, which opens up the building and provides a setting for a strong school community.
In the common room a main staircase rises in a floating spiral movement up through the building. As a learning tool on several levels, the staircase unites the building into a single learning environment, in which natural daylight penetrates right into the common room from the floor-to-ceiling windows along the façade and from the large, round skylight. The interplay between the horizontal and vertical movement of the common room creates a wide range of links and movement options, and a wealth of niches and observation posts in the large common room. 
Contact with the surroundings and exposure to the outdoor areas are high priorities in the school’s design. The close contact with the environment is reflected in the green terraced landscape, which opens the school to its surroundings by enhancing the relationship between indoors and outdoors. This provides excellent recreational options during playtime and makes it possible to include the outdoor space in teaching. In a dynamic flow, starting right down at ground level and ending up on the school’s top floor, the outdoor space winds around the building and unites the green outdoor areas into one eventful whole.

Svaneparken Birkerød / Denmark


Svaneparken was built in 1920 as a hospital and housed until the 1980s an asylum for mentally ill patients. After an extensive renovation and rebuilding the old hospital has been transformed into a modern day-care centre with five integrated day-care centres, where specially designed fixtures create a colorful and playful environment.
The exterior has been renovated with respect to the building's history, while the interior has been redesigned in the desire to create an exciting environment and a strong sense of community among the five day-care centres. A two-storey communal room is situated at the heart of the building, and by implementing glass panels in varying sizes and shapes the room creates visual contact between the day-care centres and allows the 250 children to play and form friendships between the day-care centres.
All the fixtures are specially designed based on the building structure and the latest research in pedagogy. The specially designed fixtures challenge the traditional approach to the design of day-care centres, as the fixtures merge with the building and create a colorful and playful landscape of niches, plateaus, caves and sliding furniture, where only the children's imagination sets the limits .
The playful environment extends to the outdoor areas, which provide the setting for a wide range of activities. The design of the park shows respect for the historical qualities and scenic surroundings, and just like the interior, the park is built around a common zone with the possibility of joint activities, e.g. an orchard or an amphitheater. The common zone is surrounded by five separate gardens which form a private zone for each of the five day-care centres and allow the children to retreat and find peace of mind, whether they play inside or outside.

Acute Care Centre Viborg / Denmark

Acute Care Centre

The new acute care centre at Viborg Hospital expresses a holistic approach to hospital architecture where functional and sensuous solutions are mutually reinforcing. Based on a sophisticated organization and further development of the clinical structure, the vision behind the new acute care centre is to create a holistic hospital construction, where functional and sensuous solutions are combined into a whole. Thus the goal is to create an efficient and flexible hospital with a human presence and strong architectural statement.
In order to create an efficient workflow for the staff and a secure flow of patients, the acute care centre is divided into two tracks: a public track containing each department’s reception and waiting areas, as well as a screened department track providing the framework for the departments on each floor. In this way, the transportation of lying patients is screened from the public zone, which not only provides an effective workflow for the staff, but also secure and respectful environment for the patients.
The new acute care centre is six storeys and is placed right next to the existing hospital. Building wings stretch towards the landscape to the east to take advantage of the views of the city, the lake and the green open spaces. Inspired by the unique location on the range of hills in the heart of the city, the interaction with context as a recurring theme in the design of the new acute care centre which offers patients, relatives and personell a captivating view of the surroundings from each floor of the building.
The close relation to the surroundings is reflected in the many terraces, roof gardens and courtyards that provide direct access and visibility to the green, recreational outdoor spaces on all floors. In addition, the new main entrance and lobby offer a unique view of the lake and creates an entirely new arrival experience to the hospital.


