The story behind HOPE
The idea for House of Peace came at a dinner party. Four friends, Alexander Kølpin, Kasper Winding, Michael Eide and Morten Langebæk, wanted to join forces in a quest with a goal and vision that was bigger than them. They dreamed of peace and of creating a place for peace.
The private institution House of Peace (HOPE) was founded in 2003, since then, HOPE has been working on the creation of a monumental building, a symbol of peace, located in Copenhagen’s harbour. The realisation of House of Peace will be the fruit of a small seed planted in 2003. At HOPE, we dream that this small seed will spread ideas and reflections among all the people who will visit House of Peace.
"Give peace a chance."
All around the world, work is being done to bring peace: The United Nations, international peace organisations, community-based initiative groups and individuals are all working in the name of peace. These initiatives are indispensable, and their results impressive.
HOPE wants to add to their work through an unconventional and eye-catching initiative that uses art and architecture as its driving force. Artistic masterpieces do not die. On the contrary, they grow stronger over time. Our vision is to construct a building in Copenhagen’s harbour which will serve both as an active peace symbol as well as a space for personal reflection. A house of peace, whose artistic and architectural excellence will create enduring respect and attention worldwide. A symbol that will constantly remind people of the important role that each of us has to play in promoting peace. An architectural masterpiece that will serve as a neutral and unbiased background for the individual's wish for peace.
Hope is a dream, a dream about something bigger than us. It is a dream of a peace symbol reminding us that we all can play a role in the ongoing work for peace.