olafur eliasson's first building is a curved brick, semi-submerged scheme in denmark

olafur eliasson's first building is a curved brick, semi-submerged scheme in denmark

in vejle, denmark, olafur eliasson and sebastian behmann, with studio olafur eliasson, have completed fjordenhus (fjord house). the project has been commissioned by KIRK KAPITAL, and serves as the company’s new headquarters. in addition to the scheme being designed by eliasson, the site incorporates the artist’s own installations, as well as specially-designed furniture and lighting.


rising from the water, fjordenhus forges a connection between vejle fjord and the city centre of vejle — one of jutland peninsula’s thriving economic hubs. the brick project marks a shift of the studio’s architectural activities to a new international office for art and architecture called studio other spaces (SOS), founded by eliasson and long-time collaborator, architect sebastian behmann.

olafur eliasson fjordenhus
all images by anders sune berg



eliasson and his team designed a public, double-height entrance dedicated to the building’s relationship to the harbor, specifically where the structure plunges beneath the water’s edge. two aqueous zones are visible from viewing platforms. this connection to the surrounding landscape was important across both the architectural spaces and eliasson’s artworks, which engage in a dialogue with the ever-changing environment.

olafur eliasson fjordenhus



‘I am very thankful for the trust shown by the kirk johansen family in inviting me, with my studio, to conceive fjordenhus,’ eliasson says. ‘this allowed us to turn years of research — on perception, physical movement, light, nature, and the experience of space — into a building that is at once a total work of art and a fully functional architectural structure. in the design team, we experimented from early on with how to create an organic building that would respond to the ebb and flow of the tides, to the shimmering surface of the water, changing at different times of the day and of the year. the curving walls of the building transform our perception of it as we move through its spaces. I hope the residents of vejle will embrace fjordenhus and identify with it as a new landmark for the harbour and their city.’

olafur eliasson's first building is a curved brick, semi-submerged scheme in denmark



formed of four intersecting cylinders, the building for KIRK KAPITAL soars 28 meters (92 feet) high. rounded negative volumes are carved from a facade of custom-glazed brick, creating an complex curved, circular, and elliptical forms, torquing walls and parabolic arches. within this its unique urban setting, the building highlights vejle’s future as a center for today’s generation, and communities to come.

olafur eliasson fjordenhus



studio other spaces will be the vehicle for eliasson and behmann to carry out large-scale interdisciplinary and experimental architectural projects of a scope similar to fjordenhus, in addition to works for public space.

olafur eliasson fjordenhus

olafur eliasson fjordenhus

olafur eliasson fjordenhus

olafur eliasson fjordenhus

olafur eliasson fjordenhus

olafur eliasson fjordenhus

olafur eliasson fjordenhus



  • Inspired by the Aalto Vase ?

    Henrik nørgård says:
  • But we local citizens would like to have it moved away. It looks like an ugly alien has moved into a nice place, and this proves that if you got money enough you can build anything anywhere and get away with it.

    Karl says:
  • i wanna live there

    isabella says:

    noellia becerra says:
  • This is beautiful but I can’t stop looking at the nasty stain all the way around the perimeter where it meets the water. It doesn’t read as a new building. Should have had a design solution implemented to prevent this. A few dark rows of stone or brick to hide the stain.

    steve hassler says:
  • No Karl, not true, a small part of the citizens agrees with you

    Troels says:
  • Amazing, I wouldn’t mind living there or see it from my window. More houses like that please.

    Dorthe says:
  • Beautiful place!.. Strong concepts. I like it.

    luisEfe80 says:
  • wannabe aesthetically pleasant, yet another empty fortress for the occluded minded cyclop
    this as much architecture as any other ‘selfish golden cage bunker’

    observe for 3 days and you might start seeing
    salad on teeth

    humble eye says:
  • With seemingly over-the-top indulgence in complex curves, it still works, at least as presented here. I wonder about how it is in person (evidently, there are different opinions, as seen above). I agree with comment about “bathtub ring” — maybe a fix can be created?

    James says:
  • For every local that hates this building, there will be 10 tourist who would like to come and see it – so you will benefit greatly for living in a place with destination architecture.

    Anders says:
  • Reminds me of (a smaller version of) the Sangsad Bhaban, the National Parliament Building and its nearby apartments in Dhaka, Bangladesh designed by Louis Khan.

    Northman says:
  • Beautiful sadly some of the outdoor views are blocked by the columns. I do love the brick. I wonder what this building will be used for.

    Sarah says:
  • Wow what a beautiful building. it must have been hard to build. I can see the name af the archictec but who has lay all the bricks ? that`s amazing woork !

    Pia Koch Jones says:

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