Fifteen up-and-coming Copenhagen structure studios you must know

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2023-01-17 11:15:51

As Copenhagen celebrates turning into UNESCO-UIA World Capital of Structure for 2023, we’ve compiled 15 younger structure studios based mostly within the metropolis doing particularly attention-grabbing and progressive work.

Intently related to family names like Bjarke Ingels, Henning Larsen and Arne Jacobsen, the Danish capital is well-known for its architectural pedigree.

It has been named World Capital of Structure for 2023 by UNESCO and might be internet hosting a sequence of occasions throughout the 12 months accordingly, together with the twenty eighth Worldwide Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress of Architects in July.

In addition to a number of high-profile practices, there are additionally many up-and-coming studios inflicting ripples on this hub for architectural exercise.

This choice of studios based within the final decade has been put along with the assistance of Copenhagen Structure Competition CEO Josephine Michau, Cobe mission director Ulrich Pohl and the Danish Structure Heart.

Learn on for 15 up-and-coming Copenhagen structure studios you must know:

POPL burger restaurant by Spacon & X and e15 for Noma
Photograph by Bjørn Bertheussen

Spacon & X

Based by architect Nikoline Dyrup Carlsen and scenographic designer Svend Jacob Pedersen in 2014, Spacon & X is a multidisciplinary studio with a playful aesthetic that matches its title. In 2018, it was named Dezeen Awards rising inside designer of the 12 months.

Tasks embrace POPL (pictured), a burger joint arrange by famed Copenhagen restaurant Noma, and Filmlageret, a co-living area named constructing of the 12 months by the Metropolis of Copenhagen in 2021.

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Drone shot of Steno Diabetes Center gardens by Sted
Photograph by Rasmus Hjortshøj


Panorama structure agency Sted – Danish for “place” – was based in 2015 by Martin Hjerl and Rosa Lund and has shortly gained a status for creating considerate city areas. It was acquired by massive Copenhagen agency Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects in February 2022 however retains its personal model id.

Distinguished Sted tasks embrace Sorø’s Inexperienced Stage, a metropolis courtyard containing playful curiosities like a digicam obscura and a periscope, and multi-levelled gardens for Steno Diabetes Heart (pictured).

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Hotel Astoria in Copenhagen
Photograph by Niels Nygaard

Over Byen Arkitekter

Renovation specialist Over Byen Arkitekter has grown to 85 individuals in a decade, and central Copenhagen is now dotted with its tender reuse tasks.

Presently, it’s restoring the listed Resort Astoria (pictured), in addition to engaged on a mission to revitalise 20 small church buildings throughout Denmark in a sustainable means.

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ÅBEN Brewery by Pihlmann Architects
Photograph by Hampus Berndtson

Pihlmann Architects

The studio of Søren Thirup Pihlmann, former enterprise accomplice of Lenschow, was based in 2021 and now employs a staff of 10.

Pihlmann Architects tasks put supplies front-and-centre with easy designs, significantly deploying reused supplies and biocomposites. Examples embrace the lately accomplished ÅBEN Brewery (pictured), a bar inside a former slaughterhouse in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking district, and the close by Artwork Hub Copenhagen.

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Throne of Fragility
Photograph by Hampus Berndtson

Workplace Kim Lenschow

Via its primarily small-scale residential tasks, Workplace Kim Lenschow is carving out a status for a uncooked building aesthetic that proudly exhibits off constructing supplies.

It was based in 2020 by younger Norway-born architect Kim Lenschow and now has a staff of 4. Along with its structure tasks, the studio has produced design items just like the Throne of Fragility (pictured), a biodegradable chair product of potato starch for Milan design week exhibition Alcova.

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New Ark in Aarhus by Tideland Studio
Picture by Tideland Studio/Rumgehør/Stine Rosdahl-Petersen

Tideland Studio

Based solely a 12 months in the past, two-person outfit Tideland Studio is an structure and expertise design follow with a penchant for using cutting-edge expertise and scientific analysis in its work.

Its first realised mission, a public plaza in central Aarhus known as New Ark, is ready to finish in spring 2023. A collaboration with native structure studio Rumgehør and artist Stine Rosdahl-Petersen, it options lifebuoy-like seating on prime of wavy slabs in reference to rising sea ranges.

