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Aarhus Vand has officially moved into new-built headquarters

March 3rd, Aarhus Vand invited partners, employees, and the industry inside to officially inaugurate their new headquarters designed by CEBRA. Connecting administration, production and service units in one building, the design now comes alive, and staff and partners can officially drive water innovation from one location.

“With the new domicile, we have fantastic surroundings for our company. For the first time in our 150-year history, we gather all 230 staff members under one roof,” Lars Schrøder, CEO at Aarhus Vand, said in the invitation for the inauguration on March 3rd 2023. This statement sums up the ambitions of Aarhus Vand, when they decided to build a new headquarters – to gather their competences in one building that supports the many functions and municipal obligations of Aarhus Vand.

The office building consists of three floors with the ground floor being open for public access. The remaining floors are dedicated to customer support, finance, project managers and other administrative staff. The two wings of the construction accommodate the service staff with the department for wastewater in one wing and the department for drinking water in another.

However, the staff employees do not have a fixed workstation but can choose between a variety of company spaces; quiet rooms and common office spaces in different sizes, presentation spaces, and lounge areas. All the flexible seats are set up to easily connect your laptop to a screen. In an article from Erhvervsliv Aarhus, the personnel says that it is nice to be able to work from different locations depending on the activity and personal needs – and that the building is easy to use and navigate.

No matter where you sit in the office building, the design mimics natural freshwater habitats. The three floors have different green, brown and blue colour themes as well as soft shapes that create immediate images of fresh water environments in the architecture. Not least by the circular platforms at different floor levels in the atrium, resembling water lilies, that create lively working spots visible to people using the lobby.

The artwork “Catharsis: Surge” by Jakob Kudsk Steensen was inaugurated together with the 10,500 sqm building. Through 3D animation and sound, the work is an artistic reflection on the bond between technology and nature – also reflected in the design and materials of the architecture.

The first company in Silicon Valley of water tech
The official opening of the new domicile in Hasselager Allé is an important step towards Water Valley Denmark – a 70,000 sqm innovation district for water tech. A hub for collaboration between start-ups, national and global companies, public organisations, researchers, and students working with water supply and technology. A related municipal project, The Spring, is planned to house 100 companies and institutions in the district over the next 15 years besides Aarhus Vand. The first companies have already moved to the area to contribute to a water cluster driving innovation in the global water sector.

To enable knowledge-sharing and innovation, the water is visible and present in the construction. For instance, rainwater is collected and used to flush toilets in the building complex, just as it contributes to the recreational outdoor spaces supporting biodiversity.  Thus, with their new headquarters, Aarhus Vand walk the talk and demonstrates water management in practice. Over time, Aarhus Vand will develop and showcase more demonstrations of water technology in the building complex.

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Martin Møller Vilhelmsen, Communications Manager
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New Communications Manager at CEBRA

We are glad to welcome Martin Møller Vilhelmsen to the CEBRA team as the new Communications Manager.

“With Martin on the team, we can share more of our projects, research, and visions. With the great attention we experience on our work, we feel obliged to continuously share our knowledge with the rest of the world,“ says Mikkel Frost, Founding Partner.

In 2022, CEBRA launched the research projects Reduction Roadmap and WISE, only adding to the portfolio and business potential of CEBRA. In 2023, CEBRA works on big projects like Hannemanns Allé in Copenhagen, the new Danish Crown Headquarters in Randers, and Mount Tirana in Tirana, Albania.

“We have many projects to show and stories to tell about CEBRA going forward. That is why we are thrilled to have Martin on board,” says Mikkel Frost.

Martin has a degree in Corporate Communication from Aarhus BSS and has worked in communications at the Aarhus School of Architecture. At CEBRA, Martin will be responsible for maintaining and developing the CEBRA brand and all internal and external communication.

Get in touch with Martin at or +45 3161 9671.

The CEBRA award 2023 goes to…

And the CEBRA award goes to… Tyra Matilda Rex graduating from the Aarhus School of Architecture with the project “Collective Digest – Acts of Convivial Metabolism”.

The project explores the potential of architecture to enter a metabolistic cycle. The former slaughterhouse on the Aarhus Harbour is transformed into a combined greenhouse, food market and restaurant where mushrooms and vegetables are grown, fermented, eaten, digested and composed. The cycle generates money, energy and building materials for the transformation of the building.