"The project is very carefully worked out and provides a good patient and staff flow, focusing on integrity and efficiency."
The jury report / Central Denmark Region
The Hindsgavl Nature Centre Middelfart / Denmark

The Hindsgavl Nature Centre

The Hindsgavl Nature Centre is designed as a sustainable outdoor centre that conveys the natural and cultural history of the Hindsgavl Deer Park, including the Hindsgavl Castle. In addition to teaching, exhibition and office functions, the wooden building houses a number of facilities for scouts, school children and other visitors who enjoy the outdoor life.
The wooden building is designed as a passive house and an inspiring site for a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. The design of the wooden building supports the outdoor life in all kinds of weather, all hours of the day. For instance, the wooden building has a vantage point on the roof which is covered with vegetation and grass, planted over a waterproofing membrane.
From the vantage point visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the scenic surroundings. The building design thus provides an inspiring activity spot for the many aspects of outdoor life by interacting with the surrounding landscape and reinforcing the relation between indoors and outdoors.
The wooden building reinforces the relation between indoors and outdoors by using large window sections and decorating the inner walls with solid wood. The wooden inner walls create a tactile atmosphere which is enhanced by the polished concrete floors. Just like the inner walls, the facade is made of solid wood elements. However, in contrary to the inner walls, the facade is painted black in order to create a cohesive expression and a clear contrast to the scenic surroundings.

"The Hindsgavl Nature Centre will become an active and attractive venue. In addition, the wooden building is economically and environmentally sustainable and interacts beautifully with the surrounding landscape."
Steen Dahlstrøm // Mayor of Middelfart
Hotel Scandic Aarhus City Aarhus / Denmark

Hotel Scandic Aarhus City

Hotel Scandic Aarhus City is located in the centre of Aarhus and combines 150 years of city history into a modern architectural whole. Behind a beautifully ornamented facade from the 19th century you will find this 18,000 m2 hotel which includes restaurant and conference facilities and 228 rooms allocated on six floors. The hotel is located a stone’s throw from the central railway station and right next to the pedestrian street.
Hotel Scandic Aarhus City combines the city centre’s historic atmosphere with modern hotel facilities. For instance, the dark brown facade reflects the neighbouring buildings’ reddish brown hue. In addition, the bright bands give the facade rhythm and reflect the neighbouring buildings’ white ornaments, enhancing the buildings’ horizontal divisions and window openings.
In order to bring a new, modern dimension to the city centre, the hotel is designed as a sharp-edged corner building with vast glass facades which are divided by varied facade sections. The facade sections are made of aluminium and create a clear contrast to the area’s historic brick architecture, for instance the former warehouse building along Hans Hartvig Seedorffs Stræde.
The contrast between new and old is particularly being expressed along Østergade where the hotel has preserved the beautifully ornamented facade from the 19th century. The facade originally framed the city’s popular local hall and is one of the city’s best preserved 19th century facades.
Last, but not least, the hotel attaches great importance to the environment. For instance, there are solar panels on the roof that supply the hotel with 90 per cent of the electricity used in the hotel rooms. The hotel is also designed as one of Denmark's most accessible hotels, with 22 rooms for disabled people and a fully-accessible conference area.

Aalborg University Hospital Aalborg / Denmark

Aalborg University Hospital

The proposal for the new Aalborg University Hospital is designed as strong, sensuous and significant building complex which achieves the highest architectural quality and offers treatment and research facilities of international format. At the same time the sensuous details and clear overview make the patients and employees feel welcome and comfortable.
In order to ensure effective working procedures and the best possible flexibility, the wards and treatment facilities are placed along a through-going hospital street, so the different specialities are made visible and are able to exhange area in the short and long run. It also applies for the research facilities which are placed near the patient treamt facilities. In addition, the auditorium is placed by the main entrance in order to highlight the hospital’s researchbased qualities.
The proposal attaches great importance to the close contact with the surrounding nature, as research shows that green surroundings have a positive impact of the wellbeing and ability to recover. Therefore, the building complex is designed as an open and dynamic structure which interacts with and stretches out towards the rolling countryside.
In this way, the close contact with nature has lead to a clear, architectural concept, consisting of a rustic base of bright concrete on which a light comb structure of vertical wards is placed. In addition, the through-going, high-ceilinged hospital street links together all functions and provides a clear overview for the patients and employees.

