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Urban Energy / Sustainable office building in Oslo, Norway

BSAA have been announced as winners of the international architectural competition ‘Europe’s most energy efficient building’ with the project Urban Energy in Oslo. The building holds 20.000 m2 of office area and is to be constructed in the Bjoervika area on the waterfront of Oslo.
This winning proposal is organized architecturally as a heavy-top, three-leg office building wrapped in a box of glass. This appearance has it’s argumentation in the implementation of 5 essential concepts: 1) day light, 2) natural ventilation, 3) double-layered facades, 4) flexibility and 5) context.
The sharply constructed glass box outlines the building site to its full extension (100x24x67m). Inside the glass box the building figure takes shape, like a prehistoric elephant caught in a block of ice or an insect in a piece of ancient amber. This inner figure only partially follows the outer shape of the glass and thus generates a characteristic atrium in the space between the glass and the figure itself. This generous atrium creates a monumental connection between the building and the city and resembles a characteristic image of the meeting between energy efficiency, modern business life and the future city.

Architects: Bæk, Simonsen & Aaris Aps + Transform
Location: Oslo
Engineer: Lemming & Eriksson
Client: OSU
Project: 2005

Water City / Norwegian Wood / Housing project in Stavanger / Norway

The project encompasses planning and disposition of approx. 180 living units in wooden materials. BSAA was invited to participate in the competition organized by Norwegian Wood. 180 project teams applied for participation in the prequalification in which BSAA Water City succeeded among 18 others. The Water City project was given a final third place, competing among several internationally renowned architects.

Architects: Bæk, Simonsen & Aaris Aps + Transform
Engineer: Lemming & Eriksson
Client: Norwegian Wood
Contractor: Norwegian Wood
Project: 2006

AGRICULTURE 2012 / BSAA WINS 1. PRIZE IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ON LARGE SCALE FARMING INDUSTRIES

In corporation with a large team of professionals within the agricultural industry BSAA receives a 1. Prize in a Danish competition regarding large scale farming industries arranged and formulated by Realdania. Construction starts early in 2009.  

Architects: BSAA arkitekter 
Engineer: Ingeniørfirmaet Viggo Madsen 
Landscape architects: Arkitekt Kristine Jensens Tegnestue
Client: Jakob Andersen
Contractor: Jørgen Friis Poulsen
Consultants : Danace + Nature Consult 
Project: 2007

MÖRBY CENTRUM / BSAA WINS 2.PRIZE IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ON THE REBRANDING OF MÖRBY CENTRE
The proposal consists of approximately 60.000 m2 of mixed offices and shopping and housing areas. Our contribution connects a larger existing park area with new smaller urban plazas and the modernized and shopping/ event buildings. The most important of our proposal is the tower and by its 32 stories and very look it contributes to the new brand of Mörby.        

Architects: BSAA arkitekter 
Engineer: Sloth Moeller 
Landscape architects: Thing og Weinoe
Client: Municipality of Mörby
Project: 2008

KLARUPGAARD BIOLAB / BSAA AND INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS SELCTED TO PROCEED IN DANISH COMPETITION

The jury wrote:  “The project was selected because of its clear idea and story where modernity and high tech is interconnected and founded on the local bio – resources and research environments of Aalborg”.    

Architects: BSAA arkitekter 
Team: Knud Just – Ifau – Agrotech – Dansk Landbrugsrådgivning
Project: 2008

ACTIVITY BRIDGE / BSAA WINS COMPETITION ON RETHINKING AND REMODELLING EXISTING SPORTS FACILITIES

The activity bridge is a means to re-think and reorganize the classic sports facilities, which is mostly based on the dimensions and criteria of the most popular ball games: Handball. The bridge changes this organisation to a dynamic complexity that unfolds new possibilities for a much wider and richer range of sports and health initiatives. The bridge creates interactive yet independent zones that allow different activities to take place at the same time under the preferred level of privacy or transparency.
 
