A Cloud of Peace
An inner peaceful journey
House of Peace brings The Cloud to Copenhagen’s harbour. The Cloud is the winning proposal by Japanese architect Junya Ishigami and Svendborg Architects that will work as a beacon for the city of Copenhagen, promoting the message that world peace begins with peace of mind.
Mingling water and light, The Cloud will give visitors an opportunity to surrender their senses and liberate their mind. Visiting The Cloud will create an opportunity to achieve inner peace and perhaps reflect on peace in general.
Visitors will be able to float around the structure in small boats, as if on a lake or in the middle of the ocean. They will also be able to stroll along the edge of The Cloud or sit on a bench and contemplate the sea.
Cloud as roof, ocean as floor
House of Peace provides a journey of the senses. House of Peace takes you back to the purity of being, ready to embrace the world.
House of Peace is a symbol of peaceful coexistence. It is positioned as a striking landmark, and at the same time, it harmoniously adapts itself to the site’s proportions, future buildings, the harbour and the water.
"Our proposal for House of Peace provides a journey of the senses. We aim to create an environment where people can open up to the idea of thinking about peace. Our House of Peace takes you back to the purity of being, ready to embrace the world."
Visitors will be able to see House of Peace appearing as a cloud floating between the sea and the skyline. With its unique appearance from every angle, House of Peace will be present in its own right as an element in the water and at the same time appear as an integrated landmark for Nordhavn (North Harbour) with a strong iconic quality. A sculpture which adds artistic value to the entire city of Copenhagen.
The building's organic shape and strong simplicity stand out compared to the orthogonal and rigid character of the harbour. House of Peace captivates the sight by floating on the water like a cloud in the sky as a monument of peace.
The cloud-shaped structure will serve as both roof and walls. The water level will serve as the floor. These two important elements make an interior space appear. The space is thus always filled with new influences and will never be experienced the same way twice.
From the platform in the main room, visitors can board circular boats and enter the silence of the water level. The boats are able to drift across the entire room and seem to float effortlessly like lilies on the water.
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"Architecture is a social act and the material theater of human activity."
The team behind the winning proposal
Svendborg Architects has teamed up with Japanese architect Junya Ishigami for the winning proposal, The Cloud.
Junya Ishigami is the founder and CEO of junya.ishigami+associates in Japan. He was born in Kanagawa, Japan and graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with an MFA in architecture in 2000. In the same year, he joined the office of Kazuyo Sejima & Associates. He founded junya.ishigami+associates in 2004, and in 2010 he became an associate professor at Tohoku University.
His practice has won several awards, including the AR Award for Emerging Architecture (2008), The Bauwelt Prize 2009 for KAIT Workshop, and the Golden Lion for Best Project of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale for his “Architecture as Air: Study for Chateau la Coste” (2010).
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Johnny Svendborg Andersen has 19 years of experience. In 2007 he established Svendborg Architects ApS.
Johnny Svendborg is an architect from the Danish School of Architecture and has worked as a sketching architect at CF. Møller Architects in Berlin. For ten years he worked as sketching, designer and chief architect at Henning Larsen Architects prior to being artistic director of 3XN Copenhagen department for a year. Johnny Svendborg has won awards in numerous architectural competitions and guided architectural teams of up to 30 people.
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"We are pleased that our proposal won the competition, and that the jury has recognised the artistic and architectural ambitions we have put into the project.