”The design and choice of material appear beautiful and characterful. The proposal’s linear composition along the central hospital street combine effective logistics with a clear overview and great spatial qualities.”
Jury report / The North Denmark Region
Office building for Borregaard Sarpsborg / Norway

Office building for Borregaard

Borregaard owns and operates the world’s most advanced biorefinery. Based on Borregaard’s innovation work in green carbon the sustainable office building frames the company’s brand by combining a wide range of eco-friendly features into an architectural whole.
The sustainable office building is characterised by its openness which manifests itself in the accommodating arrivals square, the bright lobby and the crystalline facade. From the arrivals square you enter the vast atrium which opens the interior and creates a social focal point where the floors and functions of the sustainable office building merge and interact. In this way, you experience Borregaard’s set of values and working community as soon as you enter the office building.
In addition, a series of circular meeting rooms expose the meeting facilities and working community towards the atrium. As sculptural tree trunks the circular meeting rooms rises up through the atrium and adds a tactile dimension to the interior. In addition, they express a particular identity by referring to wood as Borregaard’s natural raw material.
In order to promote Borregaard as a sustainable biorefinery, the architecture stems from a holistic design approach based on integrated energy design. This holistic design approach has led to a compact, north-south facing building volume which ensures an optimal interrelationship between minimal surface and maximal volume. Moreover, the vast atrium brings daylight deep into the sustainable office building while the crystalline façade creates a varying inflow of light during the day.

The Victoria School Skara / Sweden

The Victoria School

“Skara Municipality wants to create an interactive learning environment that improves the students’ community spirit and excites their curiosity and desire to learn.”
This statement was highlighted by Skara Municipality in the opening of the brief and has formed the basis of the concept development of the new Victoria School which includes a 10,000 m2 lower secondary school and a 49 acre green park.
In order to develop an interactive learning environment, a wide range of eco-friendly and interactive learning resources are implemented across the school, including touchscreens in the community squares and small weather stations in the park to encourage students to measure the building’s energy consumption and local climate data.
An indoor mini zoo, a science garden and several outdoor teaching areas will further improve the students’ creative and biological studies by providing opportunities for active and deep level learning experiences.
In this way, the school is designed as an interactive learning environment, which also manifests itself in the sensuous and pedagogical floors, walls and furniture that are designed to be included in the daily schooling. In addition, the spatial and social qualities are being expressed in the cavernous atrium and central community square, forming the social focal point of the school.
With its media centre, café, scene and close contact with the park, the central community square creates a vibrant base where students will be able to meet and socialise, interact with their teachers, take a break from study, and develop common traditions such as student concerts or theatrical performances.

"Drawing on their growing experience in the education sector, AART architects has introduced a number of creative, interactive learning resources across the school."
World Architecture News


Maritime Education Centre Skagen / Denmark

Maritime Education Centre

The maritime education centre (in Danish 'Skagen Skipperskole') frames the future education of skippers and chief officers for the Danish fishing fleet and merchant marine. With its sculptural form and unique location on the harbour front of Skagen the building is designed as a landmark for maritime architecture and the education of skippers and chief officers in Denmark.
Because of its unique location on the harbour front of Skagen the building is designed as a “hinge” between the city and the harbour. The openness towards both the city and the harbour is reflected in its sharp sculptural form which in a maritime gesture communicates with the surrounding cityscape.
The design of the maritime education centre is based on the three elements the sea, the ship and the navigation which all are closely related to shipping. The maritime architecture is also being emphasised by the distinctive balcony which like a ship deck embraces the first floor and takes advantage of the magnificent sea view. In addition the maritime architecture is being emphasised by the facade which is covered with white glass surfaces creating a bright Nordic expression.
The building design ensures a healthy indoor climate without burdening the environment by integrating innovative technology with simple but effective solutions. For instance the large balcony on the first floor that is designed as passive solar screening by which it reduces the risk of superheating.

“The maritime education centre forms a significant transition between land and sea thanks to its vertical wall and light and pure facade. Although it is a quite large building it radiates a remarkable easiness, evoking memories of seafaring.”
Honorary award by Skagen Byfond
DNV-Gødstrup Herning / Denmark

