Copenhagen-based firm ADEPT has been awarded 250,000 DKK as winners of Nykredit’s Architecture Awards, the most prestigious architectural distinction in Scandinavia. Founded in 1987 by the Nykredit Foundation, the Motivation Award is “an encouragement to continue and further develop an already obvious talent” seen in young architectural practices, as is the case with this year’s winner.
“ADEPT inscribes themselves into the group of younger offices inspired by the Dutch Wave of the 00’s” explained the jury. “Founded in 2006 on the verge of the financial crises, its three partners have succeeded in firmly establishing ADEPT, in Denmark as well as internationally, as a solid cast business with its own clear identity rather than merely as an exponent of a time phenomenon.”
With Anders Lonka, Martin Laursen and Martin Krogh at the helm since its inception, the firm has successfully completed a number of core projects over the past ten years, thereby developing a design identity and approach. Recent projects include the Ku.Be House of Culture in Movement, designed in collaboration with MVRDV as a compositional community center in Frederiksberg, as well as the zero-energy Harbour Houses in Aarhus that offer an alternative form of housing in the port area.
We are really proud to receive Nykredit’s Motivation Award, say the three founders. It is a huge recognition of our work and our approach. An approach, that we are looking very much forward to investigate even further in the years to come.
ADEPT has been recognized for its work in the past, winning the Danish Landscape Award in 2010 and the Best Higher Research and Education Building at the 2014 World Architecture Festival. Earlier this year, construction began on the firm’s commission to design a masterplan for Budapest’s largest urban development in 30 years and collaborated with young practice Vargo Nielsen Palle and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter on the successful proposal for additions to the Aarhus School of Architecture.
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32 From the architect. The 3200 m2 Ku.Be House of Culture in Movement was designed for the municipality of Frederiksberg as a focal point for both the immediate community and also the wider area of Copenhagen; one that the people themselves could take ownership of and that would evolve its programme based on the specific wants and needs of its users.
Team Led by Emerging Architects Vargo Nielsen Palle Beats Out BIG, SANAA in New Aarhus School of Architecture Competition
Competing against a shortlist of internationally acclaimed architects, the team led by newly established practice Vargo Nielsen Palle (in collaboration with ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter) has been selected as the winners of the NEW AARCH competition, which sought designs for several new buildings for the Aarhus School of Architecture and the development of the surrounding area in Aarhus known as Godsbanearealerne.