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3XN: Saxo Bank

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3XN has recently completed construction of the Saxo Bank Headquarters in Copenhagen – a ‘young dynamic internet bank’ that was founded in 1992 and focuses on online-trading.

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The architectural design is based on Saxo’s cutting-edge profile and branding. The lines of the building design define a sharp balance between reliability and dynamic expressiveness in dialogue with the local plan. The building is shaped like two blocks with the end walls pointing towards the canal, joined together by facades that are withdrawn from the end walls. The facades are shaped like double curved glass that wave like a piece of textile.

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While most clients only deal with the bank through the interwebs, the bank decided that the image and physical presence of the new headquarters was of great importance – based partially on ‘a strong conviction that architecture and design affect each staff member’s performance and awareness of the company’. The interior is therefore open and transparent, emphasizing a sense of community. The plan centers around a large atrium space – with a large spiraling staircase corkscrewing up  the height of the building.

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::Thanks to Lise for contacting AMNP about this project::

.:all images + info courtesy of 3XN->

Posted: April 30th, 2009
at 10:45am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,featured ninjas

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3XN Founder Wins C.F. Hansen Medal

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Kim Herforth Nielsen, principal and founder of 3XN architects, has been awarded Denmark’s Highest Architectural Honor – the C.F. Hansen Medal. The Award will be presented by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts as they ‘acknowledge a person who has made outstanding achievements in the field of Architecture’.

It is a great honour for me to receive the C.F. Hansen Medal. My goal has always been to create architecture which creates behavior and ultimately contributes positively to the world – both architecturally and environmentally. In that regard, the Medal is a large recognition of the importance of these qualities in architecture.

~ Kim Herforth Nielsen

An AMNP favorite [3XN], as many of you know, Nielsen is receiving the medal for his ability ‘to give rise to a new type of architecture’. Check out some of our previous posts on 3XN, here.

Posted: March 25th, 2009
at 10:20am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,featured ninjas,awards

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3XN: Randers Museum of Art

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The new Randers Museum of Art in Denmark will be a building both extrovert and introvert in nature; with reinterpreted classic Danish roots.

Danish firm 3XN has recently won a competition for the new Randers Museum of Art in Denmark – beating out Zaha Hadid, Behnish Arkitekten, Coop Himme(l)blau and entasis a/s.

The museum is essentially framed by its red tile roof – which rises from the landscape, twisting from from vertical to horizontal and back. Similarly, the central volume of the interior of the museum blends floor, wall, and ceiling into one form – all of which contorts to form two large exhibit spaces that open out to the surrounding landscape.

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It was important for us to create a building that was both open to the surrounding environments and yet allows for an intimate experience of the works of art inside.  The new Randers Museum of Art will first and foremost be a frame for the art it contains; but we have worked very hard to create a connection between the art, the nature and of course the community.  It has been a privilege to work with the kind of synergy that results from working with art on the inside and nature on the outside,’ says Kim Herforth Nielsen, Principal Architect and Creative Director at 3XN.

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Randers Museum of Art will be a prominent new landmark at the entrance to the town of Randers and alongside the Guden River.  At a size of 7.550 m2, the Museum will house three exhibition galleries, an auditorium, café, boutique and a range of administrative facilities.  The main exhibition gallery will house the Museum’s considerable collection of Danish art – directly connected to the landscape depicted in so many of its works.  The temporary exhibition space balances the national emphasis with its international potential; and a connecting transition between the galleries will be the Dalsgaard zone, named for Danish surrealist painter Sven Dalsgaard – of whom the Museum carries one of the world’s most significant collections.

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.:images + info courtesy of 3XN->

Posted: February 27th, 2009
at 1:45pm by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,competitions

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CPH Arch by 3XN

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By now I assume that most of you have seen Steven Holl’s wining design for the harbor entrance in Copenhagen. That said, we got this in our mailbox last week [I know, I slept – my fault] from 3XN, showing-off their proposal for the competition. From what I understand, 3XN designed the original masterplan, upon which the competition itself was based – which you can read more about here.

Essentially, the concept of the masterplan is to give the residents of Østerbro direct access to the harbor and the Sound while creating a ‘gateway’ for the city. Now, I’m not coming down on Holl’s design, but how sexy is this thing 3XN submitted? I mean, I’m not even necessarily a fan of this kind of curvy architecture usually – but this makes Holl’s proposal look dated and clunky by comparison.

