By: Lærke Bo Poulsen and Maja Bøgn Vindbjerg

About the exhibition
Aarhus School of Architecture interprets icons that have made a difference in time and space and changed our view on certain typologies – or even changed our behavior. A mix of Danish and international master students, reflects different cultures and backgrounds, and the exhibition reveals different views upon what we define as icons.
Exhibitors are students from Studio MAD and Studio Design.

Birgitte Geert Jensen, Rikke Frost, Karen Kjærgaard, Jan Buthke and Kätte Bønløkke
Anne Quist, Kasper Mose, Lars Vejen, Thomas Pedersen and Stephan Astrup
Aarhus School of Architecture exhibits in Il Salone 2014. 8th – 13th of April
Exhibition venue: Ventura Lambrate, Via Privata Oslavia 7

Read more about the exhibition at: and DesignOnTour

Three of the leading Danish design and architect schools have joined forces to present, in the DANISH MADE exhibition, a comprehensive range of current and experimental furniture design. The exhibition is also celebrating the 100 year anniversary of two of Denmark’s world-famous furniture designers, Børge Mogensen and Hans J. Wegner.
On the basis of three different assignments, the students are now creating an interpretation of different icons visions, works and methods, which they have transformed so the furniture expresses a contemporary idiom and matches our time – in the form of new materials, technologies and changes in our lifestyles.
The project is a part of Innonet – Lifestyle, Interior and Clothing and is supported by Kvadrat A/S, Expotape, COOP DK and Fritz Hansen.
DANISH MADE consists of:
Morphology – stick and cushion
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Same, same but different – beyond icons
Aarhus School of Architecture
On Your Shoulders
TEKO Design + Business Via University College

O.P. Chair
O.P. Chair
By: Lærke Dahl Ravnsbæk and Einar Sigþórsson



Little Big Thing is a piece of cityscape furniture with seats, little stages and platforms, where the town can be seen from new angles.



The Latin adverb sic indicates that a quotation has been transcribed exactly as found in the original source, complete with any erroneous or archaic spelling or other nonstandard presentation. The conventional use, as indicated above, is in relation to written manifestations, but also provides a guide to how the work presented should be approached.

The exhibition presents the work developed in the 2nd and 3rd year units of the BA in the autumn semester of 2013. The academic BA year consists of research based autumn semester and a projected based spring semester, both dealing with the same overall theme, enabling projects based on knowledge gained through research. Thus the work exhibited is to be understood as a fragment or work in progress – studies as found at a particular point in time.

The theme for this academic year is Coverings and is the second in a series of three common themes being explored over a tree-year period. The first common theme was Openings and together with Coverings and the yet undisclosed theme of the coming academic year, they present the students with the possibility to rediscover the potentials of basic architectural elements, expanding the understanding of the supposedly well-known through experiments and open inquiry.

Units A, B, C, D, E and F all present different approaches to working within the theme Coverings and the presented work is taking directly from the studio space “complete with any erroneous or archaic spelling or nonstandard presentation”, this is BA[sic].

The exhibition is a presentation of AAA for accreditation by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). RIBA is a Royal Charter supporting and campaigning for high quality architecture, influencing architecture politics worldwide and serving as an international benchmark for architects and architecture.

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For the fourth time the first year students at Aarhus School of Architecture have dissected old houses in the outskirts of Denmark. In the process they learn about construction, materials and scale. Their work is currently exhibited at the library and around the school.




Every year Studio Constructing an Archive hosts a lot of international students. Chinese student, Yi Lin Vincent, who has recently graduated from Aarhus School of Architecture, tells about his experience as an international student at the school, and his work at Studio Constructing an Archive:

“My experience at Aarhus School of Architecture has been positive. First and foremost I appreciate how the school tries to help students develop what they discover themselves along with their projects, which help the students find their own way in architecture. The school focuses on having a traditional studio-style of education where you sit in studios with a lot of other students, whilst at the same time having a close dialogue with the teachers. This has been a beneficial environment for me. The school is also well equipped with all the necessary workshop facilities to allow you to build different types of models. Last but not least the architectural library within the school is my favorite place.”

