A striking new gateway to Copenhagen celebrates green transit and Danish design

October 14, 2019 by  
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Earlier this summer, Copenhagen officially opened Køge Nord Station, a stunning new transportation landmark that raises the bar for beautiful urban infrastructure. Designed by COBE and DISSING+WEITLING architecture , the transit hub features a futuristic 225-meter-long covered footbridge that connects the new double-track high-speed rail line between Copenhagen and the city of Ringsted with the existing commuter urban-suburban S-train line. The 9-meter-wide footbridge spans the width of the Køge Bugt Highway and is punctuated with multiple windows to provide 180-degree panoramic views of the highway and the cultural landscape. Completed in less than three years after its groundbreaking, the Køge Nord Station is the result of an international competition that drew 38 submissions from around the world. Described by COBE and DISSING+WEITLING architecture as a “unique example of Danish architecture and engineering,” the firms’ winning design includes a vision plan, a train station, parking and transit facilities and the project’s crown jewel — the eye-catching covered footbridge . Installed in six sections, the footbridge is clad in 48,000 square meters of anodized aluminum panels and can carry up to 1,800 people. Related: Curvaceous bicycle bridge brings new life to Copenhagen’s harbor To provide a comfortable and attractive commuter experience for the 8,000 passengers expected to use the station daily, the interior of the covered bridge is lined with cozy timber and emphasizes a sense of continuous flow with curvaceous lines and open views to the north as well as with smaller south-facing apertures in the interior wood panels.  ”People spend many hours of their life in transit ,” said Jesper B. Henriksen, architect and partner at DISSING+WEITLING architecture. “That’s why we sought to give the footbridge a quality that goes beyond the purely functional and practical. The interior space is covered with wooden slats that provide a warm, tactile experience in transit and waiting situations. It is, quite simply, a welcoming and inviting space, unlike what you often see in stations and transport facilities. The interior space is contrasted by the smooth, cool aluminum exterior that enters into a dialogue with the infrastructural expression of the place.” + COBE + DISSING+WEITLING architecture Photography by Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST via COBE

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Beautiful, solar-powered EV charging stations promise to charge a vehicle in 15 minutes

June 21, 2019 by  
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Copenhagen-based architectural firm COBE has just unveiled what are possibly the most beautiful and sustainable electric vehicle charging stations in the world. Built entirely from recyclable materials and powered by solar energy, these ultra-fast charging stations not only recharge a vehicle in just 15 minutes but also offer drivers a welcoming place to rest and relax. The first COBE-designed EV charging station was installed on the E20 motorway in the Danish city of Fredericia, with 47 more planned along Scandinavian highways: seven more in Denmark, 20 in Sweden and 20 in Norway. Created in partnership with Powered by E.ON Drive & Clever, the COBE-designed EV charging station consists of a series of “trees” made primarily from certified wood. The tree-inspired structures feature a canopy that provides shade and protection from the elements, while also providing space for a green roof and solar panels. The modular structures are scalable so that multiple “tree” structures can be combined into a “grove.” The Fredericia charging station features a “grove” of 12 “trees” with a 400-square-meter canopy. The Danish Society for Nature Conservation helped select the plantings that surround the charging station to enhance biodiversity and create a calming, “zen-like” atmosphere radically different from a traditional gas station setting. Related: World’s first electric road that charges moving vehicles debuts in Sweden “ Electric vehicles are the way of the future,” said Dan Stubbergaard, architect and founder of COBE. “With our design, we offer EV drivers a time-out and an opportunity to mentally recharge in a green oasis. The energy and the technology are green, so we wanted the architecture, the materials and the concept to reflect that. So, we designed a charging station in sustainable materials placed in a clean, calm setting with trees and plantings that offer people a dose of mindfulness on the highway.” The firm’s design of the ultra-fast EV charging station won the infrastructure award of the 2018 Danish Building Awards and is being implemented across Scandinavia with support from EU Commission projects Connecting Europe Facility and High Speed Electric Mobility Across Europe. + COBE Images via COBE and Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

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COBE unveils LEED Gold-seeking affordable housing units in Toronto