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The design results from an evolution of three forms: a low, broad structure to the West [Marmormolen], a high-rise tower to the East [Langeliniekaj], and a ‘classic’ arched bridged to connect the two and span the water. The three forms then twist and melt together, emulating the flowing movement of the water, and the directionality of the desired movement across/through the site. Sick.

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From the architects:

A bridge spanning a body of deep water, providing the only dry connection between two stretches of land, is one of the most powerful architectural experiences in the landscape. Another classical element is the town gate, which marks the boundary between the countryside and the town, and ‘contains’ the town, physically, structurally and aesthetically.

3XN’s proposal for a construction on Marmormolen in Copenhagen is both: a town gate and a bridge that links Marmormolen with Langeliniekaj, creating a new coherent area in Copenhagen Harbor.

The towers and the bridge constitute one single, floating dynamic movement, characterized by the bold span across the harbor entrance in terms of both the plan design and the facade. Establishing a connection across the harbor radically improves public access and creates brand new opportunities for life and growth in the area.

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On both sides of the harbour entrance there is, in terms of both architecture and development, a movement towards the water, which is reinforced by the urban traffic patterns and the public flow in general. Extending this movement in an arch across the harbour creates a progression that connects the buildings on either side of the harbour. While the tall tower will be perceived as a natural extension of the existing buildings on Langeliniekaj, the lower tower on the opposite side will be bound to the coming development on Marmormolen: in towards Østerbro in a snake that forms the desired noise screen; and towards the water in a more open construction which opens up for views. On the Marmormolen side, pedestrians will emerge onto the gently arching bridge from the tower’s central atrium. On the Langelinie side, when you step ashore, so to speak, from the bridge, it will be possible to take a lift down to the foyer. A key element in the design has been to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists will experience the public link across the harbour as a continuous route and as an easily accessible continuation of the infrastructure on both sides.

.:More info on the project [3XN and Holl]->via

.:Additional info on 3XN’s proposal->via their website

::Special AMNP thanks to Lise of 3XN for the email/links/info::

Posted: December 5th, 2008
at 1:11am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,featured ninjas,towering pagodas

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3XN : ‘Buen’ Cultural Housing

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An MNP favorite, 3XN [featured as architecte de la semaine a while back] has proposed a masterplan for a cultural center and new residential units in Mandal, Norway – entitled “Buen” [the arch]. The project is described by 3XN as ‘a green blanket that elevates and makes room for the cultural center, and thus integrates it in the surrounding landscape‘.

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The masterplan focuses on reflecting the characteristics of the ‘classic’ Norwegian wooden house, through the scale and proportion of the stepped housing units. The cultural center is pushed towards the water, opening up to the rest of Mandal on the other side of the river.

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The undulating roof of the cultural center appears as a rolling hill, sloping upwards from the landscape – giving residents and visitors a usable, central outdoor space on the waterfront. This allows for the the center to occupy the land right on the water, without blocking access to the views and waterfront pedestrian experience. Underneath this artificial hillside the center will contain a café, library, gallery spaces, and [I believe] the hotel restaurant. The design also incorporates a hotel into the plan – giving guests easy access to the center’s library + exhibitions, and therefore further insight into the local culture.

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Whereas the cultural center is a signifier of the area, the hotel and the surrounding housing form a coherent low-dense area referring to the scale of the town. The master plan tries to keep motoring traffic at a minimum and establish instead the narrow pathways and greens characteristic of the garden city [via 3XN].

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I’ve got to admit, I’m not really sold on the ‘ticky-tacky boxes‘ feel of the housing – seems like something that sounds like a good idea [sort of], but wouldn’t play out all that wonderfully. That being said – the cultural center itself is pretty siiick – and that’s pretty obviously the strength of the project. I really like the idea of a public building that doesn’t take away from public space – but instead becomes both.

More 3XN on architecture.MNP:

Danish Light*house
3XN: Tangen VGS
3XN: Museum of Liverpool
3XN: Thor Heyerdahl VGS
3XN: architecte de la semaine

::All images + info from 3XN’s website::

Posted: January 14th, 2008
at 10:51pm by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,green arch,housing,urban/master planning,featured ninjas

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3XN: Tangen VGS

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here’s another secondary school for you from 3XN. Tangen VGS, located in Kristiansand, NO, will be a school for ‘a number of education lines, including hotel and nourishment, design, media and communication and construction courses, both practical and theoretical’. check it out.

