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Our Urban Living Room opens in Berlin

On 17 January 2020, Cobe and Aedes Architecture Forum open the doors to the exhibition ‘Our Urban Living Room’ in Berlin. The exhibition invites visitors to experience the city from a new perspective – as an extended living room in which the boundaries between the private and public space are erased. The exhibition presents a selection of realized Cobe projects. Using models, images, texts, drawings and films, an expansive wooden installation also tells a story about Copenhagen's architectural development and how these changes affect the everyday lives of people and their social interactions.

This is Cobe's third ‘Our Urban Living Room’ exhibition, following its first at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen in 2016, and later at Laituri in Helsinki in 2018. The revised edition is developed by Cobe in collaboration with Aedes, and generously supported by Dreyers Fond, Tømmerhandel Johannes Fogs Fond and Knud Højgaards Fond. 'Our Urban Living Room' runs from 17 January to 30 April 2020 at Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin, Germany. See more info here.

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All of adidas under one roof

In 2019, the iconic sports brand adidas had its 70th anniversary. And in 2018, the world-famous company with the three iconic stripes opened the HALFTIME building - a huge and striking new building that forms part of its corporate headquarters, ‘World of Sports’, in Germany.

In addition to a canteen for all HQ employees, the building contains meeting rooms, a conference center and a showroom where the company’s high-profile brand ambassadors can stop by to see the latest designs, collections and ideas. To accommodate the many internal and public functions that HALFTIME includes, the building is versatile and multi-purpose, bringing together as many of the company’s activities and functions as possible together under one roof. The huge rhomboid roof covers the entire building like a carpet, bringing staff, visitors and brand ambassadors together and thus enabling more and wider contacts.

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Karen Blixens Plads is finalist for Årets Arne Award 2020

Karen Blixens Plads is finalist for the prestigious Årets Arne Award 2020 from the Danish Association of Architects, selected among 32 shortlisted projects.

Each year, the Danish Association of Architects honours completed projects and innovative ideas that have inspired debate or made a difference to architecture in the Danish capital. The other finalists include the City Circle Line (Cityringen) metro, Holbergskolens Næste Skur, Skt. Kjelds Plads Klimakvarter, Havebyen Mozart 74 and Venligbolig Plus.

Following a celebratory event held on January 22 to honour the six finalists, the winner will be announced on January 31.

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Cobe Sessions Podcast, episode 2, is online

The second episode of Cobe Sessions Podcast is out now, recapitulating 'Cobe Sessions - From C40 to 2025'. Meet Cobe's Founder Dan Stubbergaard, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen and CEO of Realdania, Jesper Nygård, discussing Copenhagen's sustainable future. The debate is moderated by Journalist, Mikkel Frey Damgaard.

Subscribe at your preferred podcast service or follow this link to listen to the podcast. This podcast is in Danish.

Cobe Sessions is a recurrent event held at our studio in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn where Cobe invites different players in the architecture and design business to share and discuss their work.

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West Don Lands wins 2019 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence

Cobe and Architects Alliance's affordable housing project in Toronto, West Don Lands, has been awarded the 2019 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.

The project stacks the architectural components from the three surrounding neigbourhoods: townhouses, warehouses and silos, creating a complex that both adapts to its surroundings and contributes by adding new distinctive, robust architecture. Consisting of three buildings, two of which Cobe has designed, the project contains 761 market rental apartment units including 30 percent affordable rental units.

Quote from jury member Joe Lobko:

"This project reminds us of the basic rules of great urbanism: buildings that help define streets and public spaces, with a vibrant ground plane and appropriately scaled and shaped built form that artfully interprets its historic context, while accommodating a wide range of use and population. It works on so many levels. The approach to affordable housing for this privileged site is timely, ambitious and appropriate for provincial land such as this".

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Roskilde Festival Højskole wins German Design Award 2020

Cobe and MVRDV have won the distinguished German Design Award 2020 for Roskilde Festival Højskole. The project is part of the Musicon district in the city of Roskilde, that has transformed an old industrial area into an area consisting of a school, student housing, a rock museum, among others.

The jury of the German Design Council has given the following statement on awarding the folk high school:

"The colorful cubes, integrated into the existing architecture of the old concrete factory through a distinctive box-in-box concept, act as classrooms reminiscent of the modern interior style of a start-up company. A refreshingly-different choice of architecture for a school, which underlines the informal teaching style beautifully."

The German Design Award identifies and presents unique design trends and is given to projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape. See more info here.

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Cobe Sessions No 4: From C40 to 2025

In October the world’s mayors met in Copenhagen at the C40 World Mayors Summit to discuss climate solutions worldwide. As the C40 host city, Copenhagen has a goal to be the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. What strategies and concrete measures will get us there? And is Copenhagen able to achieve the goal in time?

Join us for a prominent debate between Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, CEO of Realdania, Jesper Nygård, and Architect and Founder of Cobe, Dan Stubbergaard. The debate is moderated by Journalist, Mikkel Frey Damgaard.

The session will be in Danish. FREE admission. NO registration. Cobe Sessions is a recurring event held at Cobe's studio in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn. We invite different players in the architecture and design business to share and discuss their work. The in-studio café run by Cobe and Depanneur is open during and after the event, where you are welcome to have a drink and hang out. See more info here.

Time and location:
December 5 2019 at 4.00-8.00 pm at Cobe's studio, Orientkaj 4, DK-2150 Nordhavn.

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Free give-away: New book about The Silo

Following the Global Galvanizers Award that Cobe received last year for The Silo, European General Galvanizers Association (EGGA) has published a limited edition paperback book about The Silo, written by Isabelle Priest. The book explores the critically acclaimed project in details, telling about everything from the local history to the construction process and the interior and exterior of the building.

Get your free copy at our in-studio café - first come, first served.

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The Danish Association of Architects nominates two Cobe projects

We are excited to announce that Cobe's two newly inaugurated public spaces in Copenhagen, Karen Blixens Plads and Designmuseum Danmark, have been shortlisted for Årets Arne Award 2020. Each year, the Danish Association of Architects honours completed projects, and innovative ideas that have inspired debate or made a difference to architecture in the Danish capital.

Altogether, 32 projects have been shortlisted, but only five projects will be officially nominated. Since this year's award is based on a public voting, we urge you to check out the nominees and place your vote(s) by clicking the link below. The voting ends on December 1 2019, and the nominees will be announced later that month.

Vote through this link:

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Cobe presents 'Our Urban Living Room' in Freiburg

On November 21 2019, Cobe's architect and project director Caroline Nagel will do a public presentation about 'Our Urban Living Room' in Freiburg, Germany. The presentation will take place at Freiburg Concert Hall at 7:00 PM and is open to the public.

'Our Urban Living Room' is based on Cobe's work in Copenhagen the last decade, grounded in social livability and urban democracy, and our aim to create cities, buildings and public spaces that invite Copenhageners to use and define them; as an extended living room, where the boundaries between private and public space is fluid. 'Our Urban Living Room' tells stories about the architectural development of Copenhagen, while exploring the progression of the Danish capital - from an industrial city into an urban living room, known as one of the world’s most livable places.

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