March 11, 2019 by  
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Danish architectural firm COBE has unveiled a new mixed-use residential development in Toronto designed for LEED Gold certification. Created in collaboration with Toronto-based architectural firm architectsAlliance , the project will comprise three buildings — two designed by COBE — set in West Don Lands, a former industrial area on Toronto’s waterfront. The housing development will consist of 761 market rental apartments, including 30 percent affordable rental units indistinguishable in design from the others. Designed to celebrate the area’s different building typologies, the mixed-use residential buildings are made up of three architectural styles stacked one atop of another. The first layer at the street level will be a contemporary take on the redbrick warehouses found in the neighboring Distillery District; the middle layer is an interpretation of the Canary District warehouses north of the site; and the uppermost section is built of light concrete in reference to the existing industrial silos found on the harbor front. The resulting towers will be an “urban ensemble of unique structures,” the architects said. These three architecturally distinct layers are stacked and staggered to make way for large landscaped terraces to serve as shared outdoor amenity spaces, where residents can enjoy urban farming  and al fresco dining as well as landscape gardens, a playground and a pool area. This strong sense of community is strengthened in the center-most building containing additional amenities such as a cinema, fitness center, spa and music and childcare facilities; the other two buildings will also have local resident lounges and dining areas. Publicly accessible retail and restaurants will be located on the ground floor. Related: Former concrete factory is reborn as a unique music-inspired high school in Denmark “We want to create attractive homes that appeal to many different types of people,” said Dan Stubbergaard, architect and founder of COBE. “We have been working alongside the client team to develop a concept of radical mixed-use that provides all residents with a generous apartment, flooded with light through floor-to-ceiling windows  and access to attractive amenity spaces.” The project is expected to begin construction in mid-2019 with completion scheduled for early 2022. + COBE Images by COBE

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Kengo Kumas competition-winning aquatic center connects land and sea in Copenhagen

March 28, 2018 by  
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Kengo Kuma & Associates beat out the likes of BIG and 3XN Architects in a design competition for a new waterfront cultural center that will form part of Copenhagen’s artificial Paper Island (Papirøen). Chosen unanimously by the jury, Kuma’s winning scheme will offer leisure and recreational facilities housed within pyramidal volumes echoing the roof profiles of Christiansholm island. The buildings will also be built of brick in reference to traditional Danish craft. Revealed earlier this year, Kuma’s designs for the Papirøen Waterfront Culture Center were created in collaboration with Danish subcontractors Cornelius Voge, Soren Jensen engineers and Niels Sigsgaard. The 53,820-square-foot complex will be developed as part of COBE’s competition-winning masterplan for Paper Island . The masterplan and the waterfront cultural center are slated for completion by 2021. “The new Waterfront Cultural Center with Harbor baths at Paper Island is to highlight the significance of water in the history, culture and vibrant urban life in Copenhagen ,” wrote Yuki Ikeguchi, Partner in charge. “Our focus in design is to create an experience, and not just a standalone object, in the form of the landscape, art and architecture that are unified and defined by the water. Our design proposal strives to offer the diverse experiences of water in various states and conditions such as reflection of light and shadow, steam and flow that appeal to human senses.” Related: COBE Architects to transform Copenhagen’s Paper Island into a bustling cultural hub The cultural center is located on a corner site and will offer expansive views of the water inside and out. Skylights punctuate the cone-shaped buildings to let natural light into the ground-floor pools. The perforated brick facade also allows diffused light inside. + Kengo Kuma & Associates Via ArchDaily Images via Kengo Kuma & Associates

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COBE transforms former grain silo into a swanky apartment in Copenhagen

June 28, 2017 by  
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At first glance, it’s hard to imagine that there’s anything old about this swanky new high-rise in Copenhagen . But behind its modern steel facade is the skeleton of a 17-story former grain silo, the largest industrial building in the city’s Nordhavn (North Harbor), that’s been transformed into a modern apartment block. Designed by COBE , the adaptive reuse project transforms the silo into new residences with an industrial chic interior that pays homage to the building’s roots. The transformed building, simply called The Silo, was created as part of COBE’s larger revitalization effort and masterplanning of Nordhavn’s post-industrial area. The Silo includes 38 unique residential units that range from 106 to 401 square meters, and also includes a restaurant with panoramic views on the upper floor and public events space on ground level. To remake the former urban eyesore into an eye-catching urban focal point, the architects wrapped the concrete silo in an angular faceted facade made of galvanized steel that doubles as a climate screen. Related: World’s first silo brewery opens in abandoned NY grain elevator “What makes The Silo is its monolithic appearance, stemming from the materiality and facility of its construction,” wrote COBE. “Its rational form and complex interior are a direct result of its original use and functions as a grain silo.” While the architects retained the concrete skeleton to preserve the silo’s industrial character, they also infused the building with more natural light and warmth to create welcoming and livable spaces. The silo’s different grain and storage functions created diverse spatial variation that gave way to unique apartment layouts. The apartments have varying floor heights, with some reaching heights of seven meters. + COBE Images via COBE

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Former concrete factory begins anew as an alternative high school with no curriculum

