The Danish Architecture Center opens at the BLOX, the new building by studio OMA, with the interactive exhibition ‘Welcome Home’ by Olafur Eliasson exploring the future of living
The BLOX, a new mixed-use building in the harbor of Copenhagen opened on May 2018. A project by architect Ellen van Loon, studio OMA, it was designed to house the DAC (Danish Architecture Center) at its center, with wide spaces dedicated to exhibitions, lectures and education, as well as a rooftop bar with view on the harbor and the island of Slotsholmen. Its strategic position made it possible to connect with the city a quite desolate neighborhood, creating new urban routes.
The building was conceived as a city within the city, an active part in the beating heart of Copenhagen. “Instead of stacking a mixed-use programme in a traditional way, we positioned the DAC at the centre of the volume, surrounded by its objects of study: housing, offices and infrastructures. Urban routes enter the building and create a series of interactions between the different elements of the project and the city itself” said architect van Loon. Along with the DAC, the building will also house the BloxHub, – a multidisciplinary hub for sustainable development – a restaurant, some apartments, a fitness center and a playground.
The inaugural exhibition ‘Welcome Home‘ (running until September 23rd, 2018) is a journey to discover Danish houses through the major periods that have shaped our way of living. The new challenges of contemporary living, such as demographic growth and destructured families, offer interesting cues to redesign residential complexes of the ’60s, making them more functional for the future. The first element welcoming the visitors of the exhibition is the interactive installation ‘Multiple Shadow House’ by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, where visitors create the work of art with their behavior, moving and interacting. [Text Laura Galimberti – Photo Rasmus Hjortshøj].