Young Danish architects win competition for the House of the North
A design consisting of three houses on pillars in a landscape of stairs, shelves and terraces is the winning proposal for a future culture house on the harbour of Odense in Denmark. The building is set to open in 2013.
Young Danish architects CORNELIUS + VÖGE and ISAGER architects together with contractor Hans Jørgensen og Søn, Grontmij and Masu Planning, have been selected winners of the cultural building House of The North Atlantic. The Building will represent and exhibit the 3 North Atlantic countries: Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland in Denmark. The building has an area of 3800 m2 and will include exhibition areas, conference rooms, restaurant, library and student housing.
The focal point of the competition has been to make House of the North Atlantic a strong architectural statement that expresses the culture and identity of the 3 Nordic countries.
The building is made as a small assembly of separate houses of different shapes and heights. The houses are on pillars standing on an organic landscape plateau of sitting areas, stairs, shelves and terraces. The ground floor is open and transparent making all the public facilities visible from the harbour side. The houses have a clear reference to the black wooden buildings of the Nordic countries and the landscape plateau is related to the dramatic landscapes of the North Atlantic islands. The materials are telling the same story as the archi-tecture; black metal, concrete with stones from Greenland and driftwood from Iceland.