The New Hospital in West

The New Hospital in West (DNV-Gødstrup) is situated near Herning, Denmark. The vision is to push the potential of modern healthcare architecture by offering therapeutic and operational efficiency in the absolute elite. At the same time, it is designed to being perceived as poetic, friendly and accommodating by the patients, the relatives and the staff.
To ensure an efficient workflow the healthcare architecture project provides close contact between the wards and professional specialties. The patient has thus a short distance to diagnostic imaging, ambulant treatment etc. but generally the hospital provides space for the doctor to come to the patient instead of vice versa.
By optimising the transport routes, the healthcare architecture project provides the framework for an efficient and dynamic hospital, where the patient is at the centre, and where the proximity to the professional specialties ensures a quick and accurate diagnosis.
Based on evidence-based design, the healthcare architecture project enhances the relation between inside and outside by integrating the surrounding landscape as a vital part of the building design. The extensive, Jutlandic landscape thus forms the inspiration for the project’s tactile use of the materials, which calls to mind a homely atmosphere instead of the clinic atmosphere of a traditional hospital.
The close contact with the extensive Jutlandic horizon has resulted in a clear concept for the future healthcare arhitecture. As a natural extension of the landscapes horizontal lines, the projects is rooted in a spacious base that includes outpatient clinics, diagnostic imaging, surgery wards and offices, while the medical wards are located on top of the base as light horizontal units.

”Through its organisation and planning, the hospital ensures consistent continuity of care as well as high patient experienced and professional quality.”
Jury report / Central Denmark Region


Annually capacity of outpatient visits

Inspiria Science Center Graalum / Norway

Inspiria Science Center

By rethinking the framework for future learning environments Inspiria Science Center combines learning and architecture into an eventful science center. Designed with school children in mind, the science center inspires and educates through 70 interactive experiments and exhibitions. In addition one of the most sophisticated planetariums in northern Europe rounds off the educational offering. Even the journey to the science center is a practical lesson in sustainability as most of the school children are taken to the science building by hybrid busses.
Designed as a passive house including a wide range of eco-friendly solutions, the building design supports the activities within the science center. Daylight floods through the extensive glass facades and the many skylights into the exhibition halls and the two-storey atrium. In addition a wastewater treatment plant recycles the water for use throughout the science center while a wind turbine and a solar cell panel generate electricity and a solar hot water system creates domestic hot water. These facilities are not just means to an end but are designed as a part of the exhibitions and they can be seen in action by the school children.
Last but not least the science center is adapted to the surrounding landscape with the three wings radiating out from the two-storey atrium. This distinctive architecture symbolises the cycle of nature and reflects the science building’s key topics: health, energy, and the environment. The science center has received several awards for its striking and sustainable architecture including the jury’s special at the Prime Property Awards 2012 which recognises the most sustainable real estate projects in Europe.

“Inspiria Science Center is an inspiring investment in an ecologically sustainable future.”
Prime Property Award 2012


The number of interactive exhibitions

Skolen ved Søerne Copenhagen / Denmark

Skolen ved Søerne

The vision behind the expansion and rebuilding of Skolen ved Søerne (in English, the School by the Lakes) at Frederiksberg in Copenhagen is to frame an attractive youth and learnng environment and create a school building that interacts with the surrounding cityscape and supports the contextual transition from the blocks along Vodroffsvej to the villas along St. George’s Lake.
Based on the field of tension between new and old, the proposal connects the existing school building and the new extension in a distinctive gesture. The expansion is thus built around a community square that by being situated on the dividing line between the new and existing part of the school serves as the school’s inclusive heart and combines the school into a social and functional whole.
In order to create cohesion, 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. In a dynamic flow that starts way down in the existing schoolyard and ends at the top floor, the outdoor area twines round the new extension. In this way, the proposal creates a distinctive and dynamic learning environment that provides space for various activities and merges the boundary between indoor and outdoor spaces.

“The winning proposal is well organized and creates a functional connection between the new and the existing school building. Form and function intertwine, by which the new expansion obtains a distinctive modern expression, reflecting the youth environment of a lower secondary school.”
Jury report / Frederiksberg Municipality
Headquarters for Atea Aarhus / Denmark

Headquarters for Atea

The new headquarters for the Danish software company Atea is located in Aarhus in Denmark and is designed as a environmentally friendly office building. Thus the 10.500 m2 office building 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 office building 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 road to Skejby business park, the new headquarters has a prominent location, by which the architecture is an important factor in Atea’s brand strategy. Therefore, the architecture constitutes an identity-laden branding of Atea by expressing the company’s core values and working methods by being designed as an open and dynamic office environment which implements the newest software solutions within acoustics, lighting, ventilation and solar screening.


