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3XN architects: A Danish approach to design

UToday HomeFebruary 12, 2013

By Jessica Wallace

EVDS is welcoming Kim Nielsen of the Danish architecture firm 3XN to campus for a public lecture on Feb. 12. Courtesy of 3XNEVDS is welcoming Kim Nielsen of the Danish architecture firm 3XN to campus for a public lecture on Feb. 12. Courtesy of 3XNThe Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) welcomes Kim Nielsen, founder and principal of the Danish architecture firm 3XN to campus for a public lecture on Feb. 12.

Acclaimed architect, Kim Nielsen is one of the three founders and current Principal of 3XN, a design studio based in Copenhagen. The studio is known for its preference for social and humane architecture, and projects that demand a high level of detail and workmanship.

Nielsen will be on campus as a guest critic at EVDS in their senior architecture studios, reviewing student projects and delivering a public lecture about the work of his award-winning firm.

Since starting 3XN in 1986, Nielsen has been the creative driving force behind the studio. He functions not only as the creative director, but is also responsible for the overall architectural quality of the company’s work, from the idea to the final result.

3XN creates architecture for people through a complex approach tailored to users and clients. They build on the Scandinavian tradition of clear functionality and simple beauty.

“It is very important for our architecture students to hear the leading architects in the world today and learn about their design projects and the ideas behind them,” states Associate Dean of Architecture, Branko Kolarevic. “We are fortunate to have Kim Nielsen share with us his insights and also provide our students with a valuable critique of their own creative ideas.”

Nielsen has been involved in all of 3XN’s major projects, including the Copenhagen Arena, the aquarium The Blue Planet, Museum of Liverpool, Ørestad College in Copenhagen, Muz­iekgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam, and the Danish Embassy in Berlin.

At 3XN, each projects rest on the shoulders of their previous work. New project are seen as opportunities for research, challenging the firm to enhance the design experience and sharpen their approach.

Nielsen will join EVDS to talk about the values within architecture and explain how architecture shapes behaviour. He has established an Innovation Unit which explores new materials and technologies that, as he will demonstrate, can have a net positive effect on the built environment.

Nielsen’s lecture will take place on campus Feb. 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Professional Faculties building, room 2160. The lecture is free and open to the public. Visit the EVDS website for more information.