COBE was founded by German architect, Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow and principal Danish architect Dan Stubbergaard in 2005. It is a group of architects which function as a community to create designs for buildings, public spaces and urban plans. COBE’s projects are contemporary and progressive, with a focus on architecture which is not only innovative but beautiful. The company is known for its focus on collaborative work with other firms and independent designers. It established its place in the architectural world at the 10th International Architecture Exhibition, winning the Golden Lion at the prestigious Venice Biennale. Its project CO-Ecolution signaled its now trademark focus by collaborating with three emerging Danish architectural practices. Many other awards now add to that early competitive win.
One COBE founder is from COpenhagen and the other is from BErlin, and together, COBE became the established name. International recognition has allowed the company to expand. COBE ApS in located in Copenhagen, with Stubbergaard as head. COBE Berlin GmbH is located in Berlin, with Carlow as head. The two offices have collaborated on past projects and will continue to work together on selected future projects. In addition, each location develops individual projects.
COBE Copenhagen is centrally located on the waterfront, in a refurbished warehouse in the harbor. There are 50 architects and urban planners, with an international administrative staff. Stubbergaard leads a management team which is responsible for setting the long term goals and development of the company. Each project is led by a Project Manager who oversees the work of a cross-disciplinary mix of junior and senior architects. External experts contribute to each project to maintain the highest level of opportunities and solutions.
Noted projects include:
- Tasstrup Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark
- Maritme Museum and Science Center in Porsgrunn, Norway
- Roskilde Rock Museum in Denmark
- European Spallation Source in Lund, Sweden
- Verster Voldgade in Copenhagen, Denmark
- Israels Plads in Copenhagen, Denmark
- Lund Science Village in Sweden
COBE seeks to contribute toward equitable, sustainable and beautiful cities. With a goal of making spaces particularly wonderful so that they will be used for generations to follow, the company hopes to build visionary, useful structures which will be responsible to the clients and stakeholders which support them and highly accessible for the people who will use them.
The Tip of Redmolen
COBE, Tredje Natur, and Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects have teamed together to create this distinctive new building on the waterfront at the Copenhagen Nordhavnen harbor. It is destined to become a combined use office building with a panoramic water and city view. The design is circular; purposefully signaling that the city is open and welcoming, and with no definite front or rear. The architects took inspiration for the circular design from old silos preserved in the harbor area. The building’s design includes a public landscape plinth with a central atrium for meetings, and a private cylindrical building space.
The architects describe the building as “democratic” because it offers a 360-degree view of the Copenhagen skyline and the Oresund region. Among its unique features are a vertical circulation system, a covered winter garden shared by building tenants and the public, strikingly beautiful green spaces throughout the central atrium at all levels, a roof garden, innovative circular floor plans, and façade geometry with panels aligned by solar orientation. The panels will have integrated solar cells, surfaces throughout the building are light reflecting to maximize the distribution of daylight throughout the structure, and rainwater will be harvested on the roof and directed toward infiltration systems below.
Each building floor will include space for multi lease tenants and one domicile. Work environments will enjoy inner atrium views of green spaces and external building views. The external façade’s openings alternate and correlate with the world’s traditional four corners, resulting in daylight optimization of sunlight and a diverse expression of textures. Regardless of the elevation, the building shimmers in the sunlight, and promises to be a positive landmark addition to the city.
Christiansholm (The Paper Island)
In February 2016, COBE received notice that its masterplan for replacing existing warehouses on Christiansholm Island with innovative structures won the international competition held for the project. Along with collaborators TRanssolar, Inside Outside and Via Trafik, COBE will build the proposed Copenhagen Halls. These will include spaces for public functions with housing on top. Part of the spaces will include a new swimming hall, a gallery hall, a green space inner courtyard and commercial use areas. A promenade for public use will circle the entire island. Christiansholm is an artificial island, and home to the Royal Danish Playhouse and the Opera House.
Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge
This bridge project was one of 74 entries from around the globe competing for the opportunity to build a bridge across the River Thames in the center of London. The Jury Panel for the 2015 competition was strict, with numerous requirements made of the competition entrants such as budgetary constraints and specific transportation goals for the chosen bridge. Bystrup architecture, Design and Engineering won the challenge to design the new cycle and pedestrian bridge for West London. The heritage, culture and setting were top considerations for any structure crossing the Thames, and proved to be the premise for controversy once the winner was announced. Some complaints from community members on either side of the Thames have voiced their objections to the proposed new crossing. The entries competed with exceptional designs, ranging from fanciful to austere. This COBE entry, though not the winning project, is nevertheless a strikingly beautiful architectural design.
COBE and MVRDV collaborated on Ragnarock, developing a golden building perfectly housing a museum for music. Roskilde, Denmark is well-known for its Roskilde Festival. The event began in 1971 and is the largest music and North European culture festival. The cantilevered Ragnarok is studded with golden aluminum triangles. It was meant to be flamboyant, paying tribute to rock’s lead singers past and future. The entrance walkway is red, emulating a red carpet greeting for visitors. The interior is filled with bright red triangles of painted concrete and studded surfaces to emulate the vivid interior of a guitar case. Elevators whisk visitors up to performance spaces and down to the floor level bar, which features black studded surfaces. It’s a reference to the rise and fall of musical careers. The dramatic cantilevered structure is intended to serve as a focal point and anchor for the redevelopment emerging in the area which supports the rock and roll culture enlivening the city.
This building features an icon rhombus shape with a filigree facade. It is designed as a place where Adidas sports starts, employees and visitors can gather for functions. It will feature distinctive floor to ceiling windows on all side so that the existing terrain may be easily viewed from anywhere inside. The auditorium, back of house spaces, promotional shop, food court for staff and gathering areas are all covered by an open grid, skylight strip-infused, linear roof which emulates the performance stripes of Adidas’ iconic footwear logo. The interior ambience is characterized by clean, open spaces with modern materials for casual and friendly gatherings. The building is scheduled for completion in 2018, and will provide a space to “Meet & Eat” with the entire Adidas family under one roof. It will be located in Herzogenaurach.