The project draws its artistic fuel in a juxtaposition of the industrial context in the slaughterhouse with new materials naturally formed by mushrooms and fermentation processes. The solutions addresses many of the challenges we face, with both seriousness, artistic nerve and humoristic excess. It strengthens our faith in architecture showing new paths to beauty and the good life.

The CEBRA award 2023 – Le Corbusier’s legendary eight-volume Oeuvre Complete and CEBRA files 01-04 – is presented to Tyra Matilda Rex for her courage to explore the complex, disgusting and changeable – and the poetic strength and beauty within material experiments, models, and architecture. Congratulations and good luck!

Illustrations: Tyra Matilda Rex

Reduction Roadmap wins ‘Det Bæredygtige Element 2022’

We are honored and extremely proud to receive this year’s The Sustainable Element Collaboration Award at Building Green DK in Copenhagen.

Together with our colleagues from EFFEKT and MOE Denmark A/S we received the award for our cross-sectoral partnership and collaboration in developing the Reduction Roadmap – the first tool ever to translate the planetary boundary for climate change into annual industry-specific reduction targets for the Danish building sector.

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Combining nature and urban life – CEBRA plans new urban district ‘Store Ravnsbjerg’ in Aarhus

With particular emphasis on nature, biodiversity, green mobility and a vibrant urban life, CEBRA will define the overall architectural framework for the planning and design of the new urban district Store Ravnsbjerg in Viby, Aarhus.

The area around Store Ravnsbjerg has often been described as one of the last urban development areas in Aarhus, and over the coming years the planning of a new housing area will take shape.

Today, the 80,000 sqm site is characterized by two forest areas of scenic value, which will be preserved to form the primary basis for future planning and design.

Aiming to create a safe and attractive area, the district plan for Store Ravnsbjerg will be developed with focus on biodiversity, nature, outdoor facilities as well as path systems for pedestrians and bicycles to connect the housing area to the rest of Viby. In addition, the area will comprise different housing types, a kindergarten, commercial facilities, a supermarket and an urban square on the edge of the woods with shops and restaurants.

The project is developed in collaboration with the property owner 1927 Estate as well as Labland and Territorium. The district plan is expected to be approved in 2024.

Discover more urban development projects by CEBRA

NYE masterplan
Hannemanns Alle

Collective squares and a vibrant urban atmosphere: CEBRA wins competition to plan new business district in Copenhagen

With particular emphasis on urban quality, atmosphere and a recognisable identity, CEBRA has won the competition to develop a new district plan for the future development of Hannemanns Allé in Ørestad, Copenhagen. Aiming to create a new vibrant business district in Ørestad, the project will define the overall architectural framework for the future development of the area that is located between the Royal Arena and the Øresund Highway.

“In this project, we have been working with a reversed design approach to the planning process, where the primary investment lies in the urban spaces between the buildings. The goal is to create a coherent and dynamic business district where owners and tenants invest in more than just indoor office square metres,” says Lisbeth Nørskov, Director at CEBRA Copenhagen.

When completed, the business district will work to tie together the neighbouring areas characterised by both cultural facilities, housing, and offices as well as the vast landscapes of Amager Fælled – like the missing piece in a puzzle that completes the city of Ørestad.

The district plan for Business District Ørestad comprises two defined urban squares – each with its own identity – and will be characterised by a great variety of offers for the residents and tenants. For instance, The Urban Village Pond will be designed as a ‘blue’ square with a major mirror pool, green elements, cafés and restaurants. Simultaneously, The Urban Agora will be defined by vertical sculptural elements – art installations, buildings and tall trees – which will create a unique urban atmosphere that contributes to the area’s identity.

“The value of a tenancy is strongly influenced by the city that surrounds it. Thus, this will be a district that attracts companies, educational institutions and investors because of the overall urban quality; a place where the collective urban spaces will be a meaningful addition to the indoor office square  metres,” says Lisbeth Nørskov.

NYE receives Byplanprisen 2022

The development of NYE north of Aarhus has received this year’s Danish urban development award, Byplanprisen 2022.

