The Heart of the Stone

The Heart of the Stone - Close up III: Lundgaard & Tranberg was Danish Architecture Centre's big summer exhibition created by the writer, Tor Nørretranders.

Exhibition Period 26 June 2014 - 21 September 2014
Show on map Location Danish Architecture Centre


Architecture is not about what buildings look like. Architecture is about how buildings shape people's lives. The most important issue is how houses channel currents of light, air and water; not whether they belong to a particular aesthetic trend. THE TIETGEN DORMITORY. Photo:  Kristian Ridder-Nielsen

Architecture is not merely about beautiful buildings and eye-catching structures. Architecture is about creating settings for people's lives and experiences: settings for the current of light, energy, substance and people, who are the very pulse of life.

This was the fundamental contention made by the writer, Tor Nørretranders, who has curated The Heart of the Stone, which looked at the work of the internationally renowned Danish architecture practice, Lundgaard & Tranberg.

The Heart of the Stone was not a classic architectural exhibition with a display of models of architects' works. It was a diverse presentation, involving brickwork, images, texts, running water, mirrors, optical effects, computer models and poems, which would stimulate visitors' sense of touch, spatial awareness, sense of depth, perception of time and scientific curiosity.  

While the exhibition was of course about the work of Lundgaard & Tranberg, it also investigated the essence of the endeavours made by architects to create settings for the progress of life.

But the most fundamental aspect of this exhibition was, that it was not located in the exhibition space. The experience provided by the galleries of the Danish Architecture Centre was intended to be an eye-opener, an introduction to an excursion around the city, and an opportunity to look at the buildings from the perspective engendered by the exhibition.

The exhibition was the third in Danish Architecture Centre's exhibition series, Close Up.


The exhibition was supported by Realdania, Nordea-fonden, Dreyers Fond and Petersen Tegl.

The exhibition was developed by Tor Nørretranders in collaboration with
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Photo: Kristian Ridder-Nielsen


Photo: Kristian Ridder-Nielsen


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Thursday, April 24, 2014 / By Sidsel Hartlev

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