Scan Magazine, Issue 93, October 2016

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The design for Kronen turns the challenges associated with building on top of an existing shopping centre into unique qualities.

Simple solutions for complex needs When designing urban spaces, plans and buildings for people, architects are inevitably expected to meet a host of complex needs, dreams and challenges. That does not automatically call for complex solutions, however. Copenhagen-based architecture firm SANGBERG Architects specialises in creating simple, robust and generous frames that allow people to develop and shape their own life. By Signe Hansen | Photos: SANGBERG Architects

Based on more than ten years of experience, SANGBERG Architects focuses on creating buildings, urban spaces and urban plans that facilitate everyday life while at the same time being adaptable to future needs. The approach is based on the conviction that architecture should facilitate but not dictate the way of life for the inhabitants, explains founder and partner Jonas Sangberg: “The world 84  |  Issue 93  |  October 2016

is not a static place, and it’s important for us as architects to remember that when we create a structure that we want to last for many years. We need to create flexible settings for people to develop and shape their lives in – it’s not about us creating a piece of art, deciding what kind of colour people’s windows should be or how many rooms they should have. Our goal is to create generous and simple settings that allow

for flexibility in everyday life, now and in the future.” He adds: “That doesn’t mean that we don’t design, but for us it’s important to distinguish between the things we should do and the things that are better left for the users to define. It’s the robustness that comes through flexibility that is extremely important.” SANGBERG Architects was formed by Sangberg (former partner in Polyform) this year, as a result of the division of Polyform. Hence all mentioned projects have been developed in cooperation with Polyform and WERK Arkitekter.

Simple and sustainable SANGBERG Architects’ key to creating flexible and robust designs is an evidence-

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