The Culture Yard Helsingør / Denmark

The Culture Yard

In many years the attention has been aimed at the site adjacent, where the UNESCO World Heritage site, Kronborg Castle, which is famous for its role in Shakespeare's Hamlet, exerts its magnetic pull on both tourists and local citizens of Helsingør – but now Helsingør’s old shipbuilding yard has been transformed into a 13,000 m2 cultural centre, including concert halls, showrooms, conference facilities, a dockyard museum and a public library.
In this way, the Culture Yard (in Danish, Kulturværftet) is a fine example of adaptive reuse architecture. The contrast between the past and present permeates the cultural centre. For instance, the original concrete skeleton with armoured steel has been reinforced, but left exposed as a reference to the site’s industrial past. Adaptive reuse architecture has thus been the main structural idea in the design process, ensuring the keen observer will discover a chapter of history in every corner of the yard and every peeling of the wall.
Particularly striking, when viewed from the seafront and Kronborg Castle, is the multifaceted façade. Like a fragmented, yet strongly coherent structure, the enormous glass and steel façade challenges the historic site and stares unflinchingly across the strait that separates Denmark and Sweden.
The façade encloses the yard in a distinctive atmosphere, as the dazzling and dramatic play of lines generates a sense of spaciousness. Although the façade is made of hundreds of lines and triangles it appears as one big volume, generating a sense of place and time. The volume also takes the environment into account, as the façade not only functions as an aesthetic architectural feature, but also as a climate shield, reducing the energy demand for cooling and heating of the building.

“The crystalline facade of glass and sheets brilliantly expresses a distinctive, modern identity which reflects and challenges the historic harbour area.”
Chairman of the jury / Tyndpladegruppens Arkitekturpris


international teams participated in the competetion for the Culture Yard

The House of Water Skanderborg / Denmark

The House of Water

The headquarters (entitled 'The House of Water') has been designed in close collaboration with DANVA in order to reflect the association’s sustainable mindset. Thus, the building not only minimises its energy demand. It also diverts rain water locally and thereby relieves the sewer systems, increases groundwater resources and contributes to biodiversity. Thanks to this eco-friendly architectonic concept, the building was awarded the Danish sustainable award 'Bæredygtig Beton Prisen 2011'.
The headquarters is located in the outskirts of Skanderborg and has been designed so that its bright, reflective exterior brightens up the surrounding urban landscape. In addition to horizontal glass sections and wooden strips, its exterior consists of perforated metal plates. The pixelated perforations appear at close range as abstract patterns, while they from a distance appear to form water motifs, which give the building an exciting, contemporary and technological expression that visualises DANVA’s work and values. 
The light but distinctive idiom also permeates the building’s interior, which is organised as a square volume around a light-emitting atrium where the water motifs are repeated in the form of teardrop-shaped ceiling lamps and where employees gather and the organisation is anchored in the building. The atrium creates visual contact between the three floors and expresses a socially viable message by appearing as the democratic heart of the building.

“The headquarters places emphasis on sustainability through an attractive, future-proof and rationally designed construction. In a spectacular way, the building demonstrates how concrete can contribute to significant solutions to the challenge of diverting rainwater locally.”
Chairman of the jury / Bæredygtig Beton Prisen 2011

2300 m2

headquarters for DANVA (the Danish Water and Waste Water Association)


The Comfort House Vejle / Denmark

The Comfort House

The Comfort House is constructed as a development project for passive houses in visionary architecture and is located in the scenic river valley near Vejle in Denmark. The vision behind the Comfort House is to lift the construction of sustainable, single-family houses out of the traditional framework and demonstrate that care in relation to energy optimisation can pave the way for visionary architecture that appears intimate, inspiring and challenging.

The house has a prominent angle, varying roof pitches and integrated carport and shed, causing the house to appear as a unified and highly sculptural building form. The architecture is based on the location and its history, and there is a strong emphasis on drawing nature into the house to create close interaction with the natural surroundings.

The house has large, open common areas to the south to take advantage of the afternoon and evening sun, while the more private spaces are located to the north. The kitchen and main living areas are located on the first floor in order to maximise the opportunities to enjoy the view. In addition, large sections of glass facing south and southwest provides ample opportunities for diverse accommodation and panoramic views.