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Residential project by OS Arkitekter
Photograph by Laura Stamer

OS Arkitekter

Based by Olmo Ahlmann and Stine Christiansen, OS Arkitekter is a small follow that specialises in large-scale city plans at the moment engaged on a masterplan for Molkenmarkt in Berlin.

It has additionally executed some small residential tasks centered on utilizing biomaterials corresponding to Home Constructed of Wooden (pictured).

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Land on Water by MAST
Picture by Kvant-1


Established in 2021 by Magnus Maarbjerg and Marshall Blecher, MAST is a small studio that focuses on structure on or round water – from small floating saunas to massive buoyant housing developments.

In October, Dezeen lined Land on Water, MAST’s invention of a modular system for developing floating buildings. The studio lately accomplished a lakeside improvement in Milan that includes floating buildings and parkland.

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Kaffehytten by Spacegirls
Photograph by Hampus Berndtson


Spacegirls consists of Cisse Bomholt and Elisabeth Gellein, a duo of architect-artists whose work centres round experimental supplies and craft strategies.

Since 2016 they’ve been working with artists, researchers and producers on installations like Kaffehytten (pictured), a woodland-floor-cast concrete cabin in a Danish forest.

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Tilst Church vestry by Tulinius Lind
Photograph courtesy of Tulinius Lind

Tulinius Lind

Tulinius Lind specialises in historic transformations, like its new sacristy for the white medieval Tilst Church close to Aarhus (pictured).

The studio was based in 2017 by Thomas Tulinius and Anders Lind and different tasks by the small staff embrace a timber faculty and exercise centre in Våler, Norway.

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Djernes&Bell apartment renovation
Copenhagen residence renovation by Djernes & Bell. Photograph by Lars Rolfsted Mortensen

Djernes & Bell

Jonas Djernes and Justine Bell based their studio in 2020, specialising in small-scale adaptive reuse tasks with a specific curiosity in repairing historic buildings utilizing domestically sourced, low-carbon supplies.

The studio additionally undertakes analysis tasks into biomaterials corresponding to Harvest to Home, which seeks to extend dialogue between farmers, agronomists, thatchers and designers. It’s at the moment reworking an old-fashioned right into a renovation-focused sustainability centre.

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Lunark moon lander by SAGA Space Architects
Photograph courtesy of SAGA Area Architects

SAGA Area Architects

Based in 2018 by Sebastian Aristotelis, Simon DH Kristensen and Karl-Johan Sørensen, SAGA Area Architects is shortly turning into a key participant in its area.

It calls its aesthetic “terra tech” – extremely technical however grounded in concepts of well-being taken from Earth’s pure atmosphere. Tasks embrace Lunark, a moon habitat examined on a three-month mission within the Arctic (pictured) and its successor Rosie, the world’s tallest 3D-printed polymer construction.

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Thatched roof and glazed extension of Nieby Crofters Cottage by Jan Henrik Jansen and Marshall Blecher
Photograph by Jose Campos

Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter

Over the previous decade, Danish-German architect Jan Henrik Jansen has constructed up an in depth portfolio of distinctive homes via his eponymous studio.

His current Nieby Crofters Cottage mission, featured on Dezeen, noticed Jansen renovate and lengthen a dilapidated thatched cottage in northern Germany along with MAST co-founder Blecher.

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Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter
Photograph by Rasmus Norlander

Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter

Since being based in 2014 by Søren Johansen and Sebastian Skovsted, Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter‘s small staff has labored on workplace buildings, cultural websites, industrial renovations and even furnishings for the Danish prime minister’s official residence.

Its largest mission up to now is an workplace and warehouse within the coastal city of Køge known as CODAN (pictured), lately accomplished and emblematic of the studio’s muted, exact type.

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Facade of Ørsted Gardens by Tegnestuen Lokal
Photograph by Hampus Berndtson

Tegnestuen Lokal

Tegnestuen Lokal gained consideration for its Ørsted Gardens mission in Frederiksberg (pictured), named Dezeen Awards residential rebirth of the 12 months in 2021. In step with its core philosophy of bridging the hole between outdated and new structure, the studio changed the austere and dilapidated concrete facade of a Sixties block with angular, plant-filled blocks.

Having been based in 2015 by Christopher Carlsen and Morten Bang, Tegnestuen Lokal now employs a staff of 16. Upcoming tasks embrace Sommariva-byen, a brand new 212-home district in Helsingør.

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