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COBE – Our Urban Living Room: Press Conference, Exhibition and Book Launch at DAC

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The exhibition at DAC involved a completely unique concept. In addition to visiting the exhibition, visitors could also visit Cobe and enjoy a close-up experience of some of the buildings they have designed within walking distance of DAC.

In recent years, Cobe have left their distinctive mark on Copenhagen with a number of pioneering projects that have made them familiar to a wide audience. The exhibition delved into some of their many projects and illustrated what Cobe and the people who move in and around their buildings and public spaces on a daily basis have learnt from this wealth of inspirational projects.

The city is our living room

According to the architecture firm Cobe, the city is our new living room. Increasingly, we shift our everyday activities out into it and we feel at home there. In ‘Our Urban Living Room’, Cobe describe their vision and present the ideas that have formed the basis of their projects in Copenhagen over the past ten years.

“Today we use our city in completely different ways from how we did just twenty years ago. The harbour has become the city’s largest park, and bicycle culture is flourishing. The city’s libraries have changed from simply being places where you borrow books to places where students do a whole day’s work, families spend a Sunday morning and homeless people can read the daily papers. The city has become our living room,” says Dan Stubbergaard, architect and co-founder of Cobe.

Notable projects in Copenhagen

The exhibition presented a number of Cobe’s projects in Copenhagen.
Each and every one of them reveals how Denmark’s architectural tradition has evolved in recent years, creating towns and cities, public spaces and buildings which improve our quality of life in the most remarkable way. In addition to Nørreport Station, Israels Plads and the new Nordhavn, the exhibition focused on projects such as the Red Cross Volunteer House, Forfatterhuset Kindergarten, Tingbjerg Culture House, the Library on Rentemestervej, the Prinsessegade Children’s Village, Krøyers Plads, the transformation of the old DLG silo in Nordhavn, Denmark’s new Rock Museum etc.

Architecture at close quarters

The exhibition incorporated a brand new type of exhibition experience which bridged the gap between DAC, Cobe and the very crux of the matter: the physical projects in the city. Cobe are based on Paper Island – just a stone’s throw from DAC. The exhibition sent visitors between the two locations on Christianshavn for a close-up experience of a number of Cobe’s projects. There was also an opportunity to take part in a number of fascinating events, tours and family activities all over Copenhagen.

In connection with the exhibition, Cobe published their first book with the same title as the exhibition. This ground-breaking book is an Arvinius+Orfeus Publishing publication.




Our Urban Living Room

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