The Danish firm Cobe is currently one of the most renowned protagonists of a new generation of architects. Using innovative methods, the team led by Dan Stubbergaard explores diverse potentials of the urban and promotes them through remarkable projects. Cobe sees the city as an extended living room, in which private and public spaces can be connected in experimental ways – making liveability a central theme of their work. The exhibition Our Urban Living Room presents a selection of realized projects in Copenhagen from the past thirteen years, including the urban space Karen Blixens Plads, the residential highrise The Silo and the Frederiksvej Kindergarten. Using models, images, texts, drawings and films, the expansive wooden installation also tells a story about Copenhagen's architectural development and how these changes affect the everyday lives of people and their social interactions.
Over the past 30 years, Copenhagen has undergone major changes – from a post-industrial city to a liveable city, establishing itself as an experimental metropolis for sustainable urban development and pioneering architecture.
Nørreport Station | The Library | Karen Blixens Plads in Copenhagen. © Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST and Cobe
‘Our city is our home, and that quality is what underpins the success of Copenhagen today. The more we care for it – as architects, but more importantly as Copenhageners ourselves – the better we will treat it. The better it is designed, the more people will want to live well in our city and take pride in it. This is not a matter of beauty, elegance or wealth, but a story of social liveability and urban democracy,’ says Dan Stubbergaard, architect and founder of Cobe.
Our Urban Living Room is dedicated to the architectural practice of Cobe. Designed both as an architectural intervention and an exhibition, it invites visitors to step into an expansive wooden bookcase – visitors are able to browse through built projects by means of models, images, texts and drawings.
The bookcase forms the setting for showcasing seven themes. These include, among others, the transformation of industrial buildings, architecture for children and what Copenhagen could look like in the future. By creating an exhibition that invites play and interaction, visitors partake in defining the urban living room – learning from Copenhagen, right here at Aedes in Berlin.
Together with the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC), Our Urban Living Room was first exhibited in Copenhagen in 2016, and later at the urban information centre Laituri, in Helsinki in 2018. The current edition of the exhibition in Berlin was developed by Cobe in cooperation with Aedes Architecture Forum.
The Silo | Frederiksvej Kindergarten in Copenhagen. © Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST and Cobe
Cobe was founded in 2006 by architect Dan Stubbergaard. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Cobe has played a formative role in the transformation of the Danish capital into a vibrant democratic city designed for living, and is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe and North America. Among the firm’s most distinctive projects are Nørreport Station – Copenhagen’s busiest station; The Silo and the planning of Copenhagen’s Nordhavn (North Harbour) district – Scandinavia’s biggest urban development to date; Ragnarock – Denmark’s museum for rock music in Roskilde; and the development of Paper Island in Copenhagen.
Cobe in Germany
From having a large number of projects in Copenhagen, Cobe has in recent years also done many projects abroad – especially in Germany. These include, among others, adidas HALFTIME – a combined meeting place and conference center for adidas’ employees, visitors, and brand ambassadors that opened at adidas’ headquarters in Herzogenaurauch in 2018, the transformation of Cologne’s former industrial harbor, Deutzer Hafen, into a new city district, and the mixed-use Europahafenkopf development in Bremen’s former industrial harbor, currently under construction.