At Vandkunsten Architects we design architecture for people. Our houses are designed for the ways that people live, work, play, and think. Housing, buildings, and cities must be at eye level and make room for communities.
Strategy for mobility
Designed for the local community
The project kickstart Tornhøj focus on the suburb Tornhøj in Aalborg, however it is to be seen together with a larger city- and landscape planning strategy commissioned for Aalborg municipality and Realdania, together with Marianne Levinsen Landskab. Lighting design for the path and the stage is developed with Kongshaug. The core of the project was to rethink the connection between the two neighbourhoods. Instead of being an eerie tunnel under a busy road, it was to become an attractive, light and safe path with qualities that would invite the local community to use it in their everyday and for larger events. Accompanying the path is a sequence of urban spaces; playgrounds, green parks, gardens, scenes and sitting steps. The path can therefore be described as more than simply a connection, but a sequence of urban spaces where the local community can be gather and be strengthened.
A green strategy for the cultural hub
Holstebro has a population of 36 thousand. A 21.000m2 plot near the town centre is liberated as the town hospital will move to new facilities. This is why Holstebro municipality and the Færch Foundation have established Holstebro Development and launched a competition for the future of Holstebro. Team Vandkunsten won the competition with strategic approaches to improve the connections within Holstebro with the town’s vibrant cultural scene, its surrounding nature, and a diversified housing catalogue.
Life before the city – a city for life
The industrial harbour and the railway terrain in the city of Køge is to be developed into a vibrant and sustainable urban district. A district that is to knit all of Køge more closely together in a process lasting until 2040, strengthening the city’s efforts to become an attractive spot in the Copenhagen and greater Øresund region, the area extending on both sides of the strait between Denmark and Sweden. Vandkunsten has been involved in this highly ambitious project from the outset. The urban development project was launched in 2009 by Køge Municipality and the development fund Realdania with a competition for a development plan for the area. Vandkunsten won the competition as part of a consortium involving several other partners. In 2011, the motto ‘Life before the city – a city for life’ was selected as the overarching concept for the project. The development plan contains both a plan for the physical design of Køge Coast and a number of strategies for the focus areas that are going to drive the development of the area. These interdisciplinary focus areas involve culture, sustainability, construction and business promotion.
Village with an ambition for growth
The town of Årslev/Sdr.Nærå of 3.700 citizens is experiencing a remarkable 20 percent growth in the last decade, which is uncommon for rural Danish towns. The town has a strong community and it is surrounded by nature. The ambition is clear for the town and it wants to attract another 1.200 residents or 10 percent before 2030. This is the reason why the municipality of Faaborg-Midtfyn launched two competitions in 2018. Vandkunsten won one of them with a clear concept for developing a town and creating an identity, which balances between urbanity and nature. Embracing the open landscape, the main idea is to let the town grow in urban islands in surrounded by nature. This is possible because the density of the neighborhood clusters is high. The major benefit is the direct access to nature by basically all units. Inspired by the masterplan laytout of the numerous manors in the region, each cluster will be developed with urban typologies such as a local square and passageways. Each cluster has its architectural identity from the local landscape, such as the Hill, the Stream, and the Woods.