Studio Constructing an Archive
“I had a memorable time in “Studio Constructing an Archive”, it was not easy for me in the beginning, and it never became easy. The teachers tried only to establish the frame for us, which then allowed us to address the particular challenges and considerations we discovered ourselves relating to design process. Sometimes I felt confused during the process, but the teachers did not give any answers, instead they guided you along, which forced you and encouraged you to dive deeper into the project to figure it out. Of course there are intense studio hours, but students might be surprised by their own production in the end.”

Thesis Project – Vessel
“My thesis subject was born from the questions: What exactly is space? What defines architectural space, and furthermore how do we perceive space? In the end of summer, I discovered the concept called vessel. My thesis work is seeking to embark on an understanding of space; I try to explore the perception of space under the notion of “vessel”.





Clay and rice husk is moulded in the water basin dug into the earth. The mixture is splattered into a steel cast.

Part of our studies with Studio Context is to investigate local building materials, production, and traditions hereby to create a design realization for our project. Here is a little piece of the atmosphere surrounding the production on bricks.

Piles of bricks surround another pile of bricks with a roof of coconut branches on top of it. Here is where a tribal family lives and works for a brick manufacturing company. They’re staying here in the house for a few months until they move on for other work. Two women sit and mould clay beside a water basin dug into the earth, they splatter a mixture of clay and rice husk into a steel cast that is carried by a young man. Back and forth he walks, laying out the wet bricks in systemic rows. They’ll lie here and dry a little for three days until they can be stacked higher as a single, vertical layer where they’ll dry off for a month.

Meanwhile, the dried bricks are stacked into big chunks in a rat trap formation to allow heat and air flow while burning. At the bottom firewood slots can be found—they use metal pipes to shove in smaller timber after they slide in an entire log that will keep the brick chunk burning for 8 days. Buffaloes stand nearby in the smoke from the blazing fires, watching every move on the site while chewing away on the grass growing from the dusty clay. Their excrements along with rice husk are used in between the layers of the brick chunks for insulation and to protect the bricks while on fire. The life of humans in a temporary context, animals, and the earth fuse into an organic machine to form basic building blocks for people to make their own houses.

By Bendik Støckert and Oliver Edwards, Studio Context in India

The cast is put in systematic rows drying for three days, until they are stacked in a system that allows them to dry off for a month.

The farmers use buffaloes for transportation of different materials, timber among other things.


96 students from Design and Architecture Shools in Denmark participated in the FSC Design Award, and students from AAA won 8 out of 12 prizes. FSC encourages to think and design with a sustainable approach and to reflect on material and human resources, – at the same time a participation in the award is a unique possibility to present ones design for relevant producers and the press. The Winning projects, all from studio MAD and Design, are exhibited at the library from the 10th of March to the 4th of April.
The exhibited pieces are:
CRAFTED prize – Stine Hedelund Andersen: Wardrobe furniture “Skub”
Runner-ups – Martin D. Christensen: “Rammesavs Taburet”, Troels Thorbjørnson: Worktable, Nicholas Dunning: “Itis” chair, Morten Larsen Møller: “Cubus”, Torunn Skartsad: Wardrobe furniture, Jane Krejberg Haahns: “Gren” lamp and Trine Gammelsæter: Wardrobe bar

To the Left: Stine Hedelund Andersen: Wardrobe furniture “Skub”, won the CRAFTED prize, Front: Lise Grosen, Behind: Trine Gammelsæter: Wardrobe bar



The studio is a collaboration between the Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus University and GXN, the innovation unit of 3XN Architects. The studio will focus on both contemporary and traditional sustainable planning and building praxis and investigate how science and theory of contemporary ecology as well as simple materials and traditional techniques can inform and enrich architectural design at an urban landscape scale and all the way to detailing of building parts.

With inspiration from Cradle to Cradle and research into trends in society, new materials and building technologies as well as regional traditions and considerations, the studio is developing a regenerative design methodology, where integration of behaviour, material metabolisms, renewable energy, water purification, active indoor climate and increased biodiversity are part of the architectural means and aims.

Thus the intention with the studio is not merely an educational program of sustainability and technologies; it is first and foremost an architectural design studio, where understanding how the development of our society have impact on urban transformation, implementation of technologies as well as other efforts and intentions of environmental sustainability will be seamlessly integrated as part of the architectural, spatial, aesthetic and experiential aspects of the projects.