Odense DK

Type Competition 2012, 1st prize
Team Cornelius + Vöge Architects
Role Consultant landscape design
Client North Atlantic House, Kirsten Mærsk
Constructor Hans Jørgensen og Søn
Project start 2012
Size 3.900 m2, landscape 900 m2
Status Completed November 2013


The vision of the North Atlantic House in Odense was to create a cultural centre at Odense Harbour. A building reflecting the identity and community of the north atlantic countries. As the first building on Byens Ø, it will be a generator for the future city development.


The building is made up from a collection of volumes with different functions, inspired by the traditional nordic ‘bygd’ – settlement. The same goes with the building materials and the placing of the buildings in the landscape. The building is percived as a small bygd with few expressive houses on a landscape plateau. The square in front of the buildings is part of this landscape plateau and contains a few select element chosen for their longevity and beauty.

An elevated wood and concrete terrace with built in furniture leads to the southern entrance. From the terrace a few steps lead to a concrete surface meeting a band of cobblestone. 

Between the terrace and the cobblestone stretch is an area with gravel and pine trees. The wooden deck creates a area for stay, and the materials of the space is a reference to the Nordic landscape with pine forests and mountains.