Published: Monday, October 08, 2007
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"A public building provides the physical contact between citizen and state. This personal encounter in flesh and blood is the most important interface in a democratic society.", says the architecture firm 3XN Architects, on their project - The New City Hall 'Stadshuis' More
"The building is one of contrasts. The mixture of organic shapes and shapes that are sharp; of soft and hard materials, and of hot and cold surfaces accentuates the architectural idea." Says the Architecture firm 3XN Architects about the Royal Danish Embassy, Berlin. More
[L-R] Kim Herforth Nielsen, Jan Ammundsen, Bo Boje Larsen, Kim Christiansen, Tommy Bruun and Michael Kruse.
3XN Architects values curiosity, originality and poetry and has a multi-layered approach. The office works with user-centered methods, fitting each project uniquely to the users and it's client -- with a strong emphasis on humanist design. 3XN builds on a Scandinavian tradition of functionality, clarity and beauty. Each project is a research endeavor that adds to their experience and approach. Each new project rests on the shoulders of many others, yet challenges everything done before.
3XN's thorough knowledge of materials, engineering and user-needs combined with their organizational strengths in economy, project management and implementation set them free to explore new frontiers and to challenge existing frameworks. They work in the confident knowledge that they can make playful and poetic architecture jump from the drawing board and come alive.
Founded in 1986, 3XN has reached the present status in the contemporary world of architecture especially by insisting on architectural competitions as the main generator for creative development. Since 1999, the engagement has reached outside of Denmark.
3XN has won a wide range of important architectural competitions, including:
Nationally as well as internationally 3XN is acknowledged with awards, exhibitions and publications.
2007, the Music Building in Amsterdam was awarded with the Dutch Building Award; the best Dutch building in 2006. The Music Building has also been awarded the ULI Award Europe 2006, the LEAF Award 2006 and the Dedalo-Minosse Special Prize.
2006, 3XN was awarded a Silver Medal at the Miami Bienal, USA, for the Museum of Liverpool. At MIPIM in Cannes, 3XN got the MIPIM/Architectural Review Future Projects Award for two projects; Residences in Nordhavnen, Copenhagen, and Middelfart Savings Bank - in the categories Residential and Offices, respectively.
2005, this MIPIM award was granted 3XN for the 'City for all ages' project. The DGI Centre for Urban Sports received the IOC/IAKS Award for outstanding sport and leisure facilities - awarded by the International Olympic Committee. June 2005, 3XN received a RIBA Award for the Sampension Headquarters in Copenhagen, built 2003. This was the first Danish project to be awarded by RIBA.
2004, 3XN was represented at the Biennale in Venice with no less than 3 projects - Slussen in Stockholm; The Danish Radio Concert Hall and The Savings Bank 'Kronjylland'.
On a personal level, Principal Architect Kim Herforth Nielsen received the Eckersberg Medaille from the Danish Academy of Architects in 1999 and in April 2000 he was awarded the Danish order "Knight of Dannebrog" with the right to carry Ridderkorset (Knight's Cross).
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