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A clear and simple design strategy defines the school building: A plait. To sets of double stories are pushed together to form a central area with normal floor height. The double-height parts are used for workshop activities, while the central part houses theory classrooms etc. In the centre of the building, a large circular atrium cuts through the building from ground floor to top glass roof, connecting all floors.

The two-sided design of the school building discretely handles the bending of the site, and at both sides of the building, large parable openings invite by-passers to get a good impression of the many activities inside [from 3XN]

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Posted: December 14th, 2006
at 10:53am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,featured ninjas,architecte de la semaine

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3XN : Museum of Liverpool

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3XN was awarded this museum project after a competition [by invite only] involving a number of internationally renowned firms. Here’s the museum’s description of the new building:

The new Museum of Liverpool will be one of the world’s leading city history museums, setting the global benchmark for museums of its kind and raising social history as a museum discipline to an international scale. The museum will demonstrate Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world and will showcase popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues.

It will be housed in a new landmark building on the Mann Island site at the Pier Head, at the core of the World Heritage Site on Liverpool’s famous waterfront [link].

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The Museum of Liverpool is to be built at one of the city ’s most prominent development sites which is currently used for car parking and is located between the Albert Dock and the Pier Head, , next to ‘The Three Graces ’. The site falls within the Liverpool’s World Herititage site which was inscribed as a World Heritage site last year.

The building is conceived as inclined or elevated platforms, gradually forming a sculptural structure. The building will be fully accessible and will contribute to the public promenade flow along the Docks. Situated at the Pier Head, the museum will be visible from both the river and the city. [from 3XN]

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Part of the city’s desire for a new, ‘landmark’, museum building lies in its being ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2008 [I wanna give a big ‘Up the Republic!’ for all my ninja’s in the motherland, Corcaigh, 2005’s Capital].

Theres also a pretty tite movie on 3XN‘s site, but you need to navigate to it yourself, since its in flash.

Posted: December 13th, 2006
at 3:39pm by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,featured ninjas,architecte de la semaine

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3XN : Thor Heyerdahl VGS

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more from 3XN, arch.mnp’s architecte de la semaine, 12/12/06…

to be honest, I can’t be totally sure what this project is, as the 3XN website has no information on it other than that it was for a competition that they entered by invitation in 2005 [no indication as to how that went]. however, I believe I’ve deciphered the random webpages that reference ‘Thor Heyerdahl VGS’, and I think its safe to say that this was a design for a school in Larvik, Norway, named for a famous Norwegian explorer/adventurer [and all around ninja, if you ask me].

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here’s some info on the school, provided by something called Project Socrates

Thor Heyerdahl videregående skole is one of four upper secondary schools in Larvik. We have approximately 640 pupils. Our school prepares the pupils for further studies at universities and other higher educational colleges. The emphasis is placed on the study of theoretical subjects like modern languages, natural sciences and social sciences, but also on studies in music, dance and drama as well as in physical education and athletics. The pupils go here for three years before they matriculate.
Our school is named after the famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl because he was probably our most famous pupil.

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[all images from 3XN.com]

Posted: December 12th, 2006
at 11:00am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,featured ninjas,competitions,architecte de la semaine

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3XN : architecte de la semaine

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welcome to the first installment of arch.MNP’s newest feature : architect of the week. we’ll be showcasing the work of a different architect/firm each week, with a general overview/bio on mondays, followed by daily posts on selected projects [in addition to our regular content]. might be one project a day, might be more depending on the firm and the work…we’ll see ninjas.

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our first featured ninjas? 3XN, a Danish firm founded by Kim Herforth Nielsen. here’s his description of the firm:

3XN values curiosity, originality and poetry and has a multi-layered approach.

We work with user-centered methods fitting each project uniquely to the users and our client – with a strong emphasis on designing for human beings.

We build on a Scandinavian tradition of functionality, clarity and beauty.

Each project is a research endeavor that adds to our experience and approach. Each new project rests on the shoulders of many others, yet challenges everything done before.

