The Danish Architecture Centre's new exhibition, In Dialogue With The World, shows how today’s architects are bound by many other considerations than the purely aesthetic, when they create their buildings.
In this exhibition three distinguished Danish architecture companies – Henning Larsen Architects, SHL - schmidt hammer lassen architects and Adept Architects – invite us to listen to their personal, uncensored accounts of what it is like to work in the field of architecture in the 21st century. They will describe how they relate to citizens, culture, history and urban structures, when they design new architecture.
For example, schmidt hammer lassen architects, show how the bleak social reality of London was crucial in their design of a new school, which transformed the everyday life of the area’s youngsters. The architecture practice ADEPT show how they directly integrated the diverse wishes of residents into the design of a new House of Culture and Movement in Frederiksberg. Meanwhile, Henning Larsen Architects have chosen to move their work into the heart of the exhibition, transforming their space into a living, breathing design studio for the duration of the exhibition. Students from the Royal Danish Academy’s School of Architecture, in consultation with the public, will work on new proposals for the future layout of Copenhagen.
Together these three architecture companies will give us a rare opportunity to experience the many aspects of contemporary architecture, which are not otherwise immediately visible: the many complex relationships to which the architect must commit, before the architecture can take its final shape.
The Danish Architecture Centre, Strandgade 27B, Copenhagen
The exhibition runs from 18 January to 10 March 2013
1 - Harpa Reykjavik Henning Larsen Architects by Nik Lehoux
2 - Two towers, copyright Adept urbanus lille
3 - Performers House Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects