THE ICEBERG WINS BUILDING OF THE YEAR 2015

6 February, 2015 at 16:44

THE ICEBERG WINS BUILDING OF THE YEAR 2015The Iceberg was selected as the Winner of the 2015 Building of the Year for Housing.

Over 3000 projects were in competition for this prestigious recognition selected by the readers of ArchDaily. With over 80.000.000 monthly pageviews ArchDaily is the largest online architecture platform worldwide.

The Iceberg was an international collaborative effort. JDS ARCHITECTS (DK, BE, CN) joined forces with CEBRA (DK), LPA (FR) and SeArch (NL) to compose a European team and design the project as one.
The project has 216 apartments that amounts to over 23000 m2 in a neighbourhood-like configuration. The volume of the buildings are organised in peaks and valleys to allow the entire complex to benefit from views towards the sea and the horizon.

You can see all the winners here.

2014 REVIEW

30 January, 2015 at 16:45

This past year has been eventful. At times exhilarating, at times difficult, constantly fluctuating. We suffered a lot of competitions losses but started many new commissions and continued the construction of a handful of projects. We even completed a few. Here’s a selection of 2014 key moments:

6 TOPPING OFF PROJECTS

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Our ABC project in Lille topped off. The building is a 7000 m2 mixed use complex that combines a kindergarten, a youth hostel and a business incubator around a triangular garden, representing the relations of 3 different ages of mankind: childhood, youth and entrepreneurship.
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2014 was also the year of our first building ceremony in China: this event is a sort of mash-up of a breaking ground ceremony and a topping off: we’re here with our client breaking ground but on the roof of the building! The Hangzhou H project will be completed in 2015
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Our S4 residential complex in Paris is topping off.
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Our Qingdao 180000 m2 office and commercial project tops off.
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Our N4 residential complex in Paris is topping off.
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Our 100.000 m2 Istanbul project tops off in Kagithane, Turkey
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Our Hangzhou H project nears completion as the scafffoldings are taken down to reveal the building’s facade.

3 COMPLETED BUILDINGS

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Our Faaborg Bath opens in Denmark. The project offers bathing and leisure facilities to this community of Southern Fyn.
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Our first Belgian building opens in Antwerp. The project is built upon an existing structure and functions as a police station convertible into housing overtime.
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Our project for a 700 residential units in Gangnam, Seoul is completed! The project is a 38000 m2 compact housing and commercial program that offers generous views to its surrounding.

5 AWARDS

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Handed over by Rudy Vervoort, Ministre President of the Brussels region, we received the International Award at the Belgian Building Awards 2014. This was an occasion to rub shoulders with some of Belgium most esteemed politicians and answer a live Q&A on our visions for the future of Brussels.
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Our project Kalvebod Waves in Downtown Copenhagen was nominated for the strangely named Big Arne Award.
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Our Kalvebod Waves project in central Copenhagen wins the 2014 AIT Award among 500+ competitors
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Julien receives the prix Dejean 2014 from the Académie Francaise d’Architecture at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris
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Our Kalvebod Waves project wins the Urban Design WAN Award 2014!

MIX MEDIA

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For the photo shoot of an interview with the Belgian newspaper De Standaard, Julien was tricked into getting back on his board For some Skating session. The interview addressed his entire career and current events including winning the International Award at the Belgian Building Awards right after losing the project for the Square de l’accueil in Evere where he grew up.
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2014 was also our introduction into the world of events with the concept of the Pop-Up Art Club, a new venue in the heart of Brussels, designed to connect cultural actors and individuals from the arts, design, music, fashion and other creative communities seeking means of expression beyond the city’s establishments.
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Spring is here! JDS has laid out 3 of its Stoop benches in Brussels to the enjoyment of all
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We rush to Rem’s Biennale in Milan for the usual fix of architectural (over) consumption
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After winning the Mipim Award 2013 our Iceberg project is now fully inhabited. We took the opportunity of other meetings in Aarhus to pay a fun visit to this recent project.
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Julien is interviewed and, as it is customary, caricatured by Klaustoon in issue 60 of A10 magazine
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Julien was cornered by L’Echo, the Belgian business magazine, as one of their 20 ‘Steve Jobs of tomorrow’
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Gary Bates of Spacegroup takes a dive down the zip-line of our ski jump in Oslo
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Upon invitation of Tækker Group we join a team of the 10 most prominent Danish architects to participate in the making of an entirely new city to be called NYE in the vicinity of Aarhus
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The year started glamorously by the design of a fictional museum to feature in the uber- successful TV series ‘The Legacy’ (Arvingerne, DK). The show reached an all-time high viewers rating in Denmark before conquering the international market.
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Spotted on Facebook: According to this marketing post, if flying planes was an Olympic sport, KLM would apparently like to take off from our ski jump.
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We celebrate the 10 years anniversary of DAMn magazine in Kortrijk and during the INTERIEUR fair
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Multiple JDS projects are exhibited on the streets of Copenhagen to outline the city’s efforts in green development
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We contribute to an exhibition entitled NEW RULE at aiima, Shibuya, organised by Vacant gallery and TOO MUCH magazine, Tokyo. The exhibition addresses the conditions of the game of Soccer and of stadiums in Tokyo in regards to the forthcoming 2020 Olympics to be held in the capital
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We participate in the URBAN PLUNGE exhibition at the Zaha Hadid designed Roca gallery. The exhibition explores the growing urban swimming movement through a series of proposals for river and harbour baths in London, New York and Copenhagen that envisage imaginative new ways to enjoy urban water environments.
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We’re sorting out models to be shipped to Paris for the exhibition of our 2 projects for the entrepots MacDonald at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal. The 2 housing buildings account for 100 apartments and are under construction in the North East of Paris.
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Our projects Iceberg and VM are featured on the smartphone game Megalopolis
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On assignment over Copenhagen, Iwan Baan posts a picture of our Kalvebod Waves and Harbour Bath projects on his Instagram
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We rush to Rem’s Biennale in Milan for the usual fix of architectural (over) consumption
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From February to June, we took part in the MOBILIA exhibition at the Atomium in Brussels. MOBILIA follows the development of 30 Belgian architects and reveals how the relation between architecture, interior architecture and furniture has changed over a century.

COMPETITIONS

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After a tight selection process our team comprised of international advisors in the world of Skateboarding is selected to compete for the Streetmekka competition project in Esbjerg, DK. After a summer of work our contractor decides not to submit our finalised and on budget project, thereby disqualifying us. Thank you Jensen & Jensen, we wish you the best in the future
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Together with LPA we were selected to rethink the development of one of the emblematic new stations for the Grand Paris metro lines. The site was at the junction of the two districts of Clichy Sous Bois and Montfermeil, notorious to have been the scenery of the 2005 riots which brought this part of Paris to light to the international media and have since been remembered as the epiphany of the urban social malaise. The station proposed would function as much as a square as it would as a station and engage the commuters with the local community in a multi-programmed and cross-cultural manner.
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For the city of Oostende, BE we revisited the standard of elderly homes and designed a project taking the infinity symbol as the shape of the ward. It allowed for continuous movements within the building rather than dreadful back and forth, without increasing distances, and furthermore allowing natural light and views to a green patio.
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We submit to the competition for the new headquarters of the Swiss Radio and Television in Lausanne
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We were shortlisted for the visitor’s center of the castle of Hammershus on Bornholm Island, Denmark.
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We teamed up with X Architekten for this 90.000 m2 project of mixed program adjacent to Vienna’s new main station
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Alongside some 300+ teams we unsuccessfully submit the competition for the Architecture and Photography museums in Budapest, Hungary
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We’re shortlisted together with node and BNKR for the Project Delaware, an 80000 m2 commercial and cultural project in Mexico City
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Together with LPA we submit a large housing project in the 13th district of Paris for the RIVP
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Vanhaerents shortlists our Brussels office for a small project close to our HQ
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We were approached to bid on the future of Brussels Airport

NEW PROJECTS

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Our design for this house in Brussels receives building permit
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New commission for a 2300 m2 project in Aarhus by the Taekker Group
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Our design for one of the specific sites for the city of NYE, Denmark
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Vanke invites us for a large scale mix-use project in Shenzhen, China.
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We finalised the project of 2 residential towers in the city of Wuhan, China.
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An unexpected commission for an Aquatic resort in Turkmenistan lands at the office
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Our activities in Turkey continued in 2014 with a 300.000 m2 project proposal in Zeytinburnu, Istanbul.

MAKERS WITH AGENDAS

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Julien’s design label, Makers With Agendas, went to attend its first year at the Stockholm Furniture Fair presenting a small collection of hyper compact and handy products. The fair turned out a great success deciding the label to make it its primary focus for 2015.
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Right after the fair we lectured on the relationship of our approach in design and architecture at the Bulo studio in Mechelen, Belgium
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Under the curatorship of Joseph Grima, Makers With Agendas participated in a group show displaying some of their ‘Design Is’ campaign posters as part of the fiera in Milan.
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Makers With Agendas took part in the Space For Everyone collection presentation of Danish fashion brand Soulland
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Makers With Agendas is nominated for the Danish Design Awards
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Makers With Agendas takes a creative retreat in the French Jura at the JDS drawn casa-Jura.
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The New Museum in New York sets up a tattoo parlor with the Makers With Agendas designed shop display.

 

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