Extra insulation, windows and doors with a significantly reduced heat loss, high density in the structures and an efficient heat recovery and ventilation system not only ensure minimal energy consumption, but also a healthy indoor climate all year round. The sustainable focus is also reflected in the choice of materials. Solid wood elements are used for walls, floors separation and roof structures, while the facade is clad with Scandinavian spruce.

“The house is an example of a modern villa which demonstrates a beautiful and harmonious interpretation of single-family housing.”
Vejle Town Council / Vejle Award 2009
Mediaspace Aarhus / Denmark


The new central library is designed as a visionary media space with a view to ensuring the city of Aarhus a strong foothold in a knowledge-based, globalized society. At the same time the new media space is designed as a vital element for the new waterfront of Aarhus and as a link between the harbour and city front.
The building design expresses the movement patterns of the site beautifully. The crystalline roof that peaks at the entry towards the city is a captivating sight from all angles and from the city centre there is an outstanding view to the large, dynamic media wall. In addition, the large glass facades of the building create an eventful interplay between the indoor and outdoor areas.
To ensure the greatest possible openness and flexibility the building design is rooted in a very simple and robust design principle – a design principle expressed in a basic structure in the shape of a circular and concentric layout that takes its departure in the conceptual character of the building as a “hinge” between the harbour and the city.
In this away, Mediaspace is not a loud high rise. There is no back side with dull office facades, no ground floor void of activity with only parking and closed off functions. There is just one big open and extrovert gesture towards the water and the city. In other words, it is a building that will invite you inside to experience.
The openness of the plan towards both the city and the harbour is mirrored in the characteristically sculpted main shape that opens invitingly towards all directions. Thus it has been a vital goal to create a building that will both communicate with its surroundings and bring the individual in focus since Mediaspace is a place for personal immersion and exploration.

Miele Showroom Vejle / Denmark

Miele Showroom

Miele Showroom is located along the highway E45 near Vejle in Denmark and is designed as a compact volume that provides the framework for an open exhibition space with adjacent offices and conference rooms.
Despite its compact volume, the building appears accommodating which is underlined by the large window facade that frames the exhibition space, invites visitors inside and merge indoors and outdoors.
The building is basically designed as a sharp, sculptural cube of glass, concrete and expanded metal and is characterized by its modern, sharp-edged idiom, focusing on the essence and avoiding any disturbing effects.
In this way, the shoowroom appears as a pure and clarified building structure with a strong, architectural statement and clear coherence between material and structure. In addition, the building has implemented heat recovery, natural ventilation and two-layered thermo glass in order to ensure a healthy indoor climate.


Vendsyssel Hospital Hjørring / Denmark

Vendsyssel Hospital

The new link building and medical ward building for Vendsyssel Hospital exploit the way in which architectural solutions in terms of space, colour and lighting can create a better environment for patients, relatives and staff. The new building complex therefore creates a stimulating and exciting space by expressing a variable architecture with a strong presence that provides a feeling of intimacy.
The harmonious and elegant extension adds beautifully to the existing Vendsyssel Hospital, and the new building construction continues and reinforces the existing building’s qualities by allowing the new and old buildings to interact in terms of direction and scale. The material reflects the extension of the oldest red brick buildings, but also adds a new idiom and a reworking of the materials. 
Between the two characteristic building structures extends a transverse section of roof, which unites the old and the new architecture by acting as a link building between the new ward building and the existing buildings. The link building is arranged as an open, double-height space with high glass sections, creating a close relationship to the green outdoor areas between the buildings. 
The link building therefore constitutes the setting for a calm space filled with intimacy, where thoughts are directed away from the traditional clinical hospital, as patients can enjoy the nature and daylight. The transverse roof section shields against the sun to the south and also supports the recreational dimension by increasing the width of the link building visually and making it possible for patients to spend time in a sheltered outdoor area. 

