This one’s especially for all the architecture nerds out there…

I’ve finally compiled the photos of all the interesting luminaires I saw while in Scandinavia, here are my favorites:








Even the IceBar had a luminaire, completely made of ice:



Western Denmark

I just got back from the last study tour of the summer to Western Denmark. It was quick, but we saw a lot!

We started in Faaborg, in southern Denmark, at the Faaborg Museum:

Faaborg Museum – Carl Petersen

Next, we stopped in Middelfart to see the new bank, designed by 3XN. The ceiling uses prisms to allow optimal daylight into each level of the building.

Middelfart Sparkasse – 3XN

Middelfart Sparkasse – 3XN

Next, we went north to Aarhus, which is the second biggest city in Denmark.

Aarhus Krematorium Kapel – Henning Larsen

Aarhus Krematorium Kapel – Henning Larsen

We went to ARoS in Aarhus as well, currently, they have exhibitions by Olafur Eliasson, who is famous for his art pieces which focus on light and color.

Beauty – Olafur Eliasson

Beauty uses a small mist of water and a light to create a rainbow.

Your Atmospheric Colour Atlas – Olafur Eliasson

In this piece, Eliasson fills a room with a mist that prevents the viewer from seeing more than a foot or two. He uses red, green and blue lights to color the mist, and these three colors then blend so all the colors of the rainbow are visible.

Your Rainbow Panorama – Olafur Eliasson

This is an installation on the roof of the museum, where users can walk through a circular passageway and experience the city in a variety of colors.

Your Rainbow Panorama – Olafur Eliasson

Your Rainbow Panorama – Olafur Eliasson

Koldinghus – Inger & Johannes Exner

Koldinghus is a 13th century castle that had fallen into disrepair until the 1970’s when it was restored. However, the architects did not hide the work they were doing, the repairs are very elegant and do a great job of not detracting from the original form of the castle, while adding the necessary repairs. This is probably the most effective preservation of an old building I have ever seen.

Koldinghus – Inger & Johannes Exner

Koldinghus – Inger & Johannes Exner

Trapholt Museum – Bente Aude & Boje Lundgaard

The final stop of the trip was an ancient Viking fortress. The buildings are obviously gone, but their foundations and barriers remain. Sheep live there now.




That’s all for Western Denmark, thanks for reading!




We took a cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo last weekend. Because of the attacks, the trip was a bit different than we had intended, but Oslo is a beautiful city and we were still able to see a lot while there.

The first stop was the Opera House, which is built to look like an iceberg:

Operahuset – Snøhetta

Operahuset – Snøhetta

Operahuset – Snøhetta

Parliament Building

Royal Palace

Oslo City Hall – Arnstein Arneberg & Magnus Poulsson 

Viking Ship


As the aftermath of the tragedy continues, please keep the people of Norway in your thoughts and prayers.


This is going to be a long one, just a heads up…

I visited Ørestad, which is a new development in Copenhagen, earlier this week. Ørestad has buildings by many up and coming architects, as well as some “BIG” names (sorry, I had to…) I had a hard time narrowing down the pictures, so there are lots, here they are:

Mountain Dwellings – Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Mountain Dwellings is a new housing project that was finished in 2008. It was built so that all of the apartments are penthouses, with their own patios, and underneath the living space is parking.

Mountain Dwellings – Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Mountain Dwellings – Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

If you want to know more about this project, Bjarke Ingels gave a TED Talk about it, which is really interesting:

Start it at 10:50 to hear about Mountain Dwellings, but the whole thing is pretty good.

VM Housing – PLOT (BIG + JDS)

VM Housing – PLOT (BIG + JDS)

Ørestad Gymnasium – 3XN

To the left, Ørestad School is under construction.

8House – Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

8House – Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

8House – Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

8House – Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

8House – Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

8House – Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Plug N Play – Kragh & Berglund

Plug N Play – Kragh & Berglund

Signalhuset – NOBEL Arkitekter

Brohuset – 3XN

I’m leaving for Norway tomorrow, I’ll post more pictures when I get back!



