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.
With entries from all over the world, the WAN award competition is the largest and most diverse architectural awards programme in the world, celebrating the outstanding works conducted by imaginative designers, engineers and visionary architects.
The category “Wood in Architecture” highlights the structural and aesthetic mastery of timber designs. Bavnehøj Youth House is selected based on its unique and sustainable façade system constructed of CO2 neutral, recycle friendly modified Radiata Pine which is both FSC® and Cradle to Cradle Gold certified as well as holding the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
The project further more received a BUILD award for “Best in Youth Housing”.
In the coming year, the school of Hashøj, Slagelse, will undergo a transformation from being a traditional school to become a local Life and Learning Center - containing both school, kindergarten and daycare as well as a public community center with large-scale common room, multi-functional stage and combined learning furniture and local library.
It warms to see all the happy faces and feel the local excitement! On the picture is Poul Erik, head of the school, and Charlotte, head of the daycare, who have both been engaged in the co-creation process and got the honor to break ground.
WE Architecture is pre-qualified with Mangor & Nagel in the competition for the 4-year framework contract for Københavns Almennyttige Boligforening (KAB).
We hope to continue the important work of heightening the architectural standard within affordable and social housing like we did in the project proposal for Øbrohus with KAB. The aim of our proposal is to transform the existing Øbrohus into a new sustainable and green landmark constructed in cross laminated timber (CLT), offering urban farming, green gardens and a public ground floor through a terracing building concept.
WE already hold several framework contracts for social housing companies as for ex Boligrækkerne for Boligselskabet Sjælland (BOSJ) and for DOMEA.
Using wood in an innovative and expressive way, Bavnehøj Allé seeks new and ambitious standards within affordable youth housing. Bavnehøj Allé consists of 40 one-room apartments on 38-45 m2, with an impressive ceiling height of 3 meters. All apartments are accompanied with either a generous balcony or terrace. The apartments are detailed with honest materials such as natural wood and raw concrete (load bearing construction).
The building is a simple composition of two diagonal blocks connected by a centrally located gallery on all floors. Through custom-made balcony cassettes using sustainable Accoya wood lamellas in a unique patchwork pattern, 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. Altogether this creates a poetic expression that defines Bavnehøj Allé as a local and architectural landmark while heightening the standard within affordable timber housing.
Read more about the project and see more pictures here: Bavnehøj Youth House
Back in the days the buildings 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 will turn into Marielyst Badehotel accommodating as a regular hotel, but with exclusive spa, treatment, and wellness offerings.Read More
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.Read More
In May a delegation from WE Architecture went to Lecce in Italy to meet up with the founders of Paper Factor - an Italian company developing a new and sustainable building module made from recycled paper. Here, the 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.Read More
These days 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 construction system based on papier mâché in collaboration with an Italian inventor who has developed a new papier mâché 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 house entirely out of recycled wood and paper. It will be 100% biodegradable, while also demonstrating extraordinary qualities that the papier mâché material provides, as for example its translucency and super lightweight construction.Read More
Last week we were breaking ground on the first project within the framework agreement for Boligselskabet Sjælland. Tofteengen, 44 housing units north of Roskilde, will be the first project constructed within our unique building system based on prefabricated wooden modules developed by our team consisting of WE architecture, Mangor & Nagel, Holmsgaard engineers and Danhaus a/s. Mayor of Roskilde, Joy Mogensen, gave the opening speech where she put the project into the perspective of the future development of Roskilde Municipality. Could this site, today surrounded by open fields, maybe in the future be a part of a new city ring around Roskilde?Read More
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.Read More
Recently the whole office went on a study trip to visit, explore and discuss our buildings. The purpose of this was to get a common understanding and insight of the buildings and furthermore to get a shared professional developing experience. Everybody joined the trip – from interns and assistants to project leaders and partners. We visited Roskilde Campus, Mariehøj and Bavnehøj and discussed both the qualities but also the many challenges of constructing the buildings.Read More
The public debate about how we handle the development of the country's ghettos is up and running in the wake of the government's adoption of the ghettoplan. Both Jyllandsposten and Arkitekten are currently running articles concerning the development of Gellerupparken in Aarhus. WE Architects have, in cooperation with JaJa Arkitekter, developed the masterplan for the future Gellerup.Read More
There are exciting ideas and ambitious plans emerging in the small town of Slotsbjergby, South of Slagelse, Denmark. Here the school will be expanded with a day care center in the future and form a new local activity center inviting the local community in to create new synergies across age - evolving the school to a Life and Learning Center.Read More
WE just received Børsen’s Gazelle award 2018. It is a great pleasure to receive recognition for the growth that WE has performed and worked hard to attain the past couple of years.Read More
WE is looking for new interns for the spring semester. Be a part of a young, dynamic office in growth, creating original architecture focusing on quality.
The office is seeking motivated and qualified architect interns for the spring semester, from February through to summer 2019.
WE Architecture is an upcoming small office with a constant income of exciting projects. These range widely from interior design, architecture and urban design to the development of concepts and visionary ideas, with special experience of residential and cultural buildings…Read More
As WE are getting more and more new exciting projects, ranging from interior design to building architecture and urban planning, we are now looking for an architect to fill a leading position in our competition and sketching department.Read More
Dreyers Fond and the Danish Architecture Center (DAC) have joined forces to create a showroom at BLOX, the new gathering point for Danish architecture, design and new ideas. The showroom is a staircase gallery, showing the next wave of Danish architecture - told and conveyed by a number of talented and distinguished young Danish architectural companies.
Dreyers Fond supports projects and initiatives whose purpose is to promote architectural development and interaction with society. As a recipient of the Dreyers Fond’s grant WE got the opportunity to show our work at BLOX to the outside world and thereby gain a voice in the debate about new Danish architecture and its contribution to society’s development.Read More
WHO ARE WE?
WE is a young innovative architectural office based in Copenhagen. Our name WE Architecture comes from the philosophy that architecture is not the result of only one person’s stroke of genius. WE believe that the best results occur through teamwork and transdisciplinary networks. You will become a part of our creative PR and communication team and work closely with our communication, PR and PQ manager, who will be your daily contact person…Read More