Last night, the developer Tækker, Aarhus Municipality and Aarhus Vand received the award at Byplanmødet 2022 for their innovative and visionary collaboration creating one of the most ambitious urban development projects in Denmark.

For the last 15 years, CEBRA has been working for Tækker on translating the visions for NYE into a masterplan for the area – a project that transforms a 150-hectare site north of Aarhus from conventional farmland into a new suburb, where 13,500 people will live. With particular emphasis on nature, social communities and biodiversity, NYE is a project that sets new standards for the future planning of sustainable urban communities.

Byplanprisen is founded by Dansk Byplanlaboratorium and Akademisk Arkitektforening and celebrates urban development projects that can inspire developers and municipalities – both in Denmark and abroad – on how to develop our cities in the future.

Learn more about NYE

Mount Tirana – CEBRA designs new urban landmark in Tirana


With a project inspired by Albania’s distinctive mountains, CEBRA has won the competition to design a new landmark in the capital of Albania, Tirana. Located on a prominent plot in the very heart of the city, the project – Mount Tirana – will be an architectural piece that celebrates the national identity and cultural heritage of Albania.

This weekend, an international jury counting the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, the Mayor of Tirana, four internationally acclaimed architects as well as the client, Nova Construction 2012, appointed CEBRA as winner of the project competition to design a 185-metres multifunctional tower and a new urban landmark in the centre of Tirana. The winning proposal, Mount Tirana, will be the tallest building in the country and a distinctive tower inspired by the beauty of Albania and the mountains that surround the capital.

“Mountains are one of nature’s most impressive features. Everlasting, awe-inspiring and beautiful, they are the original landmarks. By using the mountains of Albania as our main source of inspiration, we tap into the local history, the cultural heritage and the identity of Albania,” says Mikkel Frost, Founding Partner and Architect at CEBRA.

Over the past decades, the city of Tirana has been undergoing a transformation making the capital a regional urban hub and a city of both cultural and economic importance for all the Balkans.

“This symbolic landmark will create an elegant connection between the ever-transforming urban fabric of Tirana and the natural surroundings – an architectural hybrid between a tower and a mountain and an international typology, which is locally anchored,” says Mikkel Frost.

Mount Tirana comprises housing, commercial facilities, a boutique hotel, a business area, offices and parking facilities as well as restaurants and cafés. The further development of Mount Tirana begins immediately.

CEBRA launches CEBRA files 04

Today, CEBRA files 04 is launched – the fourth in a series of CEBRA monographs comprising 400 pages and 35 selected projects reproduced in photos and drawings – among others this edition of CEBRA files features the Al Hosn Masterplan, Skamlingsbanken Visitor Centre, Smart School and Æbeløen.

As the scale and complexity of CEBRA’s projects have grown, so too has the footprint of CEBRA files. This book marks CEBRA’s 20th anniversary and sees our firm expand internationally to Toronto, Monterrey, Abu Dhabi and elsewhere across the globe.

CEBRA files 04 is developed and published in collaboration with the Swedish publishing house @Arvinius+Orfeus.

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Event: Book release of CEBRA files 4

On September 16th, we are launching CEBRA files 4 – the fourth in our series of monographs comprising 400 pages and 35 selected projects. Developed and published in collaboration with Stockholm-based Arvinius + Orfeus , this book also marks CEBRA’s 20th anniversary.

To celebrate the book release, we would love to see clients, collaborators, colleagues, former employees, families and friends for our book release reception:

When: 16th of September from 15.00-18.00
Where: The CEBRA studio, Vesterbro Torv 3, 2nd floor, 8000 Aarhus C

We hope you’ll stop by.

For further information
Laura Sofie Toftdahl, Head of Communications
M: +45 3024 0400 / E:

Reduction Roadmap: How the Danish building industry can reach the Paris Agreement

Today launches the Reduction Roadmap – a new tool for the Danish building industry that works to translate the Planetary Boundary for Climate Change – the planet’s budget for carbon emissions – into industry-specific reduction targets for new Danish housing projects. In addition, the roadmap shows the speed of the needed reduction in order to stay within the 1,5⁰C-scenario in the Paris Agreement.

