COBE. Common Contexts


Having finished his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and worked for architects of renown, among them his fellow Dane Bjarke Ingels and the Dutch team MVRDV, Dan Stubbergaard (Copenhagen, 1974) founded COBE in 2005. He has since combined a remarkable career as a practicing architect – his firm now counts a total of 130 employees – with intense dedication to teaching in his alma mater. His projects cover a wide range of scales and programs, but underlying each one of them are the idea of architecture as a process of multidisciplinary dialogue and an engine of social transformation, attention to context, and commitment to addressing the needs of the community. All this is materialized through a markedly contemporary language that reinterprets traditional Scandinavian architecture, as is evident in the four works featured in the following pages: the Red Cross Volunteer House extension, the transformation of an old grain silo, a kindergarten, and a residential development.

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