VEJLE, Denmark––Employing contemporary architecture couched in traditional brick, the semi-submerged structure’s convex and concave facades reflect the water below undulating in and out of its environment. Long, arched articulations not only make up and support the building’s castle tower-like second story, but also yield a grotto-esque feel in the areas below. Intersecting the structure’s entrance is a walkway which hovers slightly above the water.
The building is a first by artist Olafur Eliasson and his firm, DesignBoom writes adding the scheme was dedicated to the building’s relationship to the adjacent harbor.
Rising from the water, Fjordenhus forges a connection between vejle fjord and the city centre of Vejle—one of Jutland peninsula’s thriving economic hubs. The project marks a shift of the studio’s architectural activities to a new international office for art and architecture called Studio Other Spaces (SOS), founded by Eliasson and long-time collaborator, architect Sebastian Behmann.
In addition to designing the structure, Eliasson also incorporated his own art installations and included specially-designed furniture and lighting as part of the SOS initiative. The project was commissioned by KIRK KAPITAL, which uses the building as its headquarters.
About the studio: Studio Other Spaces is an international office for art and architecture, founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann in Berlin in 2014. As an architectural counterpart to Studio Olafur Eliasson, Studio Other Spaces focuses on interdisciplinary and experimental building projects and works in public space.
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