Show Me Your Model

by | 22. Aug 2012

Exhibitions and Events

Photo: Morten Lasskogen/Lars Bech/das Buro

Physical models are integral to an architectural understanding of a house or a building, they are an efficient tool to communicate ideas to clients during the design process. Digital models do not replace physical models, today you need both to understand and communicate a project.


Photo: DAC

In the foreground a colorful silicone model created by a computer with a program developed by CITA that can calculate data about space and light and create unusual shapes. CITA also developed new tools to assemble the models.
For the summer exhibition at DAC 15 Danish architecture firms invite you to step into the world of their architecture models of different scales and materials. Like “Alice in Wonderland” you can look through the windows and experience the models from the first idea, through failed and successful experiments, to the final solution.


Photo: DAC


Photo: DAC

In addition, using soundtracks, videos and photos, the architects explain how they actively use the models to develop their projects.

Buttercup Day Care Center
Copenhagen, Denmark


Image courtesy COBE


Photo: DAC

This unusual, friendly kindergarden, with room for 190 children, replaces the former heavy building. Houses inside houses, windows placed at random, floors in different colors, trees and plants growing inside.
Expected completion: 2014

Henning Larsen architects
Batumi Aquarium
The Republic of Georgia


Image courtesy Henning Larsen architects

Inspired by the characteristic pebbles of the Batumi beach, continually shaped by the wash of the waves through millennia, the building stands out as an iconic rock formation visible from both land and sea.

Under development:
Batumi Aquarium
Elkiær + Ebbeskov with Leth & Gori
Balling, Denmark


Image courtesy Elkiær + Ebbeskov

Pulsen is a vibrant framework for local activities and the new heart of the local community. Designed as a village within the village this multifunctional center includes a sports center, healthcare facilities and a house for culture, all under one roof.
Construction start: Dec. 2012

schmidt hammer lassen
International Criminal Court (ICC)
Haag, Holland


Image courtesy schmidt hammer lassen

Through the lightness and simplicity in the architectural design, the ICC’s values of openness and transparency are communicated. The building is designed as a sculptural abstraction – a composition of 6 volumes, firmly anchored to the site and rising from the surrounding dune landscape.
Expected completion: 2015

Danish Maritime Museum
Elsinore, Denmark


Image courtesy BIG


Photo: Hanne Hvattum

Because of being located next to Hamlet’s Castle, with its fortifications, masonry, and tower skyline, the project was not allowed above ground level. Instead of filling the dry dock BIG decided to empty it and wrap it with the museum, making it the centerpiece of the exhibition.

AREA & Electrotexture
Acoustic Pavilion
Aalborg and Copenhagen


Image courtesy AREA


Installation image courtesy Electrotexture

By using computer technology, the art of engineering and classic architecture a group of researchers and architects have developed the worlds first pavilion accurately aligned for electronic music. The pavilion can be dismantled and moved when needed.

Christensen & Co Arkitekter
324 DTU
Denmarks Technical University


Image courtesy Christensen & Co

A state-of-the-art building for the university’s mathematicians. Because sustainability and the environment were of utmost importance new ventilation systems and large trees planted inside  provide fresh air to the future mathematical geniuses.
Under construction

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter
KKH Skanska Malmø
Malmø, Sweden


Image courtesy Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

This large office building, under development, is the first industrial project for the firm, known for their smaller cultural buildings. The architects are working on a new   light and flickering construction with the facades being developed with rhythmic variation.
Under development  

Våler Kirke

In a small town in Norway an unknown perpetrator burned down the old wooden church with room for 350 people. The open competition received very different designs from 250 firms.


Image courtesy MLRP

MLRP, a small architectural firm, developed a radical design that replaces the wall behind the priest with a glass wall making nature the unifying element in the church; paying tribute to the sun, the stars and the moon, not old christian symbols.

We architecture
Våler Kirke
Våler Kommune, Norway


Image courtesy We architecture

We architecture went in the opposite direction. They closed all the facades, only letting natural light enter through the roof. This way the congregation could sit in the room and look up to heaven.

Cebra architects
New Town by Elev
Aarhus, Denmark


Photo: Hanne Hvattum

Based on the Municipality of Århus’ vision for the growth of the city a new suburb to accommodate 10-15.000 people is being planned.  Cebra architect’s “Suburb of the Future” is an ambitious vision of what a future city could look like, and how urban dwellers can decide to live in the future?
Master Plan completion: 2013

Norway’s National Archive
Oslo, Norway


Image courtesy SLETH

A large cube, placed on a square between the river and Town Hall, is a simple poetic concept, bold and deliberate. It clearly distinguishes the building as a Museum. The proposal affects the cityscape as a large urban landscape plane with a new monument, without relating to or seeking support from surrounding structures.

House of Culture & Movement


Image courtesy ADEPT

The design concept for the House of Culture and Movement is a dynamic, multifunctional public center which engages its users. The main building, a rectangular glass volume, contains six stacked ideal programmatic elements. The space in-between can be programmed flexibly as a “play zone” with various activities and main circulation.
Construction start: 2013

Vilhelm Lauritzen, COBE, EFFEKT
Christensen & Co, NORD
Carlsberg Lot 8
Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen


Image courtesy Vilhelm Lauritzen architects

Five architectural firms are working together to transform Carlberg 82.000 square meters Brewery’s Lot 8, the first empty parcel to be developed, into a densely constructed small town that will create new life in the historic area. The complex contains areas for teaching purposes, a residential tower, ground floor facilities for convenience stores, retail, cafes and businesses.

New Carlsberg Brewhouse


Image courtesy Effekt

At the new Carlsberg Brewhouse you can can watch a game, enjoy a world class nordic meal or hear your favorite band play in a large industrial space. Surrounded by a spectacular views you can explore the rich cultural heritage of Carlsberg and Copenhagen at your own pace.