UGBL Independent School opened its doors to 150 happy students and their teachers last year.  The pictures above were taken one sunny winter day shortly after the building was taken in use.

Laid out as a rotated quadratic grid of volumes and outdoor areas the overall scheme is tailored to allow the school to grow and expand over the coming years.

The first segment, 1700 m2, consists of open workspaces and flexible classrooms organized around a large double-height space where generous flights of steps double as the schools auditorium and meeting point.

The school is located in Ugelbølle, Denmark.



To celebrate that our project Villa G recently got awarded the Randers Municipality Architecture Award, we are posting these new pictures taken by Runólfur Geir Guðbjörnsson from Photopop.


This installation is an embodiment of the phenomenon nudging architecture, and consists of two walls; The Corner and The Threshold. Nudging, or to push, is not to be understood as a physical act, but an empathetic attempt at a sort of leading design; where the body is prompted, but not urged, to move in a certain direction. Architecture is the material and immaterial matter that surrounds us, which is why this installation touches both the body and the mind.

The otherwise logical order of Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s spatial organization, and the linear but limited movement it invokes, is by two small incisions tattered with. The placement of two walls, re-organizes space and re-conducts movement, where the effect of the nudging architecture is a new spatial experience. It raises a questioning awareness of the museum’s stringent layout in relation to the actual showcased art and in turn, the relation between what we perceive and how we behave. As the exhibited art work now relates differently to its surroundings, so will the viewer relate to the art in new ways – and maybe not only in a physical sense.

The nature of people’s instinctive acts, deals with the space in-between, both as a gap and as a link. The installations are, in their physical anonymity, staging what cannot be seen – the space in which we move, and the voids that define Charlottenborg. Simultaneously, the art and the rooms stage the installations in a material manner, and they become part of their physical and cultural context. Their purpose is not to explain nudging architecture, but to create a framework for people to experience.


Kristian Nielsen Kjær, KRADS, Hatch & Bloom


We are proud to announce that “Stöðin – A roadside stop in Iceland” has been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award.  The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, or Mies van der Rohe Award, is a Prize given biennially by the European Union and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe.   The jury’s review and the three other nominated projects from Iceland can be seen here.

“Stöðin”, a roadside stop in the Icelandic countryside, is a conjoined restaurant, drive-through, convenience store and gas station.  Icelandic culture is in many ways shaped by American influences due to the 65-year long presence of an American army base in the country. Stöðin addresses this cultural relationship by incorporating architectural elements from the American diner that contrast the traditional Icelandic building method of in situ cast concrete. The exposed concrete of the exterior bestows the diner with a permanence unknown by its American counterparts creating a friction between its streamlined aesthetics and the rustic materiality’s gravity. An elongated bar-desk transforms into seating arrangements and characterizes the semicircular restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the scenic fjord Borgarfjörður.

“Stöðin” in Borgarnes will be owned and run by Skeljungur, the Icelandic branch of Shell – with whom we are at the moment working on other road-stops within the same concept along the Icelandic highway.

Interior design is done in collaboration with aok-design.

Photography by Kristinn Magnússon.


Experiments on porosity can be seen at the Faculty of Architecture in Delft from the 16th of May until the 5th June 2012.

‘Opening the Tower’ presents two sets of experiments exploring different aspects of porosity on two significantly different scales. Built with approximately 1000000 white LEGO bricks – 676 towers on scale 1:1000 and 16 towers on scale 1:100 investigate development of possible new relationships between mass and void in large-scale architecture. The material presented at the exhibition is a result of design studio led by The Why Factory through fall semester 2011/12. The studio was developed and supervised by Prof. Winy Maas, Alexander Sverdlov and Ania Mo­lenda in collaboration with KRADS and support from LEGO and Arup.

Participants of the Eurohigh design studio:

Jaap de Jong, Marina Ferrando, Alise Jekabsone, Jayson Johnstone, Valerie Krautzer, Qian LAN, Bill Lee, Albert Mark, Ana Melgarejo, Vincent Paar, Marcus Parviainen, Alex Parvu, Pedro Pitarch, Mihaela Radescu, Marie-lahya Simon, Leo Stuckardt, Calvin Tanikaya and Cyrus Wong.

Photography by Frans Parthesius.



Work on  the summerhouse at Langitangi (“The long peninsula”) in Iceland is progressing and at the moment windows and doors are being installed.

The main focus in the design of the summerhouse was to create a careful and functional engagement with the dramatic and beautiful topography of the site.  Partly submerged in the steep terrain of Langitangi, the elongated building’s horizontal figure presents itself in the landscape as a geometrically accentuated topographic contour line. The building’s placement on the peninsula was specifically chosen in order to create a varied dialogue between the structure and it’s context. The rough concrete and the low, cantilevered roof endure the windswept site, while the building thoughtfully shelters in- and outdoor spaces from the barren landscape. Inside, the summerhouse is laid out as a linear sequence of spaces following a path parallel to the sites topography. This design shapes each space as a separate entity, each offering a uniquely framed view of the picturesque nature outside.

Completion of the project is expected in summer 2012.


The results of Eurohigh design studio’s midterm review will be shown in the Oostserre (Tu Delft Faculty of Architecture) for the next three weeks.

During the first two months studio participants searched for aspects and potentials of the ultimate European skyscraper. This research phase resulted in a form-exhausting collection of 676 models in scale 1:1000, which are presented as a grid of 26 linear iterations. This extensive catalogue of possibilities will serve as the first step to a more precise parametrization of the process and a deepened design process on modeling 8 European skyscrapers in scale 1:100.

This second stage will be continued until January 20th, 2012 and later remain at the Oostserre as a second part of the exhibition until February xx.

The Eurohigh studio is led by Winy Maas, Alexander Sverdlov and Ania Molenda from The Why Factory in collaboration with KRADS  and support from Lego and Arup.

KRADS + Katrín Ólína at the Nordic Baltic Designers Event in riga 2011

Sea Monsters is a collaborative conceptual project by Icelandic designer Katrín Ólina and KRADS.

The project addresses the active environmental problem of algal blooms in the Baltic Sea by fusing technology, science and art in an innovative way. Working with the idea of ancient mythology in a contemporary context, satellite photography is digitally translated to create an artistic vision of an alien creature appearing in public locations in the Baltic region.


The project is the first of its kind in Denmark where the otherwise chlorine filled water will be kept clean by natural means using plants, sand filters and stones.  We are looking forward to the project in collaboration with our colleagues from KLAR. The total cost of the project will be 8 million Dkr.



The city council of Herning, Denmark, has chosen our proposal for a new car show-room & service center to be the project erected on a site often nicknamed as Hernings “most attractive”.
The geometrically characteristic building will stand as an iconic figure by the main road at the city’s threshold, housing a 2000 m2 showroom and a 2400 m2 service center.
The rhombic volume of the building is divided into two halves by a diagonal cut; a dynamic and lucid showroom facing the main road contrasted by the stable mass of the service center behind.  The showroom is conceived as a continuous spiraling ramp from the sub-street level up to the roof – and is expressed in the showrooms tilting facades.
The diagonal cut between the showroom and the service center creates a visual connection between the shopping center north-west of the building and the green areas to the south-east.
The project is developed for the client Bjarne Nielsen in collaboration with CC Contractor, Finn Balle & B. Moesby Engineers.  Read more about the project on the city councils website.


We recently finished the outline proposal for UGBL Independent School in Ugelbølle, Denmark.  The school is expected to open its doors for 150 students in august 2012.

Laid out as a rotated quadratic grid of volumes and outdoor areas the overall scheme is tailored to allow the school to grow and expand over the coming years.

The first segment, 1700 m2, consists of open workspaces and flexible classrooms organized around a large double-height space where generous flights of steps double as the schools auditorium and meeting point.


For the extension of the Falkonergård Gymnasium in Copenhagen – a competition we participated in earlier this year – our focus was on enhancing the intrinsic qualities in the existing complex.  The 2400 m2 extension includes educational facilities such as classrooms, open workspaces and a gym hall.


KRADS, in collaboration with KLAR, has developed a project that reintroduces the traditional open air swimming pool – brought back to life with the use of a bio tech cleaning system – nature’s own biology.

The client, a private group of people in Skjern interested in saving their old swimming pool from demolition, Junckerhaven, a Danish specialist in Bio Pools and The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities (LOA) set forth the task to rejuvenate the worn down open air swimming pool in Skjern.  KRADS and KLAR facilitated the design process with the purpose of delivering an architectural vision for how a new kind of sustainable renovation strategy could be applied to open air swimming pools in general – using the specific pool in Skjern as an example.

The site is positioned in Skjern, a city on the west coast of Jutland, Denmark, and is a part of a larger Sports and Cultural Center.  The potentials for interesting interactions are today far from exploited.  The pool is situated next to a park which we have included in the project as a green and recreational area that can evolve over time – creating connections and interactions with the area’s additional sports and cultural activities.

The pool in Skjern will be self cleaning.  The use of the bio-tech cleaning system also results in no added chemicals in the water and reduced use of energy in terms of water flow.

The design challenge has been to renew the artificial outdoor pool from the sixties using a sustainable and naturally self cleaning technology and to rejuvenate the spirit and cultural activities related to the original swimming pool and park.  We see it as “tradition revisited”.

The project is planned to be realized and ready to open for the summer 2012



After another successful DesignMarch in Reykjavík we are already looking forward to next year’s festival.

We had a lot of fun and were happy to see that our PLAYTIME installation at the Reykjavík Art Museum received two “Glamorous Awards” – for “Best interactive installation” as well as for “Best atmosphere” – an award we shared with AttikattiThe Scarf Factory and LetterPress.
The installation, centered on our traveling workshop, was visited by 3000 people – which was a lot more than we dared hope for.  A big thanks to all that came out to play!


Kristoffer Juhl Beilman & Mads Bay Møller will show some of our latest projects giving a lecture at the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. The lecture is a part of a series called A-SCENEN arranged by the school and the Danish Architectural Association. In this lecture 2 young architectural practices will be participating, KRADS and from the Danish practice KONTUR, Marie Fenger Ehlers & Rikke Hinkbøl Jensen.  The date is friday, march 11th., between 15:00 and 17:00 in the auditorium of Aarhus school of Architecture at Nørreport.  We look forward to showing you what is on the drawing board and in the model room in our studio. More information can be found at the school’s website and the website of the Danish Architectural association.


In november 2010 we held our Playtime workshop at The Scandinavian Design College in Randers. The students engaged with the 65 kilos of Lego bricks for a week of intense studies of architectural principles – step by step adding space, scale, function, etc. to their structures. Check out the Playtime website for info.


KRADS in collaboration with A2 Arkitekterne, Byggefirmaet Knudsgaard and ISC Consulting Ingeneers has been awarded first prize for our proposal on 32 appartments for elderly at Kløvermarken, Koldby in Thisted. The project contains 32 appartments for singles and couples in connection with a spacious common area and kitchen for larger gatherings and everyday get togethers. The project is part of the Kløvermarken Ederly Center that offers a number of different facilities for the elderly.

The project interprets the tradition of the excisting buildings and the compact structure complies with energy demands for 2020 and cares for the need of rationel workflows for the caregivers at Kløvermarken.


Collaborating with C.C. contractors KRADS has been involved in the development of a new urban area in downtown Herning, Denmark.  The plot, belonging to Energigruppen and situated between Dalgas Allé and Dronningens Boulevard, is going to be transformed into a dynamic Urban Oasis.

The relocation of Energi Midt’s activities from the area creates an opportunity for a new form for urban area in Herning downtown.  The 3 hectare plot, with its characteristic old industrial buildings, will be enclosed by a new and varied peripheral building mass – encompassing a diverse program of housing, leisure, business & retail.  The character of the whole area is imagined as an Urban Oases, a fertile ground for a wide range of cultural activities, recreational attractions and a varied urban life.


KRADS, C. C. Contractors A/S and B. Moesby Engineers, were  recently awarded second prize in the competition for a new main entrance and a faculty building at the Educational Center in Skanderborg-Odder.

The new main entrance, accommodating student information and a teachers lounge, connects the existing school with the new faculty building containing classrooms, various study rooms, common spaces and administrative facilities.  The building is carefully placed in the landscape with connections to three different outdoor spaces that inspire varied outdoor activities and exhibitions.


We are honored to be among the finalists in last years Forum Aid Awards with our projekt for Dermalogica;  Skin Bar & Clinic.  The award ceremony took place at the Rival Theatre in Stockholm on February 3.  Read more about Forum Aid Awards and the international jury.


The project was awarded 1st prize in an invited competition in 2006. It is a 22.000 m2 strip mall located in Kauptún, Garðabær, Iceland. The design and construction period was 2006 until 2009,  the contractor is Sýsla ehf and the design team was a collaboration between  KRADS and Ask Arkitektar.

Located in a suburban retail-park the shopping center stands at the foot of a grassy hill, on which there’s planned a mixed-use development.  The concept is simple and utilizes the topography of the site.  By merging the building with the hill above the “backside” of the house is rendered invisible.  The two main facades of the house – which in this case are the front facade and the roof – are then given distinctly different characters.  The green roof becomes a natural extension of  the hill above while the front façade is given a super-commercial appearance.

A modern colonnade is created along the front façade where 7meter high illuminated billboards are incorporated in the load bearing structure.  The billboards serve both as signs for the shops in the center and furthermore they provide the colonnade with shelter from the winds and the frequent horizontal rain-showers in Iceland.


Last month we completed a competition proposal for a new 1100 m2 kindergarten in Aarhus, Denmark.   The rhombic shaped building –  situated diagonally within a larger educational complex that includes another kindergarden, a grammar school and extensive playground areas – is imagined as becoming the link between the different parts of the complex.  The proposal was done in collaboration with our friends and collegues from the danish architectural practice aart and in a team with Engsø Gruppen – Jørgen Petersen & co a/s and Niras.


For the past 2 years KRADS has been working with PBS A/S on reorganizing their corporate headquarters in Ballerup, Denmark. The project embodies several stages ranging from the strategic analysis of the company’s infrastructure and their buildings logistics to specific proposals concerning design and architecture. PBS A/S recently joined forces with Norwegian “BBS” and has changed their name to “Nets“. The research conducted, experiences and knowledge gained through the project are a part of the merger and work is now progressing on realizing a new main entrance, customer facillities and a reception area for the Nets organization.


The 1.500 m2 private school in Ugelbølle, Denmark has just been through a phase of further development and detailing. It has been a great experience and the original intensions and ideas of the project have been preserved. In the process we have discovered new layers and potentials in the concept that have been brought into play. We are looking forward to start building within the next 12 months.


The 12th international architecture biennale in Venice opens this week. KRADS will be taking part in the event “Backstage Architecture” next friday night, where the young architects represented in the newly released book “Worldwide Architecture” will meet to exchange ideas and present their work to international critics and journalists.
KRADS was chosen, with the project “Kauptún-Shopping center”, to represent Iceland & Denmark in “Worldwide Architecture” – a publication portraying 45 young architectural practices from all over the world.


KRADS is selected as “runner-ups” in the international idea competition MAN MADE REFORMULATE. The competition is part of the 4th International Architecture Triennale 2010 in Oslo, Norway. 85 entries were submitted, one winner and six “runner-ups” were chosen. KRADS will be published in the competition report which is part of the Oslo Triennale 2010 catalogue.


Recently we participated in the competition “Bok og Blueshus” in Notodden, Norway, proposing a building for the mixed program of a library, museum and a concert stage – serving as the city´s tribute to the strong tradition for blues music in Notodden. Here are a couple of images from our proposal.


Our proposal for a nursery home in one of the east-fjords of Iceland received an honorable mention in an open competition.

The 1500 sqm. complex consists of 20 apartments for the elderly, common areas and a landscaped garden along with facilities for the caregivers.  The simple jagged finger plan gives every apartment a view out to the fjord and creates sheltered south facing gardens in immediate contact with the common areas.


Last week we had the first inspection on final details at Villa G. The villa is almost done and the entrepreneur is finalizing the last jobs that needs to be done on the project before the final transition from building site to living space. In a few weeks all we can do is enjoy the summer an wait for the grass to grow. Here is a few pictures of the exterior.


Skjern Cultural Center (SKC) and KRADS presents future plans for developing SKC’s cultural and sport facilities. The project includes a fitness center, accommodation facilities and a new cinema all gathered by an outdoor plaza and linked to the city centre by an activity promenade.