Architects: BSAA arkitekter 
Engineer: Sloth Moeller 
Landscape architects: Berg og Braae
Project: 2008

PARK IN SHOPPING / RETHINKING THE SHOPPING MALL

The main idea behind the concept “park in shopping” is a new combination of shopping and parking in an open and flexible system. The structure is prepared to expand vertically over time for example by adding commercial or housing towers later on. Furthermore the green terracing mediates between the different local contexts found in the area. The low building height near the existing housing areas and the 17 story high towers near the more dense harbour areas of the future becomes an important player in the re-branding of the central harbour areas.
       
Architects: BSAA arkitekter 
Client: Finn Skytte
 Project: 2008

KRETAHUS TOWER HOUSING IN AMAGER COPENHAGEN

BSAA and Transform was commissioned to develop a vision on the extension of Kretahus an existing urban block in Amager Copenhagen. Originally the client focused on a traditional roof – extension like the blocks found nearby. We focused on giving Kretahus a new and extraordinary look with no contextual reference. We developed several models and came up with the tower-corner typology which facilitates optimal light conditions for the 12 dwellings found in each tower. The typology works successfully by “compressing” the housing program in the corners and thereby expanding the leisure program into large roof gardens.

Architects: BSAA arkitekter + TRANSFORM
Client:  Svend Jansen a/s
Project: 2006

 

SPIRAL BOX COMPANY HEADQUARTERS IN VEJLE

BSAA was commissioned to design office headquarters for a respectable investment company. The office building is part of a master plan also developed by BSAA Arkitekter. The simplicity of functional program provided by the client and their intentions to maximize square meters was contra dictionary. But also it offered an opening in the design process for us to elaborate on speciality.       
The final design concept mixes lounge areas, event spaces, a water garden, hanging boxes, office spaces  and roof gardens around a central atrium.

Architects: BSAA arkitekter
Client:  confidential
Landscape architect : Ting & Weinø
Project: 2006

VILLA SPLIT / SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING NEAR AARHUS

BSAA was commissioned to develop a 2 story villa based on the box house concept. The initial special organisation expressed by the clients was in many ways untraditional and complex. We developed a spiral-like staircase to facilitate this complexity. Furthermore we established openness to the outside through terraces on the roof and on ground level.    

Architects: BSAA arkitekter
Client: Peter og Eva Christensen
Project: 2008

RENEWALL OF Aarhus Roklub og Sportsdykkerklubben KVAK

Aarhus Roklub,  Sportsdykkerklubben KVAK and BSAA developed a prospect to rebrand local sea sports in Aarhus. In this project the client group focus on preserving and upgrading the existing buildings to establish a delicate connection to the future harbour environment.      

Architects: BSAA arkitekter
Client: Aarhus Roklub og Sportsdykkerklubben KVAK
Project: 2007

FOREST HOUSES ON THE HILLS OF BRABRAND NEAR AARHUS DK

BSAA was commissioned to design 6, double level, housing units in one of the most lucrative parts of Brabrand just outside Aarhus city. We developed a simple section-concept to facilitate the characteristic steep profile of the site. Furthermore each unit is aligned to the road curvature. All in all our intention is to respect the fantastic qualities of the forest and steep landscape.   
Kitchen, entrance, service is situated on ground level. Living room, work space, bath and two bedrooms are located on level 1 with exit to the forest on the northern part of the ground.    

Architects: BSAA arkitekter
Client: DARIJA BYG
Project: 2006

STACK HOUSE / MINIMIZE FOOTPRINT RATIOS

BSAA developed this housing topology primary to minimize footprint ratios in sensitive landscapes. The concept evolves around the “tower” and from that point it translates into a more 3 dimensional framework.
A stack house contains 8 housing units, 2 units per level each with access to a roof terrace. The core contains service-units, infrastructure and staircases.          