Our thorough knowledge of materials, engineering and user needs combined with our organizational strengths in economy, project management and implementation set us free to explore new frontiers and to challenge existing frameworks.

We work in the confident knowledge that we can make playful and poetic architecture jump from the drawing board and come alive.

3XN translates poetry into reality and aim for our architecture to become the heritage of tomorrow.

the firm has gained international recognition [in part due to winning a number of competitions], and its current projects include a new British museum in Liverpool and a new arts & media center for the university of Salford [more on those, and other projects, later this week…you’re just going to have to come back]. But to start things off, here’s the first featured project by 3XN…

the Nordhavnen Residences in Copenhagen [which was awarded this years MIPIM – with the MIPIM AR Future Projects Award 2006 in the category ‘Residential’]

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Copenhagen is [apparently] experiencing rapid urban development/growth, therefore creating a need for new housing in surrounding areas. The city is now using this rise in the demand for housing as a means to investigate new and innovative solutions to urban living. Enter the Nordhavnen Residences.

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4 organic shaped apartment towers are situated in a free, playful and humanistic urban landscape. The towers consist of elliptical floor plans creating elliptical balconies which shift position moving upwards. The result is playful in its appearance, with several pragmatic advantages too. The balcony extension to the rational building core is relatively simple and economical affordable, but has high impact on the design. The roundly shaped towers give way for a better view from each apartment, and reduce wind turbulence. Energy consumption is also minimized through the perfect balance between internal area and perimeter. The shifting of the balconies ensures a more direct experience of the sky above.

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pretty crazy. might remind some of you MNP faithful ninjas of the Urban Cactus building featured a few weeks back, designed by UCX Architects.

want more of 3XN? check back tomorrow, and all week, for additional projects and information from the firm…

Posted: December 11th, 2006
at 11:11am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,green arch,housing,urban/master planning,featured ninjas,towering pagodas,architecte de la semaine

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Learning From Nature

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3XN has recently completed a pavilion – dubbed ‘Learning From Nature’ – as part of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s ‘Green Architecture for the Future’ architectural exhibition , intended to showcase design possibilities when using cutting edge, intelligent and sustainable materials.

The Pavilion has given us the opportunity to showcase the possibilities which exist in building with sustainable and intelligent materials. Our objective has been to show that Green Architecture can be dynamic and active.  We often think that we need to minimize use of resources at all costs. Instead of focusing on consuming the least amount of energy, we need to focus on producing and using energy and materials in a more intelligent way than is the case today.

~ Kim Herforth Nielsen, Founder and Principal of 3XN

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With a form derived from the mobius strip, the pavilion is essentially a showcase for these materials, technologies, and strategies – which I’l cover quickly here, so you can get an idea of what’s going on.

– the structure is biodegradable, so it can be decomposed after use

– synthetic materials have been replaced with biological/reusable ones, such as a bio composite made from flax fibers cast in biological resin for the outer shell of the structure, and cork sheets for the core

– 1mm flexible solar cells have been placed on the top face of the structure, which, in combination with piezoelectric materials in the floor that generate an electric current from the weight of the visitors, allows the pavilion to be energy self-sufficient [it powers integrated LED lights]

– the pavilion is coated with nanoparticles that make the surfaces self cleaning, and with a coating that adds ‘air cleaning properties’ to the structure through a chemical process called photocatalysis [air quality is improved within an 8-feet radius of air cleaning surfaces – for both effects, think titanium dioxide, altho I’m unsure if that’s what they used]

– the building retains heat using phase-changing materials, which retain energy when heated by the sun, and then release this energy as heat later in the day when the air cools

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This right here is what I’m talking about – fight climate change, pollution, and energy consumption issues with siiick science + technology. I mean, imagine if all buildings were coated with self cleaning + air-cleaning materials – and the floors of all public spaces [and roads, maybe?] utilized piezoelectric materials to generate some electricity. None of these will single-handedly solve any of our current problems, but I’m down for a ‘death by thousand cuts’ solution to out climate and energy problems.

I would advise actually following some of those links for the materials – some really interesting stuff there, even though the links only scratch the surface of the potential uses.

::all info, images + quoted text provided by 3XN::

::photos by Adam Mørk::

Posted: July 9th, 2009
at 12:02pm by orangemenace

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