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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.

Link to event:

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New spectacular square in Copenhagen, promoting green transportation, climate change adaptation and biodiversity

Late August was the official opening of a new, major square at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark: Karen Blixens Plads.

The square has a unique undulating landscape with bicycle hills and plant beds. It is one of the largest public spaces in Copenhagen and has room for more than 2,000 parked bicycles, two-thirds of them in covered spaces inside the bicycle hills. In a soft transition, Karen Blixens Plads brings together the university's need for urban spaces and bicycle parking with the open landscape of the neigbouring common, promoting green transportation, climate change adaptation and biodiversity.

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A closer look at greater Copenhagen’s new public transport landmark: Køge Nord Station

In early summer, greater Copenhagen’s new public transport hub, Køge Nord Station, was officially opened. A spectacular foot-bridge, a station and a park area, hovering high-speed trains, local trains and the busiest motorway in the country. Designed by Cobe, DISSING+WEITLING architecture and COWI, the station forms a significant hub for green mobility, and provides access to more efficient and sustainable public transport for everyone going to and from the Danish capital.

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'Architects, not Architecture' returns to Copenhagen, featuring Dan Stubbergaard

The unique event format 'Architects, not Architecture' will be held in Copenhagen on October 10 2019, with architect and founder of Cobe, Dan Stubbergaard, as key note speaker, sharing his background and the formative experiences that shaped his work. The speaker line-up also includes Sheila O'Donnell, founder of O'Donnell+Tuomey (Dublin), and Morten Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (Aarhus).

Learn more about AnA and book tickets for the event here.

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Dan Stubbergaard attends Golden Days debate in Copenhagen

Meet Cobe's founder Dan Stubbergaard in a public debate about the invisible paywalls of our cities, together with Kristoffer Lindhart Weiss, Philosopher and Director of the Danish Architectural Press and David Pinder, Professor of Urban Studies at RUC.

Rising housing prices accompanied by expensive rents build an economic wall around the world’s biggest cities. While cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus earn international recognition for their high quality of life, economic imbalances and structural challenges are rising. What are the consequences of this development and what tools do urban planners and politicians have to face these challenges?

The debate is organized by Golden Days together with the Danish Architectural Press and will be in English. Admission is free. No registration. See more here.

Time and location:

Thursday 19th September 2019 at 4:30pm at Cobe's studio, Orientkaj 4, DK-2150 Nordhavn.