The best daycare center in the world. Kids’ City Christianshavn by COBE and NORD Architects

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Cobe and NORD Architects Copenhagen
Project team
Competition.- Dan Stubbergaard, Rune Boserup, Frederik Lyng, Mikkel Reedtz Morris, Greta Tiedje, Chloé Blain, Dimitrie Grigorescu, Cristina Matos, Rodrigo Bandini dos Santos, Hannes Kalau vom Hofe, Andrea Pieretti, Christian Sander, Martin Jonsbak Nielsen. Project.- Andrea Pieretti, Chloé Blain, Christian Sander, Cristina Matos, Dan Stubbergaard, Dimitrie Grigorescu, Frederik Lyng, Greta Tiedje, Hannes Kalau vom Hofe, Marianne Filtenborg, Martin Jonsbak Nielsen, Martina Pedersen, Mikkel Reedtz Morris, Milan Milenkovski, Rasmus Jessing, Rodrigo Bandini dos Santos, Rune Boserup.
NORD Architects Copenhagen. Landscape architects.-PK3/BOGL. Engineers.- Sweco.
Copenhagen Municipality. Ayuntamiento de Copenhague.
Jakon, Grontmij.
4,670 m²
Competition.- 2012. Completed.- 2017.
Nursery, daycare and after school club, age 0-15.

Morten Rask Gregersen, Johannes Molander Pedersen. NORD Architects

NORD Architects is a creative office, established in Copenhagen, Denmark and by founding partners in 2003, Morten Rask Gregersen, Johannes Molander Pedersen and Mia Baarup Tofte. During the years we have employed a multidisciplinary staff of urban planners, architects, landscape architects, process consultants, art historians, academics within social and cultural studies along with our technical staff. Besides realizing various projects, they are often asked to lecture and have been taking part in exhibitions and publications on several occasions. NORD Architects operates as total advisors, collaborators and client advisors on projects within the public and private sector.

The office is taking on a broad range of assignments within architecture, urban development and innovation processes. Descripción NORD Architects is known by the ability to develop and innovate content and engage with the clients and users relating to a project.

Their work is often characterized by a high level of complexity that is organized and embodied in a specific design. They consider every project we undertake as a process of change. Therefore they focus on how to design the process itself. Theye call it process design. This method has resulted in the realization of several prizewinning projects spanning from the development of new types of institutions, urban spaces, urban development strategies and learning environments.


COBE is a limited liability company owned by Founder and Creative Director Dan Stubbergaard. COBE is a progressive and contemporary community of architects that focuses on architecture and design – from buildings to public space, to large scale urban planning. In 2005 Dan Stubbergaard and Vanessa Miriam Carlow founded COBE. The name COBE is derived from the two cities the founders are coming from - COpenhagen and BErlin. Since its establishment, COBE has gained international recognition through the realization of beautiful and innovative projects.

Today, COBE is two separate companies - one seated in Copenhagen (COBE ApS headed by Dan Stubbergaard), and one in Berlin (COBE Berlin GmbH headed by Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow). The two offices have shared a number of projects in the past, and apart from developing projects individually, they continue to share and collaborate on selected projects - also in the future.

COBE is situated in a refurbished warehouse centrally located on the Copenhagen harbor front, and currently employs approximately 50 dedicated architects, urban planners and administrative staff of different nationalities.

COBE is run by a management team consisting of Dan Stubbergaard and a core team of Project and Administration Managers. Together, they are responsible for the company’s overall development and strategic long-term goals.

All projects are developed in project teams, made up of a mix of senior and junior architects, which are led by a Project Manager. Cross-disciplinary teamwork is central in our working method and each project team cooperates with a wide range of external experts in order to obtain the best opportunities and potential towards finding innovative solutions in each particular project.

Selected awards.-

[2012] Nykredit’s Architecture Prize. Nykredit Foundation.
           MIPIM Award - Best Refurbished Building. The Library Marché International des Professionnels de l'Immobilier.
[2011] Copenhagen Award for Architecture - Best Public Building. The Library. City of Copenhagen.
[2006] The Golden Lion. Best National Pavilion. International Venice Biennale of Architecture.




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