March 30, 2017 by  
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A former concrete factory west of Copenhagen has taken its first steps towards transformation into an experimental Danish folk high school. Designed by MVRDV and Cobe , the Roskilde Festival Folk High School that’s broken ground will include a 3,000-square-meter learning center for art, music, leadership, and activism, as well as 2,600 square meters of student housing. The former industrial appearance of the factory will be largely preserved wherever possible. Inspired by the ideals of the Roskilde festival and by Danish author and teacher N.F.S.Grundtvig’s beliefs on education, the Roskilde Festival Folk High School will differ in many ways from the typical high school and will be the first newly-established folk high school of its kind in Denmark in 45 years. The alternative school has neither curriculum nor exams, and both students and teachers will live on campus during the school year. Education will usually be focused on creative and humanistic topics, as well as on common life at school. Designed to accommodate around 150 students, the Roskilde Festival Folk High School will be organized into three main learning zones: the Mind, which caters to writing, debate, and leadership training; the Body, for dance and music education; and the Hand, with facilities and classrooms for the visual arts, architecture, and design. These zones will be housed within boxes inserted into the renovated factory. One of the boxes will include a 150-person auditorium. Students will be encouraged to decorate the industrial interiors with their art. Related: MVRDV and COBE to Transform Danish Concrete Factory Into Rock and Roll Museum The folk high school is part of the 11,000-square-meter ROCKmagneten masterplan that will transform the on-site cement factories into a district for “rock music, creativity and youth culture.” The Roskilde Festival Folk High School is slated for completion in fall 2018. + MVRDV + COBE Images via MVRDV

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Worlds first Nordic Eco-labelled apartments completed in Copenhagen

January 13, 2017 by  
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The world’s first Nordic Eco-labelled project just wrapped up construction in one of Copenhagen’s most desirable areas. Designed by Danish architects Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and COBE , the award-winning Krøyers Plads development infuses a historic site in the center of the Copenhagen harbor with contemporary, eco-friendly construction. The five-story housing project meets stringent levels for sustainability and is nearly 40 percent more energy efficient than the legal requirements. Krøyers Plads occupies a coveted waterfront site—next to the world’s best restaurant, Noma , and opposite the Royal Playhouse—that had sat empty for years due to disagreements over the best ways to handle the historically and culturally sensitive site. Given the site’s reputation as an architectural and political battlefield, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and COBE’s award winning design is a major breakthrough. Created through a process that the designers call “hyper-democratic,” the development is a modern interpretation of the rows of 300-year-old industrial warehouses that sit perpendicular to the harbor. Related: House of Food Culture in Copenhagen will bring together food lovers and cooking aficionados “The neighbours were for instance invited to help define the height of the buildings and to help select the materials – both crucial for the way the new Krøyers Plads relates to its surroundings. Instead of inventing a new building typology, Krøyers Plads became a reinvention of the one already found adjacent to the site – the industrial warehouse,” says Dan Stubbergaard, Founder and Creative Director at COBE. Krøyers Plads’ three five-story housing units comprise 105 apartments ranging from 79 to 250 square meters in size that overlook the water. The ground floor houses restaurants, shops, and a supermarket. The apartments are the first in the world to achieve the Nordic Ecolabel and recently won the Green Good Design Award in January 2017. + Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects + COBE Images via Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

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House of Food Culture in Copenhagen will bring together food lovers and cooking aficionados

November 25, 2016 by  
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The L-shaped building will occupy a prominent location on the tree-lined Frederiksberg Alle, one of the most significant historic avenues in the Danish capital. It will comprise two levels of public spaces dedicated to culinary experiences and food, and 30 new housing units above. Different types of housing for families, students and singles will be distributed across five brick townhouses, including that accommodating the House of Food Culture. Related: Copenhagen’s Tietgenkollegiet Dorm is the Coolest Circular Housing Complex on Campus This project – to be built on top of a new metro station in the city – will be realized in collaboration with Union Holding and NRE Denmark, who previously worked with COBE on transforming a tall historic grain silo in Denmark into housing and exhibition space . + COBE Architects

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New rainwater-filled public pool just one feature planned for Cologne’s historic harbor

October 3, 2016 by  
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Danish architects COBE have designed the transformation planned for Cologne , a 2000-year-old city in Western Germany – from an old industrial harbor into an eco-friendly neighborhood organized around a huge waterfall and a large public pool . The architects won the recent competition organized by Cologne-based urban development company, Moderne Stadt . COBE collaborated with German engineers Transsolar and German firm  Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl  on the design of the project, resulting in a development that features an innovative water strategy and rainwater harvesting system. Rainwater is collected to sustain the pool and waterfall, the centerpieces of the masterplan connected by an innovative transportation network. The architects had to address the strong tides from the Rhine River and incorporate them into the design. They envisioned different zones, some of which are intended to flood while others remain dry. Related: COBE Architects to transform Copenhagen’s Paper Island into a bustling cultural hub “COBE is very smartly questioning which of the existing buildings to keep and how to translate the old structures into a new harbor district. Out of all the insights gained in the public process, COBE has developed highly specific answers for the harbor development,” said Franz-Josef Ho?ing, director of urban development in the municipality of Cologne and chairman of the competition jury. + COBE Architects Images by Beauty and the Bit

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COBE Architects transform Copenhagen’s Paper Island into a bustling cultural hub

February 16, 2016 by  
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