Starting with the turn of the new millennium, a lot of premium architecture firms in Denmark have flourished both at home and abroad. The trend in contemporary architecture is the emergence of a new generation of successful Danish architecture firms inspired both by international trends and by the Scandinavian modernist tradition, a perfect infusion of cutting-edge design and practical functionality based on social and environmental sustainability.
Here we list our favorite architecture firms in Denmark we would love to visit with our educational tours as soon as possible!
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
BIG is probably one of the most known architecture firms from Denmark. It is a Copenhagen, New York and London based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. Bjarke Ingels founded BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Not least due to the influence from multicultural exchange, global economical flows and communication technologies that all together require new ways of architectural and urban organization. They believe that in order to deal with today’s challenges, architecture can profitably move into a field that has been largely unexplored. A pragmatic utopian architecture that steers clear of the petrifying pragmatism of boring boxes and the naïve utopian ideas of digital formalism.
Kløverbladsgade 56 2500 Valby, Copenhagen Denmark
Henning Larsen Architects
Henning Larsen Architects is one of the most progressive and professional architecture practices in Denmark and worldwide. Founded in Copenhagen in 1959 by Henning Larsen where he was active for more than 50 years. Henning Larsen designed a vast array of important works of architecture in Denmark and abroad. He was often described as the “Master of Light”. Henning Larsen is a studio made up of a highly specialized team of architects, designers, engineers, thinkers and doers. Their architectural approach is based on curiosity and artistic audacity, resting on a solid foundation of knowledge-based design and attention to detail. Henning Larsen Architects projects are designed as generous gestures, reaching out to their audience and allowing them to experience the unexpected. Their field of work is defined by people, daylight, and space. The solution is living architecture, designed for people.
Esromgade 15, opg 2, st. 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
C.F. Møller Architects
C.F. Møller Architects is one of Scandinavia’s leading architectural firms, with 90 years of award-winning work in the Nordic region and worldwide. Since their founding in Denmark in 1924, they have contributed significantly to the development of welfare societies in Scandinavia and the rest of the world. Today C.F. Møller has offices in Aarhus, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Oslo, Stockholm and London. They are continuously recognized and awarded internationally for setting new architectural standards, due to their strong focus on the functional, artistic and social value of architecture. In fact, their design solutions are methodically and holistically created following a rigorous analysis of the local context. They look to set new global standards by fostering a design approach which uniquely integrates urban planning, landscape, architecture and design of specific building components.
3XN Architects was founded in Aarhus, Denmark in 1986 by young architects Kim Herforth Nielsen, Lars Frank Nielsen and Hans Peter Svendler Nielsen. The three Nielsens quickly developed a reputation for creating buildings of substance with compelling aesthetics, supported by a strong theoretical foundation. This heritage continues to inform their work today, as they bring 3XN’s vision to clients all over the world. They work on a global scale but take pride in their history and Scandinavian roots bounded by humanistic values. This allow them to re-invent tradition with a clear understanding of some of the most exciting and pressing challenges of the 21st century.
Kanonbådsvej 8 1437 Copenhagen, Denmark
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Schmidt Hammer Lassen was founded in Aarhus, Denmark in 1986 by architects Morten Schmidt, Bjarne Hammer and John F. Lassen. With more than 30 years of experience, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is one of the most award-winning and amongst the best architecture firms in Denmark. Working out of studios located in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Shanghai, they provide skilled architectural services all over the world, with a distinguished track record as designers of international high-profile architecture. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is deeply committed to the Nordic architectural traditions based on democracy, welfare, aesthetics, light, sustainability and social responsibility. In 2018, Schmidt Hammer Lassen became part of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will.
Njalsgade 17A Pakhus 2 2300 Copenhagen, Denmark
Amongst the best architecture firms in Denmark cannot miss Norm Architects. Founded in 2008, Norm Architects works in the fields of industrial design, residential architecture, commercial interiors, photography and art direction. Situated in one of the oldest streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, Norm Architects respects their context and builds on the traditions of Scandinavian design—of timeless aesthetics, natural materials and upholding Modernist principles of restraint and refinement. Through exploring what it is that heightens the human senses regardless of personal preference, their projects strip spaces, objects, ideas and images back to their simplest form. Their expertise lies in finding the balance—when there’s nothing more to either add or take away.