The Reduction Roadmap targets are based on findings documented in the IPCC AR6 (2021) report and a new scientific whitepaper by the Danish scientist Steffen Petersen from Aarhus University: The Safe operating space for greenhouse gas emissions, 2022 (under peer-review).

Findings from these two reports show that globally we must reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases by 96 % in the next 7-14 years to stay within the Paris Agreement’s 1,5°C scenario for global warming.

The Reduction Roadmap is launched with a call to action to the entire Danish building industry and an invitation to join the Reduction Roadmap partnership.

Reduction Roadmap is developed in a cross-sectoral partnership with CEBRA, EFFEKT and MOE in collaboration with a group of leading Danish scientists, who have helped define the needed reduction. The project is supported by Realdania and Villumfonden as a part of the 4 to 1 Planet initiative.

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Al Hosn Masterplan receives Architizer A+ Awards 2022

Entries from more than 80 countries were in the run for this year’s prestigious Architizer A+ Awards and today the winners were revealed with CEBRA’s Al Hosn Masterplan as the Popular Choice Winner of the ‘Urban and Masterplan’ category.

“We are very proud to receive this award, and we want to thank everyone who voted for our project. We have been honoured to be part of a project of this character and importance – a project that makes cultural heritage present while also celebrating the future. We wanted to create a project that gives something back to the city of Abu Dhabi and its inhabitants – to make people feel, sense and understand what once was while also adding something new to the cultural legacy of the city,” says Founding Partner and Architect, Mikkel Frost.

The Architizer A+ Awards is the 9th award CEBRA receives for the Al Hosn project. The A+ Awards is one of the largest awards programs in the world with a mission to nurture the appreciation of meaningful design and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life. The Popular Choice Winners have been selected by an online public voting.

The Al Hosn Masterplan project is developed in close collaboration with The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) as well as GHD, Elgaard Architecture, Kosmann.Dejong, SLA and MbyLand.

Building for longevity: Durability is a key factor for a more sustainable construction

Solid and stable building materials are an important element in the construction of the new Danish Crown headquarters – a building that is designed to last focusing on durable materials and flexibility in function. The construction of the project reached a milestone Friday the 1st of April which marked the topping-out ceremony.

Using the right building materials is one of the most important tasks when building new, and combining new, innovative materials with solid, well-proven ones can be one approach toward a more sustainable construction.

“If we design for longevity, it decreases the total climate footprint of a building. Therefore, durability has been a key element in the design of the Danish Crown headquarters, where we emphasize the use of solid materials – like bricks. At first, bricks may not be the most sustainable choice – but they will be over time because of their durability. It is a material that can last for decades, that can be reused, and that demand minimal maintenance. In addition, we designed the building so it can be adapted over time to meet the changing needs of its users – which will extend its lifespan as well,” says Mikkel Frost, architect and partner.

In the design of the new Danish Crown headquarters, bricks are a key component used both in the interior and exterior. The bricks used in the project are from the local manufacturer, Randers Tegl, and is a new, innovative product called ‘Greener’, which is produced exclusively with biogas and electricity from wind turbines to reduce its environmental impact. According to a calculation from Randers Tegl choosing these bricks over conventional ones saved the Danish Crown project over 66 tons of carbon emissions. In addition to the use of bricks, the new headquarters will have windows made from reused aluminum – an upcycled material, that can be reused again.

A healthy work environment
The use of bricks can also benefit the indoor climate of a building as the walls absorb excess heat and thereby prevent large temperature differences. The Danish Crown headquarters is one of the first buildings in Denmark to obtain the DGNB heart certification, which states that the building will be healthy and comfortable for employees, with a special focus on thermal comfort, air quality, acoustics, and architectural quality. In addition, the building is pre-certified for DGNB Gold.

The new headquarters is located on a 12-ha site, together with the company’s existing administration building, which is also being reused as part of the overall new headquarter. The design takes cues from historic Danish farm buildings and agricultural village communities to create a work and innovation environment that spans the company’s 130-year history with roots in the cooperative movement to their goal of delivering climate-neutral production by 2050.

Æbeløen wins MIPIM Awards 2022

Projects from more than 42 different countries were nominated for MIPIM Awards 2022 in Cannes and Thursday evening CEBRA received the prestigious award for ‘Best Residential Development’ together with Raundahl & Moesby.

