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Cobe launches its first Industrial PhD in the field of sustainable architecture and urbanism

In collaboration with the Royal Danish Academy, Aalborg University and ETH Zurich, Cobe is initiating its first industrial PhD in the field of sustainable architecture and urbanism, conducted by architect Simon Sjökvist and supervised by Cobe’s Founder Dan Stubbergaard, Head of Resiliency Jacob Blak, and Managing Director Mari Randsborg. The PhD will investigate how we can transform and reuse the existing building stock more broadly and on a larger urban scale than today, what the environmental benefits of doing so could be and how such an upscaling could be implemented in current practices and systems.

Existing research indicates that the potential of reusing the existing building stock is currently not fully exploited and that the focus is often on the recycling of individual building components or materials. Taking a broader look, this PhD will explore the potential of the city as a resource in future urban development (including buildings, infrastructure or urban districts), to develop knowledge that can influence current policy and practice, and tools to navigate urban transformation processes.

The project is financed by the Innovation Fund Denmark. Learn more here.

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Meet Dan Stubbergaard in a talk about Copenhagen's quality of life

On the occasion of the book, 'København - Urban Architecture and Public Spaces', published by DETAIL earlier this year, featuring several projects by Cobe, Founder of Cobe Dan Stubbergaard and Editor in Chief of DETAIL Sandra Hofmeister will meet in a digital book talk to discuss Copenhagen's celebrated quality of life and how you can succeed in activating the public with architecture.

The online talk will take place on Dec 14 at 5:00 pm CET. Join via this link.

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Cobe's new addition to one of Copenhagen's most significant historic boulevards fits in and stands out

Completing a vacant corner site along one of the most historic boulevards in central Copenhagen, established in the 1700’s as the King’s road leading from the city center to Frederiksberg Palace, Frederiksberg Alle 41 adapts to its immediate listed surroundings and enhances the unique cultural heritage of the area. The building on one hand fits in, and on the other hand, it stands out.

In addition to becoming a new infrastructural node for public transport, built on top of a metro station, Frederiksberg Allé 41 is also a social and cultural focal point in the neighborhood- with its food and cultural functions. It is a new gateway to the neighborhood and its nearby theaters, museums, and parks, and also a generator of urban life, reinforcing the area’s position as an vibrant and important destination within the Danish capital.

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Dan Stubbergaard is part of the jury for PHI Contemporary

Dan Stubbergaard is part of the jury for the international architectural competition for PHI Contemporary - a cultural institution in Old Montreal, Canada, dedicated to exploring the contemporary through public engagement with art and culture. The future museum will house exhibition spaces, a network of new media galleries, mediation, research and studio spaces, and an expansive public domain. He will be joining respected colleagues from the international artistic and architectural scene, including Amale Andraos (WORKac), Elizabeth Diller (Diller Scofidio + Renfro) and Ippolito Pestellini (OMA/AMO and 2050+), among others.

Learn more here.

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Cobe wins competition for Mühlendamm Bridge in Berlin

In collaboration with Arup, Cobe has won the competition for the Mühlendamm Bridge in Berlin - one of the main east-west arteries in the city's historic Mitte district. The project transforms a heavy infrastructural node into a generous public space for people, offering bicycle lanes, pedestrian zones, a new tram line, and stands for the public to relax and enjoy the spectacular views of Berlin's iconic Cathedral and TV Tower.

Learn more here.

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Denmark's first urban, ultra-fast charging station is open to the public

Located next to Frederiksberg City Hall in central Copenhagen, Denmark's first urban, ultra-fast charging station supports a cleaner and greener transportation in Denmark. The station is able to charge 4 electric vehicles at the same time, and provides drivers a pleasant, natural environment for relaxing while waiting for their car to charge up. Composed of two timber canopies, designed for disassembly, reuse and upcycling, the station is part of Clever and Cobe’s modular system of ultra-fast charging stations currently being rolled out across Europe.

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Karen Blixens Plads wins AZ Awards 2021

Karen Blixens Plads is the people's choice winner in AZ Awards 2021 - selected from more than +1,200 entries from 57 countries.

Azure Magazine elaborates on the award: "Boasting a resplendent topography, Karen Blixens Plads in Copenhagen is both a 20,000-squaremetre public space and a parking lot large enough for 2,000 bicycles. Architect Dan Stubbergaard of local firm Cobe achieved this feat by stacking one program element on top of the other. On the surface, the square is an undulating landscape, half hardscrabble, half green, and perfect for bike rides or summertime strolls. But in key locations, the space is punctuated with whimsical circles to reveal semi-submerged parking lots beneath the artificial mounds. Karen Blixens Plads is a climate park, too: During heavy storms, when nobody’s biking anyway, the storage will become a massive rainwater collector."

Learn more here.

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Two Cobe projects announced as winners of the Danish Concrete Award 2021

Every second year, the Danish concrete association, Dansk Beton, recognizes the most excellent and sustainable concrete projects in Denmark. For the 2021 prize-giving, Orientkaj Station has been announced as winner of the Sustainable Concrete Award 2021, and Karen Blixens Plads the winner of the In-Situ Award 2021.

Learn more here.

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Cobe completes second project at adidas headquarters

Cobe has completed its second project for adidas. Located at adidas World of Sports headquarters in Germany, HOMEGROUND is an ultimate hub for team-building and creativity that brings people together and enables success. Designed as a hidden village in the woods and constructed of cross-laminated timber, it will host the German National football team during the UEFA EURO 2020 tournament, before opening up to adidas staff and future visiting sports teams.

Learn more here.

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Cobe wins competition for Gothenburg University Library

Cobe has won the competition for a new university library in the heart of Sweden's second-largest city, Gothenburg. The new 16,000-m² university library will be located in the heart of Gothenburg in the university area of Näckrosen, near many of the city's cultural institutions and to the Faculties of Humanities and The Fine, Applied and Performing Arts.

Cobe's winning project uses the book as the source of inspiration and point of departure for the design. Both the lightness and the gravity of a book is reflected in the subtle curvature of the building's volume and the vertical lines of its facade - much like the pages of a book, just being opened. The volume rests on an open and transperant ground floor with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. The ambition is to allow the building to blend in with the surrounding park, to invite both new and current users inside, and to stand out as a beacon of knowledge at the top of the university area of Näckrosen.

Gothenburg University Library is set for completion in 2028.