We are currently immersing ourselves in the material of wood and the possibilities of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) . Wooden buildings can be a sustainable and aesthetic alternative to the monotonous building style that is slowly dominating the cityscape of Denmark. We find that many buildings are constructed in the same style, using variations of bricks combined with an alternating building height and pushes in the facade. We believe the (slowly) increasing interest in the use of wood is a golden opportunity to develop a new aesthetic that detaches itself from the idiom of the brick without necessarily being a revolution - but rather an evolution of our many years of fantastic building tradition in Denmark.
BAVNEHØJ YOUTH HOUSE IS FINISHED 12/08/2019
Using wood in an innovative and expressive way, Bavnehøj Youth House seeks new and ambitious standards within affordable housing. Placed in the end of Bavnehøj Allé, overlooking the historic cemetery of Vestre Kirkegård, the mosaic facade draws on the effect of light filtering through leaves and branches inspired by the cemeterys forest landscape. Through a custom-made cassette system using sustainable wood lamellas in a unique patchwork, the façade contributes to a distinct, vivid and warm expression, while adding a semi-transparent extension of the apartments that embrace privacy as well as providing an active, living facade.
THE RENOVATION PROJECT, MARIELYST BADEHOTEL HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE GULDBORGSUND KOMMUNES ARKITEKTURPRIS 2019 WITHIN ”RENOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION” 28/06/2019
The on-going renovation and transformation project, Marielyst Badehotel, have just been nominated for the local Guldborgsund Kommunes Arkitekturpris 2019, “Renovation and Transformation”. Earlier the building has functioned as a classic, Danish inn that later got turned into a hotel. Now it’s time for new adventures, as the historical buildings at Nørrevang Hotel is renovated with great respect for its originale classic style, hereby turning into Marielyst Badehotel, a classic and exclusive Danish “Badehotel” with a spa, treatment, and wellnesscenter.
MARC JAY PARTICIPATED AT THE BUCHAREST TRIENNALE EAST CENTRIC ARCHITECTURE AS JURY MEMBER AND LECTURER 24/06/2019
In the end of June, Marc Jay, partner and co-founder of WE Architecture, was in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, to participate as a jury member for the Bucharest Triennale East Centric Architecture. The theme of this year’s competition was “Home, any, more?” focusing on an interrogative approach of the possibility of being home in today’s world. Here, during the days, Marc also did a lecture about the definition of home in today’s fast-paced and contemporary life and society.
DEVELOPING THE PAPERHOUSE-CONCEPT IN LECCE, ITALY 30/05/2019
In May a delegation from WE Architecture went to Lecce in Italy to work closely together in a three-day workshop with the inventors of Paper Factor - an Italian company developing a new and sustainable material made from recycled paper. The purpose of the workshop was to develop the new material into a innovative building module. The cross-disciplinary team worked intensively and hands on for a few days with the raw material to get a better understanding of its qualities, potentials, and not least challenges.
We are asking ourselves at WE architecture whether the building industry can protect our common resources instead of wearing them down. If ambitious architecture change the building industry for the common good - we hope so! In October, WE Architecture received 200.000 DKK from the Danish Arts foundation (Statens Kunstfond) to develop a building system based on papier mâché in collaboration with an Italian inventor who has developed a method, where recycled paper is treated with state-of-the-art technology making it non-inflammable and water-resistant. The ambition is to build a 100% biodegradable house entirely out of recycled wood and paper, demonstrating qualities that the papier mâché material provides, as for example its translucency and super lightweight construction.
ATLAS OF THE COPENHAGENS WINS LILLE ARNE 21/01/2019 Atlas of the Copenhagens explores the urban territories of Copenhagen and their connection to terms like livable cities and sustainability in a series of maps, information graphics and text. The book is coedited by WE Partner Marc Jay in collaboration with many others and was just this Friday awarded with the prestigious Lille Arne Award at the Danish Architects’ Association.