”Æbeløen is designed with empathy for both the people living there and for the surrounding city, where the project is gently integrated with the historic urban context. This is a project built for longevity – in durable and solid materials, which will patinate beautifully just like the rest of the Øgade neighbourhood. In addition, the design of Æbeløen is based on some strong social and environmental values – i.e., with focus on public shared spaces, community-oriented life as well as rainwater management, and biodiversity in the city. We are very proud of both the project and the award,” says Mikkel Frost, architect and founding partner.

Æbeløen was inaugurated in September 2020 and is developed in close collaboration with Raundahl & Moesby, OJ Rådgivende Ingeniører and MBYLAND. In 2021 the project received Aarhus Municipality Architecture Award. Æbeløen is today owned by PATRIZIA AG.

Learn more about Æbeløen

Form follows feelings: How architecture affects human emotions and cognition

Today CEBRA launches the WISE Journal – an extensive mixed-media publication resulting from their R&D program, WISE. The WISE Journal investigates the dynamic relationship between architecture, humans, and human activities in learning and work environments by bringing into conversation different scientific disciplines and some of the world’s foremost thinkers. So, why is the future of architecture based on more than functionality? This publication offers its readers food for thought on how to translate this cross-disciplinary exploration into fulfilling, long-lasting architecture – intentionally stimulating spaces that support productivity, learning, and well-being.

Current technological advancements and the consequent rapid change make our ability to create, collaborate, and contemplate imperative to a fulfilling school and work life. The ways we learn, work and meet are continually evolving. Therefore, it is crucial that our buildings are intentionally designed to be conducive and able to adapt to our ever-evolving needs.

“People are different – they have different personalities, preferences, and intelligences. Their needs are diverse, complex, and ever-changing. Nevertheless, the indoor environments where we spend 90 % of our time, often offer homogenous spaces characterized by a uniformity of materials and scales, and steady temperature, light, and acoustic levels. Moreover, the emotional impact of spaces on individuals has mostly been incidental and unclear,” says Klaudio Muca, R&D Architect at CEBRA. He adds:

“With the WISE Journal we are looking into a more informed way of designing to intentionally stimulate people’s sensory apparatus and to thereby affect their well-being and the capacity to concentrate, communicate, create, and engage in social relationships.”

A curiosity maze
What is the psychological impact of architecture? And how do buildings affect well-being, learning, productivity, and communities? The WISE Journal is curious about the answers to these questions and studies them by looking into a very broad cross-professional field including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, organizational behavior, environmental psychology, creativity, learning, and innovation.

“With WISE we explore the complex and dynamic relationship between architecture and humans. The journal is not a manifesto, but a body of knowledge that you can carry with you when developing future buildings and spaces,” says Klaudio Muca.

The WISE Journal comprises written and video interviews with some of the world’s foremost thinkers from companies such as The LEGO Group, Spotify, and Pinterest, as well as institutions like the University of Toronto, Politecnico di Milano, Design for Change, the Danish Technical University, etc. Moreover, the publication features more than 65 essays and several case studies that search and showcase how stimulating architecture can support well-being, learning, and productivity.

WISE is a compilation of the words ‘Work, Innovation, Space and Education, and the R&D program originates from CEBRA’s more than 20 years of experience designing innovative workspaces and educational environments. The WISE Journal has been conducted by CEBRA’s founding partner and architect, Carsten Primdahl, and R&D architect, Klaudio Muca.

You can get the publication on Apple Books and on   

CEBRA appoints Director of Copenhagen office

From March 1st Lisbeth Nørskov Poulsen is joining CEBRA as Director of our Copenhagen office.

“Adding Lisbeth to our team is a natural and important strategic step. It is a central part of our strategy to get closer to our clients, collaborators, and projects in Copenhagen. Lisbeth brings a strong network, years of experience, and valuable knowledge about processes and priorities among developers, investors, and public collaborators. Furthermore, she is an architect by training and she fundamentally understands our key purpose to design significant and stimulating spaces that encourage positive change for users, clients, and society,” says Kolja Nielsen, CEO and Founding Partner.

Besides the day-to-day management of the CEBRA Copenhagen office in Kødbyen, which was inaugurated in 2021, Lisbeth will play an important role in the development and direction of CEBRA projects in the Copenhagen metropolitan area.

