The opening was launched last Friday with a big party and speeches by founder of Cobe, Dan Stubbergaard, founder of Aedes, Kristin Feireiss, and Ambassador of Denmark, Friis Arne Petersen. The focus of the exhibition is the architectural firm Cobe, today it is one of the most acclaimed and award winning architecture firms in Denmark and one of the most renowned protagonists of a new generation of Danish architects.
The exhibition ‘Our Urban Living Room’ presents a selection of realized Cobe projects in Copenhagen, including the urban space Karen Blixens Plads, the residential highrise The Silo and the Frederiksvej Kindergarten. The current edition of the exhibition in Berlin was developed by Cobe in cooperation with Aedes Architecture Forum.
A city in transformation
Over the past 30 years, Copenhagen has undergone major changes – from a postindustrial city to one of the most liveable cities in the world, establishing itself as an experimental metropolis for sustainable urban development and pioneering architecture.
“Our city is our home, and that quality is what underpins the success of Copenhagen today. The more we care for it – as architects, but more importantly as Copenhageners ourselves – the better we will treat it. The better it is designed, the more people will want to live well 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, architect and founder of Cobe.
Step into a giant bookcase
With the exhibition, Cobe invites the visitors to step into a giant wooden bookcase, which contains models, images, texts, drawings and many other exhibits which the exhibition visitors can climb into, touch and listen to. Copies of Cobe’s book ‘Our Urban Living Room’ are also found in the bookcase, so in that sense, exhibition and book go hand in hand.
“The large wooden bookcase forms a setting for showcasing seven different themes from our work. That includes, among others, architecture for children, the transformation of industrial buildings and what Copenhagen should look like in the future. By creating an exhibition that invites play and interaction, we invite the visitors to help us define the urban living room we have created at Aedes – just as we are all involved in shaping Copenhagen’s urban living rooms,” says Dan Stubbergaard.
- Location: Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinestr, Berlin, Germany
- Architect: Cobe
- Collaboration: Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing, Rama Studio and Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST
- Cooperation: Aedes
- Collaboration: Danish Architecture Center
- Sponsor: Dreyers Fond, Johannes Fogs Fond, Knud Højgaards Fond and KUKURUZ
- Date: January 18 – April 29 2020
- Photographs: Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST, Courtesy of Cobe