Cobe to transform former correctional facility into a green, sustainable city district

Cobe is selected to design a masterplan transforming the iconic star-shaped Vridsløselille correctional facility, located in the city of Albertslund just 15 km from central Copenhagen, into a green, sustainable city district of up to 160,000-square-metre housing and common facilities. Rather than tearing down the former state prison, the well-known prison gate and other essential qualities of the existing landscapes and cultural environments in the area will be preserved, transformed and actively integrated in the new city district.

We have already started up the process for the Vridsløselille masterplan and are excited to continue our work in collaboration with landowner A. Enggaard A/S, Freja Ejendomme and Albertslund Kommune. In a parallel assignment done earlier this year, two schemes, designed by Cobe and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, respectively, were recommended for the next step. Elements from the two projects can be implemented in the work ahead to develop the masterplan.

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Karen Blixen Plads wins Dezeen Awards 2020

Karen Blixens Plads wins Dezeen Awards 2020 - landscape project of the year - selected out of more than 4,300 entries from over 85 countries across five continents!

Identifying the world's best architecture, interiors and design, the award was given with the following words from the jury: "It's impressive - how they made this project feel like a breath of fresh air; it's egalitarian in spirit whilst triggering curiosity. A mix of landscape design and architecture, it offers a great solution to the problem of bike storage in Copenhagen."

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Dan Stubbergaard lectures online at the University of Washington

As part of his Visiting Professorship this year for the University of Washington, Department of Architecture, Founder of Cobe Dan Stubbergaard will present recent works of Cobe in an online lecture on November 24 at noon PST. Register for the lecture (for free) by submitting you name and email and you will recieve a link the day before.

See more info about the lecture and how to register here.

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Cobe to design Culture School

Cobe, Norconsult and Gade&Mortensen Acustics win the competition to design a new culture school in the Danish city of Hjørring, and part of the city’s cultural axis.

An industrial and flexible truss supported structure will contain a learning landscape of wooden boxes stacked around a central common area functioning as the school’s communal heart and center stage. Each of the boxes will host a variety of functions - music studios, art studios, dance halls, classrooms and offices. Positioned to receive DGNB Gold certification, the one-of-kind culture school will be a informal, robust and flexible frame, set for completion in 2022.

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New Ultra-Fast Charging station opening in Aarhus

Electric car drivers can now get their EV charged while enjoying a spectacular view of the bay and harbor in Aarhus city. A single wooden canopy, constructed for future disassembly, offers ultra-fast charging with 300 kWh - not only minimizing the usual charging time but also creating a meaningful break for the driver and passenger.

The new station opening today is part of an upcoming network of 10,000 new charging points in Denmark, provided by Clever by 2025.

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Karen Blixens Plads nominated for DETAIL Readers' Prize 2020

As 1 of 13 projects, Karen Blixens Plads is nominated for DETAIL Readers’ Prize 2020 – the international award for innovative architecture, outstanding interior design and constructive highlights.

Awarded on the basis of public voting, vote for Karen Blixens Plads before October 30 2020 and help us win the DETAIL Readers' Prize.

Place your vote here.

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Cobe wins competition to transform Bremerhaven harbour into resilient, mixed-use city district

Cobe has been announced as winner of the competition to transform the former industrial harbor in Bremerhaven, Germany, into a 140 ha robust and resilient city district. Appreciating both new and existing structures, the masterplan is based on three equally important strategies for the blue, the green and the build. The project gives the water back to the city with a planned bio pool and a 6 km long harbor promenade, among others. The city district is planned with a focus on small neigbourhoods with their own social and cultural catalysts. The catalysts are reused historical buildings that preserve the former harbour’s inherent DNA, while helping to set the masterplan in motion.

Created in collaboration with Transsolar and SHP Ingenieure, the project consists of mixed-use developments integrated into the industrial heritage architecture preserved on-site, providing homes for approx. 7,000 inhabitants and workspaces for another 4,000.

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Dan Stubbergaard recieves the C. F. Hansen Medal

The Academy Council has bestowed Founder of Cobe Dan Stubbergard with the C. F. Hansen Medal – the highest honors from the academy – for his distinguished work and contribution to the arts.

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Karen Blixens Plads wins the Climate Prize in Building Awards 2020

Karen Blixens Plads has been announced as winner of the Climate Prize in this year's Building Awards. The award is given on the basis of creating innovative solutions in relation to future climate challenges. The jury elaborates on the award:

“A plane, dull and wind-swept site has been transformed into an open and inviting urban space that considers and promotes green transportation, climate proofing and biodiversity. A powerful example of how climate proofing not necessarily needs to be boring and “unsexy".

The project has succeeded in creating an urban space, that takes part in providing Denmark against incipient and future climate changes. Moreover, the university square connects a large campus area with aesthetic and practical solutions that not only include handling of rainwater and wind but also merges the plaza with the neighbouring greenery and smoothly encourages the most climate neutral kind of transportation: The bicycle.”


Cobe selected for architecture competition for the Millennium site in Frankfurt

In corporation with the City of Frankfurt, CA Immo has invited Cobe to compete for the Millennium-Areal in the heart of Frankfurt’s Europaviertel. The goal is to develop a 185,000-square-metre mixed-use building complex. With two towers respectively 260-metre and 150-metre tall and a low-rise development, the project will include Germany’s tallest tower when completed.

Cobe is invited as one of eight architecture firms, including David Chipperfield (UK/DE), Herzog & de Meuron (CH), OMA (NL), Ferdinand Heide Architekt (DE), Ingenhoved Architects (D), Schneider+Schumacher (DE) and 3xN (DK).