“CEBRA has a strong professional culture, and the company is based on some empathic core values and strong artistic ambitions, which I am looking forward to expanding in the capital area. I look forward to putting my experience and competencies into play in the new role. CEBRA is currently working on some very visionary projects within education, work, and urban development and they have some inspirational references within transformation and culture, which I think can inspire many similar projects – both in Denmark and abroad,” says Lisbeth Nørskov Poulsen.

Lisbeth comes from a position as Head of Development in Freja Ejendomme. She has a master’s degree in architecture from the Danish Royal Academy in Copenhagen. Lisbeth joins CEBRA on the 1st of March 2022 and from 15th -18th March she is representing CEBRA at MIPIM 2022 in Cannes together with Head of Business Development, Lars Gylling.

Photo: Laura Stamer

Æbeløen among MIPIM Awards 2022 finalists

The CEBRA project Æbeløen in Aarhus is among the four finalists at this years’ MIPIM Awards in the category Best Residential Development.

MIPIM Awards is an internationally renowned real estate competition that honours outstanding architectural projects from around the world. The prize is awarded at the MIPIM Awards Ceremony on the 17th of March 2022 at Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

Æbeløen’s 146 residences – comprising townhouses and apartment buildings – inhabit the last vacant plot in Aarhus’ historic Øgade neighbourhood adjacent to the city’s botanical garden. Designed around a cobblestoned shared street and green courtyards, the design emerges from an architectural “sampling” of the urban context creating a significant interpretation of the surrounding architecture.

Æbeløen is developed in collaboration with Raundahl & Moesby (developer), Oluf Jørgensen (engineer), and Mbyland (landscape architect). The project is today owned by PATRIZIA AG.

From lumberyard to sustainable neighbourhood – how we can reuse the past to build the future

Recycling of building materials, low resource consumption, a DGNB Platin pre-certification and a visible urban drainage system for rainwater management. The sustainable ambitions for the new neighbourhood, Trælasten, in Aarhus are unmistakable and currently, the nascent designs of the specific buildings and urban spaces are deciding how selected building materials from the former lumberyards will be reused on-site in the new urban district.

Over the coming years, a brand-new sustainable neighbourhood, Trælasten, will rise in Aarhus on a prominent location close to the city centre. Trælasten is an urban transformation project that develops a 36,000 sqm industrial and commercial site into a mixed-use neighbourhood. On the site’s most prominent plot CEBRA develops an entire block comprising an office building, townhouses and both private and public apartment buildings. Furthermore, CEBRA designs the urban landscape for the entire neighbourhood.

Recycling is a central theme in the development of Trælasten, and both the landscape and buildings of the new neighbourhood will include features, where building materials from the site’s former lumberyard warehouses are reused – i.e., CEBRA reuses former brick facades as floors in the office building and the roof structures of CEBRA’s housing project are designed, so rafters from the former warehouses can be reused in the new buildings. Also, CEBRA is currently working on designing street furniture for the landscape project where building materials may be reused.

“When a building comes down, the natural question should always be if some of the leftover building materials can be reused in new buildings or urban spaces. But recycling of building materials can be very difficult, because our standards for materials generally are very high – which they should be! Often, we don’t know the specific components of a material because of missing data, and it can be hard to tell how materials have been treated with i.e., chemicals. To identify, map and analyse all materials is very time-consuming and sometimes impossible,” says partner Mikkel Frost.

A systematic approach
The recycling process at Trælasten started long before the actual demolition concurrent with the local planning process. The first step was to screen and define the materials from the site’s existing buildings to decide which materials that were suitable for reuse thus creating a ‘material bank’. Afterwards, a catalogue with inspiration for reuse was developed for the different architectural advisors, who are now implementing the selected materials into concrete building and landscape designs.

“The way we are working with recycling at Trælasten – in cooperation with PensionDanmark, CASA and the other advisors – could inspire similar urban development projects. Besides obvious sustainable advantages, the reuse of materials offers a tactility that is hard to create from new materials alone. It adds roughness and layers of history to the project,” says Mikkel Frost.

