Architonic in Copenhagen: 3daysofdesign, photos: ©2016 Julia Rogers, Architonic
They call it ‘3 days of design’, but Copenhagen’s superbly curated, city-as-showroom event leaves its mark on you for a lot longer – as our latest Architonic Photo Tour testifies.
A bit like the Fuorisalone without the Salone, a raft of leading brands opened their showrooms in the Danish capital last week to a discerning international audience, who were treated to painstakingly crafted mise-en-scenes of polished products in dialogue with both older and contemporary spaces, and with the wider city beyond.
Copenhagen, as the ground zero of Denmark’s internationally respected design tradition, provides the ideal urban stage for those trendsetting brands who are increasingly leading the industry in terms of both sales and marketing to show off. And the harbour city’s status as an experimental testbed for contemporary architecture, too, makes for a truly design-infused and joined-up experience.
Here are our five Facebook photo galleries with images from the various venues.
> to Architonic in Copenhagen: 3daysofdesign, Part 1
Manufacturers shown include: &Tradition, Frama
> to Architonic in Copenhagen: 3daysofdesign, Part 2
Manufacturers shown include: Dinesen, FREDERICIA, GUBI
> to Architonic in Copenhagen: 3daysofdesign, Part 3
Manufacturers shown include: Claus Mølgaard, File Under Pop, GETAMA, MA/U Studio, Nyt i bo, Onecollection, PLEASE WAIT To Be SEATED, &SHUFL, Suzusan, Zuzunaga
> to Architonic in Copenhagen: 3daysofdesign, Part 4
Manufacturers shown include: Louis Poulsen, Muuto, by Lassen, Carl Hansen & Søn, Rud. Rasmussen
> to Architonic in Copenhagen: 3daysofdesign, Part 5
Manufacturers shown include: Engelbrechts, Erik Jørgensen, GRID, Kvadrat, Luceplan, Modular, Montana Møbler, PP Møbler, VOLA, Anker & Co, Eilersen, Skagerak
‘UN City’ by 3XN, photo: Adam Moerk
Danish architects 3XN’s ‘UN City’ United Nations regional head office in Copenhagen is an eight-pointed star shaped building with a dramatic sculptural staircase at its core.
‘Six Legs’ table with ‘Kora’ chairs: ‘The quality of materials and craftsmanship is really high, so I imagine that people will own them for many years’
If the Slow Design movement were looking for a poster boy, Ask Emil Skovgaard would undoubtedly be on the shortlist. Treading a fine and virtuosic line between design, craft and art, the Copenhagen-based creative’s work is, among other things, an expression of pure material joy and a comment on the, often compromised, value of fast-paced production. Architonic talks to the Skovgaard about his patient approach. (by Simon Keane-Cowell)
read Simon Keane-Cowell’s interview with Ask Emil Skovgaard in full on Architonic
Healthcare Centre for Cancer Patients by Nord Architects Copenhagen
Coincidentally, today’s second featured project also comes from the Danish capital, this time in a form of a recently-completed convalescent centre for patients battling or recovering from one of the most fundamental of diseases, cancer. Realised in 2011 by Nord Architects Copenhagen near the Copenhagen city centre and Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), the striking, white-clad centre comprises a number of individual, yet interconnected by a common multifaceted roof houses, which ‘provide the space needed for a modern health facility, without losing the comforting scale of the individual.’ (more…)
Mirror House by MLRP; photo by Stamers Kontor
As part of the new Interactive Playground Project in Copenhagen, an American-Danish architectural practice MLRP have converted a disused, dilapidated structure into this striking playground pavilion by cladding its gables and shutters with highly reflective mirror polished stainless steel. Completed in 2011, the renovation transformed the previously nondescript, unusable building into ‘Mirror House’ which is now used by kindergarten classes. In order to improve the energy efficiency of the structure, insulation values, sun shading, heating, ventilation and lighting systems have also been upgraded. (more…)
The Crystal by schmidt hammer lassen architects; photo courtesy of the architects
Realised as an extension to the existing premises of one of Denmark’s leading financial services companies, Nykredit, this slanting parallelogrammically-shaped building has been developed by the Danish architectural practice schmidt hammer lassen architects. Named the Best Structural Design of the Year at last year’s LEAF Awards, the 6,850-square-meters glass-clad structure rests ‘on a single point and a single line’ while studio’s ‘holistic approach to the environmental strategy enabled ‘to combine a completely transparent office building with an exceptionally low energy-consumption at 70 kWh per square metre.’ (more…)
Rud. Rasmussen workshop and showroom have been located within the same premises since 1875
During our recent trip to Copenhagen, Architonic has paid a visit to the workshop and showroom of the iconic Danish furniture manufacturer with a cabinet-making tradition spanning over a century, Rud. Rasmussen.
Situated in Copenhagen’s vibrant, northwestern neighbourhood of Nørrebro, among the multitude of shops and restaurants on 45 Noerrebrogade, the vertically-organised three-storey shop and the adjacent atelier have been located within the same premises since 1875, while the brand itself was founded by Rudolph Rasmussen in 1869.
AMF Waste-to-Energy Plant at night. With a light installation by "realities united" the plant's smoke stack are transformed into making it puff smoke rings, serving as a measuring stick of CO2 emission.
Located in an industrial area near the city center the new Waste-to-Energy plant will be an exemplary model in the field of waste management and energy production, as well as an architectural landmark in the cityscape of Copenhagen. The roof of the new Amagerforbraending is turned into a 31.000 m2 ski slope of varying skill levels for the citizens of Copenhagen… (more…)