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Scan Magazine | Architecture Special | Denmark
Left: The new education centre for VUC Syd has no permanent class rooms. Instead, it has been designed as an open, digital educational environment, united by an atrium and a staggered staircase at the heart of the building. Right: In 2014, AART architects completed the first phase of the Waterfront in Stavanger, Norway. Although it is not fully complete yet, it has already been praised as one of the world’s most distinctive residential developments by World Architecture News.
the centre but also building confidence in the people with dyslexia, is what really means something to us,” says Strange.
for the architectural practice to have offices in Denmark and Norway and, soon enough, Sweden as well.
On a par with the education centre in Denmark, AART architects also designed a science centre in Graalum, Norway, where the ambition was to promote science in a part of the country otherwise known for its industrial areas. Since the industrial sector was becoming less and less manual, the workers had to be retrained.
“For us to be able to move freely around Scandinavia without it being too timeconsuming means everything for the way we want to work. It gives us the possibility to broaden our horizon, break down the barriers between the countries and distribute our philosophy about architecture
in modern society to all of Scandinavia,” says Strange. “That leaves us with the opportunity to create a positive impact for even more people, and hopefully thereby we are able to change the way people think about architecture more generally.”
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“We knew we had to design a place that motivated the workers to learn and master new skills. As a way of doing so, we created a CSI room of sorts, where the students were able to see how they could use the education for a specific job in the future,” explains Strange. “This made them realise that there were other options than just becoming a technician in a laboratory. Again, our projects aim to inspire and motivate the people using them. That is what it is all about.” To broaden the horizon Since the foundation of AART architects, Strange and his colleagues have benefited from the fact that air companies, such as SUN-AIR for whom AART architects are designing the new headquarters, offer daily departures to several destinations all around Scandinavia. This makes it possible
Above: AART architects have designed the Culture Yard in Helsingør, Denmark, which transforms an old ship-building yard into a modern cultural centre. The Culture Yard is located right next to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Kronborg Castle, which is famous for its role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Photo: Jens Markus Lindhe. Right: In Graalum, Norway, AART architects have designed Inspiria Science Center, where the ambition was to promote science in a part of the country otherwise known for its industrial areas.
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Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Swedish singer Ane Brun.