Njalsgade 21E, 2. sal, 2300 Copenhagen, Denmark
Amongst the best architecture firms in Denmark here will list COBE Architects a progressive and contemporary community of architects that focuses on architecture and design – from buildings to public space, to large scale urban planning. COBE Architects is situated in a refurbished warehouse centrally located on the Copenhagen harbor front in Nordhavn, Copenhagen, and currently employs approximately 130 dedicated architects, urban planners and administrative staff of different nationalities. They aim to create social interaction through all their projects with an inclusive approach to architecture based on social, practical, economical and environmental issues integrated within the process.
Pakhus 54 Orientkaj 4, st. 2150 Nordhavn, Denmark
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter is a Danish practice based in Copenhagen and founded in 1999. Danish architect Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen is the Founder and Creative Director of the architectural practice. Originating from a background in sculpture and ceramics, Dorte Mandrup’s approach to architecture has always been ‘hands on’. Shape and form constitute the company ethos – to create spaces which are aesthetically pleasing, contextually relevant, and invite people to engage. Driven by a devout belief in the possibilities of modern architecture and an experimental curiosity that insists on outstanding craftmanship – Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter team combines a firm grasp on reality with a knack for dreaming out loud.
Vesterbrogade 95A, 4th floor 1620 Copenhagen, Denmark
CEBRA is a both young and experienced Danish architectural design practice, based in Aarhus and in Abu Dhabi. It was founded in 2001 by architects Mikkel Frost, Carsten Primdahl and Kolja Nielsen and currently employs an international and multidisciplinary staff of 50 at their offices in Aarhus, DK and in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In April 2017, architect MAA Mikkel Hallundbæk Schlesinger entered the group of partners, which now consists of the three founding partners Mikkel Frost, Carsten Primdahl, Kolja Nielsen and new partner Mikkel Hallundbæk Schlesinger. They develop projects from first draft to final documents, from drawing board to on-site supervision. Their portfolio consists of Danish as well as international projects, ranging from research projects to a multitude of built work.
Vesterbro Torv 3, 2nd floor 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
JDS – Julien De Smedt Architects
Founded and directed by Julien De Smedt (co-founder of PLOT), JDSA is a multidisciplinary office that focuses on architecture and design, from large scale planning to furniture. JDSA currently employs some 30 people with offices in Copenhagen and Brussels. At the core of their architecture is the ability to take a fresh look at design issues through experienced eyes. Their approach aims at turning intense research and analysis of practical and theoretical matters into the driving forces of design. By continuously developing rigorous methods of analysis and execution, JDSA is able to combine innovative thinking and efficient production. JDSA works with corporate, government and private clients in numerous countries to realize civic, residential, office, commercial, healthcare, educational, and waterfront development projects.
Ryesgade 23, 2nd Floor 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
EFFEKT is the Danish word for impact. Founded by Sinus Lynge and Tue Foged, EFFEKT is a collaborative office based in Copenhagen. As part of the new generation of Danish architects revitalizing the Nordic tradition, EFFEKT has in recent years distinguished themselves on both the national and international scene through highly profiled and award-winning projects within architecture and urban planning. Our approach is rooted in the humanistic Scandinavian design tradition that focuses on honest, intuitive and empathic design centered around the human scale, democratic values and a pragmatic approach to function and form in relation to physical and social context. They work with architecture and planning in a broader sense, creating positive change by incorporating new technologies and interdisciplinary knowledge they develop responsible projects that create lasting value for all stakeholders.
Blågårdsgade 8, 2. sal 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
PLH Arkitekter was founded by Palle Leif Hansen (1948-1997) in 1977. He was a visionary and, at that time, controversial leader, that was not afraid to pave a new way with a professionalized and commercial approach to the architectural industry. The firm quickly developed to one of the biggest practices in Denmark and with major Danish and international corporations as a core client base. User-centered design, developed in close dialogue with clients, was already from its inception a foundation stone in PLH’s architectural approach.