Trælasten is developed in collaboration with PensionDanmark, CASA and Moe. Other architecture firms working in the district are Gehl, BRIQ, LOOP, and Vandkunsten.

Learn more about Trælasten.
Aerial photo: CASA

CEBRA inaugurates new Copenhagen office

From December 2021 CEBRA is represented in the capital area with a new office at Flæsketorvet in central Copenhagen.

“The Copenhagen office will bring us even closer to our clients, collaborators, and projects in Copenhagen. We have considered opening an office for years, as our commissions in the region have increased, and now we have taken the step,” says Kolja Nielsen, CEO and Founding Partner.

CEBRA is currently working on several exciting projects in Copenhagen – among other things the student housing part of Tunnelfabrikken, a new hub for culture opening in Nordhavn, and the mixed-use project Torveporten in Valby. Earlier, CEBRA has designed the layout for the comprehensive extension and refurbishment of the science centre and museum Experimentarium in Hellerup.

Find the Copenhagen office at:
CEBRA Copenhagen
Flæsketorvet 75, 3rd floor
1711 Copenhagen V

Al Hosn Masterplan wins WAF Award 2021

The Al Hosn Masterplan project in Abu Dhabi wins WAF Awards 2021 in the category “Landscape – Urban Context”.

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is an annual festival and award ceremony dedicated to architecture and the international development industry. Each year the festival awards and celebrates architectural excellence from across the globe, and this year the Al Hosn Masterplan in Abu Dhabi was honoured the award for best landscape project in an urban context.

“The WAF Award 2021 is the 8th award we receive for this project, and we are overwhelmed and honoured by the great interest and adulation. The Al Hosn is unique, and we are really proud to have created a project which today is an asset for the entire city of Abu Dhabi,” says Mikkel Frost, Founding Partner and Architect.

The Al Hosn project is developed in close collaboration with The Department of Culture and Tourism DCT Abu Dhabi.

The landscape project at the Al Hosn site reconnects Abu Dhabi’s significant heritage site surrounding the Qasr Al Hosn fort with the modern metropolis and its inhabitants by introducing a distinctive locally rooted urban landscape that bridges between Emirati heritage, nature and modern city life. The landscape design implements a set of sustainable initiatives that adapt to the site, the local climate and the culture. Seamlessly integrated into the overall design language they serve both as sustainable urban planning tools and as cultural anchors, thereby developing and revitalizing the area’s inherent qualities.

Learn more about the Al Hosn masterplan and landscape project. The project is developed in close collaboration with GHD (engineers), Elgaard Architecture (conservation architects), SLA (plant specialist) and Theater Advices (theatre specialists).

Al Hosn Masterplan wins WAN Gold Award 2021

The comprehensive masterplan for the Al Hosn site in Abu Dhabi, developed by CEBRA and the Department of Culture and Tourism DCT Abu Dhabi, has been awarded this year’s WAN Gold Award in the category “Mixed Use”.

In 2016 CEBRA was commissioned to reinstate the Qasr al Hosn Fort – the city’s oldest building – as Abu Dhabi’s cultural heart. The fort is located on a 400 x 400 metre site, which also comprises the city’s Cultural Foundation. Today the site is transformed into a vivid public park, which enhances the two historic buildings as important landmarks in the city. Simultaneously, the project adds several new functions to the Al Hosn site making it an asset to the entire city of Abu Dhabi – restaurants, facilities for cultural activities, a breathtaking Musallah prayer hall, and an impressive open landscape with water elements and shady pocket spaces for breaks in the Middle Eastern sun.

“We are extremely proud to receive this award. We have been honored to be architects on a project of this character and importance. We wanted to create a project, that gives something back to the city of Abu Dhabi and simultaneously make people feel, sense and understand what once was by enhancing the two historic buildings – it makes cultural heritage present while also celebrating the future,” says Founding Partner and Architect, Mikkel Frost.

A contemporary interpretation of the coastal desert landscapes
Today, the Qasr Al Hosn Fort and The Cultural Foundation Building are connected through a landscape project diagonally dividing the public park into two contrasting landscapes: A soft, open desert landscape surrounding the Qasr Al Hosn – which recreates its original setting on a coastal desert landscape – and a paved, more mand-made area with intensified planting around the Cultural Foundation Building. Together, the landscape creates an architectural interpretation of Abu Dhabi Island’s coastal desert landscape of sandbars, mangroves and the salt flats’ distinctive mud crack patterns. All new buildings and facilities, which have been added to the site as a part of the project, are disguised as landscape elements to maintain the illusion of a landscape, which only contains the two historic buildings.