Architects: BSAA arkitekter
Client: confidential
Project: 2004

BOX HOUSE - SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING IN SOLBJERG NEAR AARHUS DK

BSAA designed 5 single family housing units under the brand “BOX HOUSES”. With this brand we formulate a design structure and process where architecture becomes a matter of adding or subtracting predefines function – boxes from a basic unit defined by the architect, all done by the end user/client. We establish a variety of different function boxes and the user can add or subtract boxes analogue to mainstream shopping.

Architects: BSAA arkitekter
Engineer: Stokvad Kerstens
Client: Menzer Christensen
Contractor: Menzer Christensen
Project: 2007

BOA BOA / CONCEPT DESIGN OF A MULTIFUNCTIONAL FURNITURE UNIT FOR CULTURAL EVENTS IN AARHUS

Boa Boa is a multifunctional and multi  - combinable furniture where two simple units are combined into a variety of more complex snake like shapes for sitting, eating, sleeping and resting. When two shapes are connected it is possible to rotate and orientate them as needed, to facilitate a certain need or demand. When placed a translucent fabric in vibrant colours are added. At night spot lights within the snakes give a larger arrangement of snakes life and character.    

Architects: BSAA arkitekter
Client: Municipality of Aarhus
Project: 2008

SUSTAINABLE COMPACT CITYSCAPES / RESEARCH PROJECT ON BUILDING TYPES AND THE QUALITY OF THE ENVIRONMENT 

The purpose for the research project “Compact Sustainable Cityscapes” is to examine the possibility to develop alternative strategies to the dispersed and diffuse development of the cities. At the same time the project develops models for new compact cityscapes with challenging urban environment and high quality housing. 
The project combines demands for sustainability, a minimal use of resources and an urban environment with high architectural quality. The project balances between compactness and high quality, naturally lit housing and inspiring green areas related to the housing units.

Environment and Building types in Compact Cityscapes:

In the project chosen types of compact developments is combined with high quality housing and high quality in the urban settlements including quality green areas.
In the modelling of the compact cityscape we develop housing types and types of housing units, so the access to daylight and natural lightning will guarantee the quality of the housing types.
The Strategy for developing compact cityscapes combines quality of housing and a dramatic lowering of the use of resources in the future urban environment. The project analyses the benefits in relation to the energy consumption in compact urban environment.

The project is a Realdania Foundation project, Centre for Strategic Urban Research, Copenhagen Municipalities and Randers Municipalities.

GREJSDALSPARKEN / ENERGY 21
HOUSING IN VEJLE DENMARK

The grounds are situated in the most attractive part of Grejs Aadal, which is characterized by the lush presence of Grejs River. In respect of the landscape each building varies in height adjusted in such a way that all existing trees and other remarkable vegetation are preserved. In this way the potential of constructing by the river is being used to its full.
The architectural idea with its large windows toward east and west and the spatial organization along a central living room that spans between the transparent facades offers light and practical housing, which takes optimal advantage of the remarkable site and attractive view.

Architects: Bæk, Simonsen & Aaris Aps
Engineer: Lemming & Erikson A/S
Landscape architects: Birk Nielsens tegnestue
Client: Boligforeningen Østerbo
Contractor: Skanska
Project: 2003-2004

ARENA FYN

Arena Fyn – an arena that raises the conditions and opportunities both for local sports and regional fairs and events. A building with optimal accessibility and flexibility that brands the city in effect of its unique architectural expression.   

Architects: BSAA arkitekter + White
Engineer: Wessberg
Landscape architects: Birk Nielsens tegnestue
Client: Odense Congress Center
Contractor: Raunstrup Gruppen A/S
Project: 2005

LEAF BUILDING / STOREROOM DESIGN CONCEPT FOR SMALL SCALE FARMING INDUSTRIES

The proposal consists of approximately 500 m2 of storage space connected to an existing farming industry. The client focused on sustainability both in materials and in design. This inspired BSAA to look into different organic structures. The leaf building is a very direct interpretation if this research.

Architects: BSAA arkitekter
Client: Brian and Anni Madsen

Project: 2008

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