Dan Stubbergaard

Our Urban Living Room

Series: M.Arch Jury Week Keynote Lectures (H&U)
Date: Monday 8 January 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 102 mins

The lecture will be based on the work of Copenhagen-based COBE’s, which is been grounded in social liveability and urban democracy. Since its founding in 2006, COBE’s has aimed to create buildings and spaces that invite people to use and define them – extended living rooms, where the boundaries between private and public space become fluid. The presentation will look at specific projects to tell stories about the architectural development of Copenhagen while exploring the transformation of the Danish capital from an industrial city into an urban living room, known as one of the world’s most liveable places. 


Dan Stubbergaard founded COBE in 2006, after working at MVRDV in Rotterdam and PLOT in Copenhagen. He has since been the driving force behind all of COBE’s projects – from strong building icons to complex masterplans. His award-winning projects the Library in northwest Copenhagen (2011), Denmark’s rock music museum Ragnarock in Roskilde (2016), Adidas HalfTime in Germany (2018), Nørreport Station in Copenhagen (2015), the urban development of Paper Island in Copenhagen’s inner harbour (2021), and the development of Nordhavnen (The North Harbour) – the most extensive and most ambitious metropolis development project in Scandinavia, completed over the next 50 years. Alongside his architectural practice, he has taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, in Copenhagen, and is currently visiting professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the recipient of awards including the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale in 2006, Nykredit’s Architecture Prize in 2012, The Dreyer Foundation Grant Prize of Honour in 2015 and the Eckersberg Royal Medal in 2016 awarded by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.


Image credit: Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST.



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