Vermundsgade 38K 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Rørbæk & Møller Arkitekter
Rørbæk og Møller Arkitekter is an architectural firm based in Copenhagen. The company was founded by Peer Hougaard Nielsen og C.J. Nørgaard Pedersen in 1950. Birte Rørbæk and Lars Møller have been partners from 1976 and the company assumed its current name when they took full ownership of the company in 1989. As of 1 October 2005, the partnership was expanded with Bente Rørbæk Jørgensen, Nicolai Overgaard and Peter Villaume.
Thoravej 7, 1. sal, 2400 Copenhagen, Denmark
KHR Arkitekter, formerly known as KHRAS, is a Danish architecture firm founded in 1946 and based in Copenhagen. The company was founded by Gunnar Krohn and E. Hartvig Rasmussen. During the 1960s, the company started focusing on European styles applied to public buildings in Denmark. KHR Arkitekter explores the boundaries of architecture with curiosity and do not shy away from experimenting with new methods and materials. Their architecture has a clear Nordic standpoint in the sense that they strive for a simple and clear mode of expression where the individual, the place and the function are in focus. For KHR Architecture, a house is not just a house. Architecture is more than mere form, function and colour. Great architecture changes the way we look at the world and creates new modes of living and working.
Kanonbådsvej 4b, 1437 Copenhagen, Denmark
Founded in 2009 by Marc Jay and Julie Schmidt-Nielsen, WE Architecture is a young innovative architecture office based in Copenhagen.
WE Architecture capabilities include architecture, urban strategies, tangible design, utopian ideas and visual construction.
The name WE Architecture is based on the philosophy that architecture is not the result of only one person’s stroke of genius. WE Architecture believes that the best results occur through teamwork and transdisciplinary networks. That is why WE Architecture works across continents as well as across professional borders to enter complex conditions with the best insight and precision. They create proposals that merge through creative translation of all the information we get from contexts, conditions and programs. WE Architecture strives to push innovative architecture forward to improve the condition of the world.
Njalsgade 21E, 2. sal, 2300 Copenhagen, Denmark
Christensen & Co
Christensen & Co. is an award-winning international architectural practice based in Copenhagen. It was founded by Michael Christensen in 2006. Today, the partner group consists of Creative Director & Founding Partner Michael Christensen, CEO Vibeke L. Lindblad and Thomas Nørgaard, Mikkel H. Sørensen and Michael Larsen. Since 2006, they have made architecture that challenges conventional thinking. This has resulted in a wide range of buildings, which has received international recognition and awards. Their works include culture and sports facilities, institutions, advanced educational buildings and universities, as well as commercial and residential properties. People are at the centre of all their projects and Christensen & Co strive to create architecture that strengthens and supports social interaction.
Bragesgade 10 B DK-2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
Now owned by by Danish engineering company Cowi, Arkitema Architects is a Danish architectural firm headquartered in Aarhus with branch offices in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Malmö. The firm was founded in 1969 as Arkitektgruppen Aarhus by five students from the Aarhus School of Architecture after they won a competition for the design of an expansion of Køge Town Hall. They were Helge Tindal, Ole Nielsson, Michael Harrebæk, Eriling Stadager and Lars Due. Today Arkitema Architects has 14 partners. Arkitema has designed a broad range of architectural projects, from minor expansions and renovations to large redevelopment, infrastructural, residential and urban design projects.
Frederiksgade 32 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
Working across scale and traditional boundaries, JAJA Architects strives to create architecture, landscape, and urban planning from a holistic perspective. They aim to make each intervention a distinct, yet natural part of its environment, to create a dialogue between the project and the inherent qualities of the location. JAJA believes that projects with strong roots in their physical environment create greater experiences and added value, not only to the project but also to the surrounding community.
Heimdalsgade 35, 3. baghuset 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
Lendager Group is specialized in promoting circular economy within future cities, buildings and companies across its three legs: Lendager ARC, Lendager UP and Lendager TCW. Lendager Group offers an innovative approach to the dissemination of circular economy and the new business models that arise from this shift. They contribute in creating a future where economic growth is decoupled from greenhouse gas emissions. Because they can show through pioneering development projects that theories and ambitions can be translated into tangible results that make a real difference!
Sundkaj 11, Pakhus 48, 2150 Nordhavn, Denmark