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Our Urban Living Room

On 14 October 2016 the Danish Architecture Centre will open an exhibition about the Danish architectural practice, Cobe. In just ten years, Cobe have managed to establish themselves as a leading practice with a great understanding of the function of architecture as a social engine. On the basis of this philosophy, they have made a wide-ranging popular breakthrough with projects such as the new Nørreport Station, Israels Plads and the development of Nordhavn.

EXHIBITION PERIOD: 14 October - 8 January
LOCATION: Danish Architecture Centre
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The exhibition at DAC involves a totally unique concept. In addition to visiting the exhibition, visitors can also visit Cobe and enjoy a close-up experience of some of the buildings they have designed located within walking distance of DAC.

In recent years, Cobe have made their distinctive mark on Copenhagen with a number of pioneering projects that have made them familiar to a wide audience. The exhibition will delve into some of their many projects and illustrate what Cobe and the people, who move in and around their buildings and public spaces on a daily basis, have learned from this wealth of inspirational projects.

As far as the architecture firm Cobe is concerned, the city is our new living room. Increasingly, we shift our everyday activities out into it and we feel at home there. In 'Our Urban Living Room', Cobe describe their vision and present the ideas that have formed the basis of their projects in Copenhagen over the past ten years.

"Today we use our city in a completely different way from how we did just twenty years ago. The harbour has become the city's largest park, and bicycle culture is flourishing. The city's libraries have changed from simply being places where you borrow books to places where students do a whole day's work, families spend a Sunday morning and homeless people can read the daily papers. The city has become our living room" says Dan Stubbergaard, architect and co-founder of Cobe.

The exhibition will present a number of Cobe's projects in Copenhagen. 

Each and every one of them reveals how Denmark's architectural tradition has evolved in recent years, creating towns and cities, public spaces and buildings, which improve our quality of life in the most outstanding way. In addition to Nørreport Station, Israels Plads and the new Nordhavn, the exhibition will focus on the likes of the Red Cross Volunteer House, Forfatterhuset Kindergarten, Tingbjerg Culture House, the Library on Rentemestervej, the Prinsessegade Children's Village, Krøyers Plads, the transformation of the old DLG silo in Nordhavn, Denmark's new Rock Museum etc.

The exhibition will incorporate a brand new type of exhibition experience, which will bridge the gap between DAC, Cobe and the very crux of the matter - the physical projects in the city. Cobe are based on Paper Island - just a stone's throw from DAC. So the exhibition will send visitors between the two locations and here and there on Christianshavn for a totally close-up experience of a number of Cobe's projects. There will also be an opportunity to take part in a number of fascinating events, tours and family activities all over Copenhagen.

In connection with the exhibition, Cobe will be publishing their first book with the same title as the exhibition. It is an Arvinius+Orfeus Publishing publication.

The exhibition 'Our Urban Living Room' has been curated and designed by the architectural company Cobe and the Danish Architecture Centre. The exhibition is supported by Realdania and Knud Højgaards Fond. The primary constituents of the exhibitions is sponsored by  Metsä Wood, MARKANT, Skandinaviska Glassystem, CSK Stålindustri and CN3.


Interview with Dan Stubbergaard
Cobe founder and artistic director, Dan Stubbergaard gives a sneak peak of the exhibition set up and what visitors can expect.

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Photo: Nørreport Station, Rasmus Hjortshøj

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Photo: Israels Plads, Rasmus Hjortshøj

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Photo: Denmark's Rock Museum, Rasmus Hjortshøj


Photo: Biblioteket, Rasmus Hjortshøj