A proud and happy student of architecture, 25 year old Espen Lunde Nielsen, received the award from Icopal Danmark - Icopal Prisen 2011. According to the judges for a poetic, thought-provoking and inspiring suggestion as to a new residential structure.
Icopal Denmark has every year over the last 25 years granted the award to young architechts. The award honours renewal of Danish architecture by including the 5th facade - the roof - in new and innovative ways. " As far as I know it is the first time in the 25 years of history of the Icopal Prisen, that the all judges give the highest score to one and the same project. And, the winning project very much distances itself and seeks new ways - this moves the prevailing notion of how the roof can be exploited." Says Søren Drewsen, Managing Director of Icopal Danmark.
|A model of the winning project: ”Inhabitable Roof/Coexistence in a Restless Borough”.
Living on the roof
In his final project Esben Lunde Nielsen links different elements. One is to create a living, green roof that changes with the seasons and is able to absorb rainwater while at the same time water is collected in a reservoir on the roof and used among other things for toilet flushing. Another is to exploit the city roofs to small dwellings for student , offices and the like.
Esben Lunde Nielsen comments: "My idea is that the residents must really feel it in their bodies that they are part of a collective life in a building where other people live with their individuel sounds and smells. This is my reaction to how you as an inhabitant in practically all new construction today is completely isolated and there lack the valuable diversity, interaction and verve that we know from older buildings".
The winner of Icopal Prisen 2011, Espen Lunde Nielsen with (from the left) Sven Felding, rector of Kunstakadiemiets kunstskole, Søren Drewsen, Managing Director of Icopal Danmark and Torben Nielsen, rector of Aarhus Arkitektskole.
The visionary architects of tomorrow
Managing Director of Icopal Danmark Søren Drewsen is pleased that the award is today well-known among Danish Architects. ”I must say that also this year it has been incredibly inspiring to learn about the contestants many ideas, visions and dreams centered around the 5th facade. All this talent gives promising prospects for Danish Architecture", he finishes.
The last winner of the Icopal Prisen - Klaus Rasmussen who won the award in 2009 has no doubt that winning the award played a crucial role when he after finishing his studies applied and got a job with Claus Bjarum Arkitekter. "In the business there is extensive knowledge about the Icopal Prisen and it was a nice push forward in my career to win the award", says Klaus Rasmussen.
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