I have been absent for far too long because I moved to BIG's office for two months to work on a BIG + COBE competition. I was working long hours and could not afford the time to update my blog. The results of the international competition will be announced in August. Fingers crossed.
COBE's office resides on the top floor of an old paper mill on an island in central Copenhagen called, Papirøen (Paper Island). The entrance is unassuming, the space is whitewashed with the exception of the exposed concrete beams and roof trusses. The layout of the office is an open floor plan with a mixing of architects, landscape architects, urban planners and interns. Conference rooms are at one end of the space and the model room is in the back. COBE employs around 80 people currently.
Certainly one of the more astounding perks to working at COBE is that they have a communal lunch everyday. Frokost is Danish for lunch, the food is fantastic and everyone shares a table in the ground floor space below. It's an easy way to meet others around the office and better enjoy the work day. The Danes know how to eat and take pleasure in their work.
Another wild aspect to working at COBE is they have an award wining project just outside their door. Krøyers Plads is a recently completed housing project in the center of Copenhagen's harbor area. The design concept was to introduce a modern interpretation of the industrial warehouses that define this area of the city and harbor. Krøyers Plads is just on the other side of the new Inderhavnsbroen bridge, the commute to COBE's office.
This blog is dedicated to documenting my 6-month internship at COBE Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark starting in January 2017. The content of this blog will be a live account of my observations relating to design, culture and the Danish lifestyle. I plan to contribute an assortment of material to this blog, ranging from photography, mapping, hand sketches, diagraming, as well as experimenting with new mediums and graphic styles. The themes I hope to delve into are general urban design fundamentals, the attention made to integrating old and new, public space in changing seasonal conditions, climate change and alternative energy infrastructure, and the traditional craft of furniture making in Scandinavia. All of which are subject to change as I explore.
I will attempt to publish at least one post per week, work schedule permitting. I am looking forward to experimenting with content and different mediums to record my stay in Copenhagen and build a catalogue of Danish design and cultural references. I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org while I am away.