”The main design appears simple and elegant as a homogeneous building structure. The ward building’s layout is exemplary, with wonderfully arranged living areas and efficient service functions for the staff.”
Jury report / The North Denmark Region
Home for Life Lystrup / Denmark

Home for Life

Home for Life is designed as the world’s first Active House and is the result of visionary development process. The sustainable single-family house is a CO2 neutral demonstration project and thanks to 7 m2 solar panels, 50 m2 solar cells, a heat pump and several innovative solutions, the Active House is designed to produce more energy than it consumes.

With an expected energy surplus of 9 kWh/m2/year, it takes Home for Life 35 years to produce the same amount of energy that was used to produce its materials, and by that time, the Active House will have returned more to nature than it has consumed. Over the long-term, therefore, the Active House will be an asset for rather than a burden on the environment.

Furthermore, the structure of the Active House is made of wood, while the facades are clad with natural slate, the floor tiles consist of mosaics of recycled glass and the windows use the latest energy-conserving glass technology. In addition, the window area represents 40 percent of the surface area, which is twice the area compared to a traditional single-family house.

In this way, Home for Life ensures a healthy indoor climate by optimizing daylight, creating a close contact with nature and having integrated sensors that measure the heat, air humidity and CO2 in all rooms. The Active House also has an automatic facade system that adapts to the seasons of the year and draws fresh air into the house.

“Developments in the field of low energy housing have come a long way with Home for Life. The house is beautifully designed and provides inspiration for both newly constructed houses and housing renovation projects.”
Erik Rimmer, chief editor at Bo Bedre / Bo Grøn Award 2009


Bikuben Dormitory Copenhagen / Denmark

Bikuben Dormitory

The vision behind the Bikuben Dormitory is to rethink the social environment of student life and to expand the possibility that communities can arise in a broad social network. By creating an inspiring spatial environment and maximise the opportunities for fellowship the dormitory seeks to avoid the loneliness and lack of social relationships that many students highlight as a problem with their current housing situation. 
In order to satisfy the project’s social vision the design process entailed working closely with anthropology students from the University of Copenhagen. This has resulted in a dormitory with a strong architectural identity which reflects the dormitory’s bearing idea of community and is designed on the basis of an overall concept that is carried further down in scale to the functional level. 
Bikuben Dormitory appears as a cube, but is actually 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. The kitchens, living areas, gym, laundry facilities and roof garden are therefore staggered at different levels where the kitchens and common areas are oriented inward toward the central courtyard. The dormitory thereby avoids the classic dormitory corridors and instead creates a space where access to the rooms is linked directly to the social meeting places. 
The double helix structure combines the dormitory into a vibrant, architectural whole and connects the social life of the dormitory across the different floors. In this way the spiral structure provides the greatest possible contact between common and private spaces while ensuring privacy in each dwelling.

“Bikuben Student Residence enriches the urban space. It is known for its youthful expression and the orange incisions into the facade create a distinctive architectural feature.”
Copenhagen Municipality’s Building Award 2007

18 %

of Danish students feel lonely. The dormitory has thus been designed to counteract loneliness.

Campus of the Future Trondheim / Norway

Campus of the Future

The project has been guided by a fundamental social ambition to create a student campus with secure housing and a sense of community as the important central themes. Each of the five tower blocks has its own central function. For example, one building houses the launderette and another houses the assembly hall.
This gives students ample opportunity to use the whole area as their home and creates the possibility for chance social encounters – at the same time allowing students to retreat and concentrate on their studies. Roof gardens outside and inside, upwards and downwards, open up the construction to the world around.


Sami Parliament Kiruna / Sweden

Sami Parliament

The project proposal for the Sami Parliment creates an ideal and dignified framework for the efforts to preserve and develop Sami culture, language, education, tradition and industry. The building has thus been designed as an icon for Sami identity and is rooted in a deep understanding of culture and tradition, while at the same time reaching beyond traditional limitations.
The building builds on a robust concept, which utilizes the qualities of the site, the complexity of the spatial program, and the program’s desire for an architectonically distinctive work of symbolic value. All functions are unified by a large, circular main hall in which the auditirium is design and composed as the social focal point. In this way, the geometry of the building is very clear and precise, giving the building a dignity and monumentality, while at the same time expressing a continuity and understanding of the Sami culture.


architecture practices from all over the EU participated in the competition.