The project is developed in close collaboration with GHD (engineers), Elgaard Architecture (conservation architects), SLA (plant specialist) and Theater Advices (theatre specialists).

The Al Hosn project has received the following awards:
WAF 2019 – Religious Building – Al Musalla
Architizer Awards – Architecture + Ceilings – Al Musalla
Identity Design award 2020 – Cultural Building – Al Musallah
Identity Design award 2020 – Urban Landscape
AIA middle East 2020 – Urban Landsacpe
AIA middle East 2020 – Culture

Learn more:
Al Hosn Masterplan
Al Hosn Landscape
Al Musallah
The Children’s Library
The Cultural Foundation

For further information
Laura Sofie Toftdahl, Head of Communications
M: +45 30240400 / E:

Nye: How urban development can increase biodiversity

Is it possible to develop an entire new suburb, while still protecting and developing the areas’ biodiversity? Nye north of Aarhus is the case, that proves that it’s possible. Due to a focused work with rainwater management and registration of the areas’ local species, Nye is once again home for plants and animals, which have been gone for decades.

Nye is an entirely new suburb north of Aarhus covering 150ha and which – when completed – will house 13.500 inhabitants. Also, Nye is a project with a remarkably ambitious approach to sustainability focusing on i.e., rainwater management and biodiversity.

“When the first thoughts about Nye was formed, the site was laid out as conventional farm land. But due to a focused strategy for biodiversity – working with blue and green landscape rooms – we managed to transform the area into a natural home for more species, than before Nye was developed,” says Mikkel Schlesinger, architect and partner at CEBRA.

A greater variety of plants and flowers

As a part of the design of Nye’s green areas, a specific mix of seeds, with local herbs and flowers, was developed in cooperation with a biologist. The mix contained 27 different species. Today 146 different plants are registered in Nye.

“With the mix of seeds, we wanted to kick-start nature’s development in the area. Thus, some species have been planted here, while others have occurred naturally over time, because we made the conditions for nature to develop within the suburb,” explains Mikkel Schlesinger.

CEBRA and Tækker have designed the master plan for Nye, which forms the foundation for the development of the entire site. The master plan is based on a holistic approach to sustainable urban planning, which combines the best aspects from the dense city centres and the open green suburbs respectively.

The return of red listed species
Several red listed animals have also been searching back to Nye, since the development of the suburb began. An overall strategy for rainwater management – where water holes and ditches have both functional and recreational value – has created natural habitats for several animals. Thus, Nye is once again home to i.e., northern crested newt, which has not been present in the area for several years.

The mapping and analyses of Nye’s biodiversity is made in cooperation with COWI. The landscape architecture is designed in cooperation with Labland architects. Nye is developed in several stages with stage 1 completed and stage 2 under development.

Learn more about Nye.

New Head of Communications at CEBRA

 From November 1st Laura Sofie Toftdahl will join the CEBRA team as new Head of Communications.

“By adding Laura to our team, we will be able to share more of our research, projects and visions. We have investigated a lot in both development of new initiatives within research and technology and within sustainable architecture – the next natural step will be to share more of our knowledge with the rest of the world,” says Mikkel Frost, Founding Partner.

During 2021 CEBRA also experienced a rapid development within new projects and markets. In 2021 CEBRA opened a new studio at Flæsketorvet in Copenhagen, and currently the firm is working on big projects like NYE in Aarhus, the new Danish Crown Headquarters in Randers and Trælasten in Aarhus.

“We have so many great stories and projects, that we found it hard to find the time to communicate all of them. That is why, Laura is now a part of our team,” says Mikkel Frost.

Laura has a degree in strategic communications from the Danish School of Media and Journalism and comes from a position as a Communications Consultant in Sweco Denmark. At CEBRA Laura will be responsible for the maintenance and development of the CEBRA brand and for all internal and external communication.

Get in touch with Laura at or +45 30240400.