the danish pavilion celebrates collaborative innovation with projects by BIG, praksis arkitekter, CITA, and vandkunsten

the danish pavilion celebrates collaborative innovation with projects by BIG, praksis arkitekter, CITA, and vandkunsten

under the title ‘possible spaces – sustainable development through collaborative innovations’, the danish pavilion at the venice architecture biennale presents four innovative projects that propose highly differentiated solutions to sustainable development. commissioned by the danish architecture center, curator natalie mossin selected: the new svinkløv badehotel seaside hotel by praksis arkitekter; virgin hyperloop one by BIG; material based method K2 by CITA; and albertslund south by vandkunsten architects. additionally, the pavilion also includes a presentation of BLOX, the recently completed building by OMA, as a framework for the narrative of experience-exchange and collaboration. 

all photos by rasmus hjortshøj © danish architecture center unless stated otherwise



the exhibition title refers to new opportunities for sustainable development that arise through interdisciplinary collaboration, and which materialize in the four selected projects. each project responds to a specific topic around the theme of future development and innovation including construction, identity, mobility and new tools. CITA‘s impressive installation at the pavilion entrance demonstrates the potentials of developing new digital interdisciplinary design and construction methods. inside the pavilion, hyperloop, a visionary development project by BIG done in collaboration with several international stakeholders, illustrates travel in tomorrow’s world through a radical new perception of space, landscape, time and distance. responsible for the rebuilding of the historic svinkløv badehotel that burned down in a recent fire, praksis arkitekter invites visitors inside the development process behind the new hotel, answering questions of how can architecture recreate a sense of identity and ownership. last, vandkunsten architects demonstrates how architects in collaboration with housing societies, contractors, a local authority and residents can convert existing housing stock into contemporary, sustainable homes, through the example of the albertslund south renovation located in the danish suburbs.



common feature of the four projects is that they all represent genuinely local solutions – while demonstrating their potential in relation to the global development agendas they address. the danish participation is commissioned by the danish architecture centre (DAC) and funded by the country’s ministry of culture, the realdania non-profit society and the danish arts foundation committee for architecture

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praksis arkitekter invites visitors to step inside the architectural development process behind the new svinkløv badehotel

vandkunsten presents the renovation task of 1000+ courthouses in albertslund south

the exhibition revolved around four topics: housing, mobility, identity and new tools

the recently built BLOX, designed by OMA, is presented as denmark’s new freespace
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BIG’s hyperloop one looks at how infrastructure can alter spatial relationships on a grand scale

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bjarke ingels (BIG), josh giegel (virgin hyperloop one), kristian hagemann (gottlieb paludan architects) and dan stubbergaard (COBE architects) participate in a talk around mobility

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designboom’s coverage of the 2018 venice architecture biennale is in partnership with leading energy company edison. edison is taking part in the 16th international architecture exhibition of la biennale di venezia by initiating a path towards sustainability and the efficient use of resources. the collaboration between edison and la biennale is based on awareness that energy is one of the fundamental elements of architecture and of the places, spaces and cities of contemporary life.

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