Sletten Ry / Denmark


The FDF outdoor centre Sletten is situated in the beautiful landscape of hills and lakes in Ry in Denmark and frames a unique setting for a vibrant and empathetic camp, activity and learning environment.
The centre’s interior spaces are open and accommodating and the boundary between indoors and outdoors are almost obliterated – for instance, wood and stone are used indoors as well as outdoors.

By virtue of its simultaneous organic and clean-cut profile, the building reflects and challenges the scenic landscape, and through this contextual framework the building creates a unique, sensuous and inspiring camp, activity and learning environment.

The sloping surface of the roof enhances the building’s simple and clarified relation with the surroundings, where the forest encircles the green, sloping plain which by its amphitheatre and spacious area motivates children and young people to socialise, play and learn.

”The building’s openness provides opportunities, which we have not seen before. In the building design, the architects have focused on creating an openness that is based on cooperation and the acceptance of differences among users. Furthermore, the rooms are easily switchable for different purposes, giving the best possible framework for a diverse use.”
The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities


Rønde folk school and boarding school Rønde / Denmark

Rønde folk school and boarding school

A wide range of building typologies has been analysed in order to map the future development potential for Rønde Folk School and Boarding School. Thus, the development plan stem from strong, simple and humane main principles, which have been debated and drawed up through a focused course of user driven workshops.
The development plan forms a solid and elastic basis of a long series of part projects of various kinds, e.g. 2,000 m2 of new students’ accommodations, establishing new classrooms, a new main entrance, a restructuring of the learning and administration facilities.

Viborg Independent School Viborg / Denmark

Viborg Independent School

Viborg Independent School fulfils the vision of creating a future-oriented school, where an inspiring and highly functional environment promotes play and learning and supports the school’s focus on cooperation and personal development. In this way, the clarified concept creates synergy between learning and social interaction with a view to framing a vibrant learning environment.

The school is a result of a creative user-involvement process in which we involved the pupils and teachers in the initial conceptual phase in the desire to create a strong sense of co-ownership. Through creative workshops the pupils and teachers thus became an essential part of designing their new building and the targeted user-involvement process was awarded an honourable mention by Viborg City Council.

The close cooperation with the pupils and teachers led to several inspiring initiatives, including the large common stairway. The central stairway forms the school's heart by being designed as a unifying, multifunctional element that functions both as a stairway, stage, auditorium and alternative classroom. Above the stairway is placed a large, round skylight that brings the sky and daylight down into the school's heart.

Overall, the school is designed as a flexible building with varying interior elements and unifying common areas rather than long passages. In this way, the school is characterized by a very high floor space ratio which can be reshaped as the organization structure and learning methodology develop. In addition, the many skylights and the vast glass façade next to the central stairway provides a diffused and comfortable and inflow of daylight.

”The school is noted for its convincing spaciousness and functionality and room for surprises. The process has resulted in a new school that inspires children across different ages.”
Viborg City Council / Honourable mention


The Hospital Østfold Kalnes Sarpsborg / Norway

The Hospital Østfold Kalnes

The vision behind the Hospital Østfold Kalnes (in Norwegian 'Sykehuset Østfold Kalnes') is to show the way for the future hospital architecture. The hospital is thus designed as a robust, flexible and compact building which expresses a clear contact with the surrounding landscape.
The layout of the hospital is based on its unique location and the area’s topographic features. The hospital architecture is therefore a direct fusion of architecture and landscape as it utilises the natural terrain incline with a view to optimising the different functions’ relative positions as well as the spatial and logistical context.
The terrain’s effect on the hospital architecture creates variation and experience in the building complex, whereby the architecture and landscape are mutually reinforcing. For example, the hospital is constructed exclusively with private bed rooms, where the majority of the private rooms are oriented towards the landscape, while the planning grid provides adequate building volumes and distances.
Furthermore, the psychiatric functions are integrated into the overall hospital architecture, such that the mentally ill patients can, as far as possible, be treated on an equal footing with patients with somatic illnesses. A visionary, architectural fusion of psychiatric and somatic functions that satisfy several basic needs, since psychiatric patients often also have a somatic disease.

"The new Hospital Østfold Kalnes will be more modern and future-oriented than any other hospital architecture project in Norway."
Just Ebbesen, CEO / The Hospital Østfold Kalnes