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