After Sweden, we went to Finland for the rest of the week, we sailed from Stockholm to Turku, then went to Jyvaskyla and ended in Helsinki.


Alvar Aalto Residence

Alvar Aalto Studio

Muuratsalo – Alvar Aalto

Paimio Sanatorium – Alvar Aalto

Saynatsalo Town Hall – Alvar Aalto

Jyvaskyla University Auditorium – Alvar Aalto

Chapel of the Holy Cross – Pekka Pitkänen

Kiasma – Steven Holl

Kuokkalan Church – Lassila Hirvilammi Architects

Myyrmaki Church – Juha Leiviskä

Rock Church – Timo & Tuomo Suomalainen

Sunset on the cruise back from Finland to Sweden



I just got back from a week long visit to Sweden and Finland, here are the highlights:

Gamla Stan – The old part of Stockholm

Hammarby Sjöstad – A sustainable community just outside of Stockholm with strict environmental requirements

Sergels Torg & Kulturhuset – Stockholm’s equivalent of Times Square

Vertical Gardens in Kulturhuset

St. Petri Church by Sigurd Lewerentz

Stadsbiblioteket – Gunnar Asplund

Woodland Cemetery – Gunnar Asplund & Sigurd Lewerentz

Woodland Cemetery – Gunnar Asplund & Sigurd Lewerentz





Copenhagen North

Yesterday we went on a field study (which is the “grown-up” term for a field trip) to North Copenhagen. I took almost 500 pictures, I won’t subject you to all of them, but here are a few:

Bagsværd Church – Jørn Utzon

The ceiling is Utzon’s interpretation of clouds rolling in from the harbor over the city, and the way it brings light into the sanctuary is beautiful.

Paustian Furniture Showroom – Jørn Utzon

Trudeslund Co-Housing – Vandkunsten

Trudeslund Co-Housing – Vandkunsten

This housing project has 33 homes that form an L-shaped neighborhood. The families share the responsibilities of the community and help to cook the dinner that is offered every night. We met an American woman who moved to Denmark when she was 8 and now lives in this community and loves it.

The next pictures are from the Louisiana Museum:

An interactive wall of light that fades as the user stops moving.

A model of BIG’s new housing project in New York.

So many models!

There was a room with mirrors covering the walls and the ceilings and a small platform surrounded by water for the floor. The lights were little balls hung at varying levels that changed colors. This was the coolest room I’ve ever been in.

…So I decided to play with the exposure time

That’s it for now, I’m off to Sweden and Finland for a week starting Saturday, I’m sure I’ll have lots to post when I get back.


First Week

Things have been a whirlwind since I got to Copenhagen, so I haven’t had a chance to post yet. However, I made it! (Though I can’t say the same for the woman sitting next to me on the flight, who was arrested mid-flight…) The first week has been full of classes, exploring the city, fighting jet lag and learning to say my street name, spelled Tåsingegade, rhymes with nightingale. The first day here, we went on a boat tour of the harbor, which is lined with many incredible new buildings. Here are a few:

Royal Danish Playhouse – Lundgaard & Tranberg

Fun fact: The reason the deck is so high above the water level is in anticipation of rising water levels as a result of global warming.

Torpedo Boat Hall – Tegnestuen Vandkunsten

As the name suggests, this is a restored torpedo hall turned into apartments.

Don’t know the name/architect here, but these were warehouses, turned into modern offices.

Copenhagen Opera House – Henning Larsen

Nordea – Henning Larsen

Royal Danish Library (“The Black Diamond”) – Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Copenhagen Harbor Bath – PLOT (BIG + JDS)

SEB Headquarters – Lundgaard & Tranberg

While the photos make it looks like the weather here has been sunny and beautiful, yesterday there was some pretty bad flooding, it rained 6 inches yesterday alone! This video shows what it looked like yesterday:

I think that’s all for today, I promise I’ll update more frequently now that I’m settled in!



I’m studying architecture in Copenhagen this summer, so I’m going to use this blog to tell my stories. Those of you who know me know that words aren’t really my thing, so this will probably be mostly pictures, but I’ll do my best!