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COBE presents its new exhibition and book in a giant scaffold at Danish Architecture Center
Denmark Architecture News - Oct 25, 2016 - 13:08 16467 views
COBE published a new 500 page book titled ''Our Urban Living Room'' and presents its new book and exhibition in a giant timber scaffold, placed at Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen. Architecture studio designed a 1:1 exhibition space by creating a new spatial wooden frame that compliments the existing architecture of the old warehouse and invites visitor interaction-the exhibition space is also an extension of a 130 year old building taking part at Danish Architecture Center.
Called Our Urban Living Room, both the book and the exhibition focus on the architectural development of Copenhagen seen through the eyes of Cobe, who has had a widely popular breakthrough in Copenhagen, particularly, with projects such as Nørreport Station and the development of Nordhavn - currently the biggest urban development project in Scandinavia. In the exhibition and book Cobe urges people to experience the city from a new perspective; as an extended living room, where the boundaries between private and public space become fluid.
Copenhagen has gone through radical changes in the last 30 years and is today known as one of the world’s most liveable cities. It used to be an industrial city - today it is our urban living room. The exhibition and the book are based on specific COBE projects that tell stories about Copenhagen’s architectural development - and how this development is affecting the conditions of people’s lives.
COBE regards the city as an extended home and they strive to create buildings and spaces that invite Copenhageners to use and define them. From the beginning it has been clear that the architectural developement of Copenhagen should be the theme for both the book and the exhibition.
''Our city is our home, and that quality is what underpins the success of Copenhagen today. The more we care for it, the better we will treat it. The better it is designed, the more people will want to live in our city and take pride in it. This is not a matter of beauty, elegance, or wealth, but a story of social liveability and urban democracy,'' says Dan Stubbergaard, owner and creative director of COBE.
''As a special feature for the exhibition we have installed several 1:1 mock-ups from real life architectural projects. For example, a 1:1 mock-up of one of the balconies (7,5 x 8 x 2 meters) from one of Cobe’s housing projects, The Silo, which has been mounted on the façade of the Danish Architecture Center. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to step outside onto the balcony and enjoy the spectacular view of the Copenhagen Harbour,'' adds Dan Stubbergaard.
The wooden frame becomes a giant wooden bookshelf with models, pictures, texts, drawings and much more. Copies of the Urban Living Room book are placed throughout this large scale books- helf providing visitors with additional information for each installation.
''The giant bookshelf surrounds seven spaces that represent seven urban challenges in the trans- formation of Copenhagen. These include among others: architecture for children, the transforma- tion of old buildings, and a vision for the Copenhagen of tomorrow. By creating an exhibition and a book that urges to interaction and play, visitors will help us define the urban living room at the Danish Architecture Centre - the same way we all help create the urban living rooms of Copenhagen,'' says Dan Stubbergaard.
Unlike art exhibitions, architecture exhibitions show representations of something you can experi- ence in 1:1 somewhere far away from the exhibition spaces. Therefore, COBE expands the exhibition space and encourages visitors to go out into the city of Copenhagen and explore the architecture and real life urban living rooms.
During the exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre, visitors have the opportunity to experience some of COBE’s projects that are all a 10-minute walk from the exhibition.
You can experience the housing project Krøyers Plads at the harbour front or you can find your way towards Christiania and see the first phase of Scandinavia’s largest preschool - Kids’ City Christianshavn. You can end the tour at Paper Island - a transformed industrial island turned into a creative hub for food, art, and design.
Paper Island itself is the essence of an urban living room. Here, COBE’s office is located, and they invite visitors in, to show their work with the future of Paper Island in their gallery at the ground floor of their office.
During the exhibiton, there will be a number of events arranged by the Danish Architecture Centre and COBE. Each Sunday, visitors can for instance participate in a guided tour. You will visit Krøyers Plads, Kids’ City Christianshavn, and stop by COBE’s office on the Paper Island besides visiting the exhibition itself.
As part of the exhibition, COBE urges visitors to contribute to a digital map where you can instagram your favourite spot in Copenhagen - the places where the city becomes an extended living room. The map gathers the information and visitors are able to inspire others to go out and explore the city.
The exhibition can be visited until January 8, 2017 at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen, and is accompanied by the Our Urban Living Room book published by Arvinius + Orfeus.
All images © Rasmus Hjortshøj /COAST
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