House in Genolier, Switzerland
12th April, 2013
AG5 together with Swiss based architect Per Nielsen has been commissioned to design a new residential building in Genolier, Switzerland. The site is located a half hours drive from central Geneva and offers a south east sloping terrain with views over Lake Geneva. The project brief calls for a double house that gives the impression of a single family dwelling. It will adhere to strict local building codes and design regulations, whilst integrating Danish design aesthetics, with emphasis on space, light, and materials. The building is to be constructed from a combination of in-situ concrete and massive timber elements.
AG5 in Indonesia
7th April, 2013
In the latest edition of Export Focus – the Foreign Ministry’s Trade Council Magazine - Marc Wilson is interviewed about AG5’s Green Building projects in Indonesia. The Trade Minister Pia Olsen Dyhr was recently on-site as part of a Danish business delegation exploring possibilities in Indonesia. In September last year ground breaking of the first high-rise occurred. The project named Gran Rubina comprises a total of 150,000m2 of offices, retail and housing space. Both during construction and in operation the focus is on minimising energy usage and maximising the use of public spaces. The project is designed in collaboration with the local partner PDW and is supported by Danida’s Business to business programme.
New Look – CPH Job Centres
4th April, 2013
The first of a series of new look Job Centres have opened in central Copenhagen. AG5, JL Engineering and Punktum Design won the competition last year to redesign Copenhagen’s job centres with focus on integration of digital media. The physical space has a major influence on how people interact with each other and how well they function both individually and collectively. Therefore the design focused on three main aspects: clarity of space and signage, quality materials such as solid recycled timber to reflect trust and solidity, and acoustics to provide privacy and a calming environment. Jakon A/S has been responsible for producing the series of modular elements that comprise 90% of a fit-out thus reducing construction on site as the centres are fully operational during the retrofit. The wooden surfaces of the elements are oiled and waxed so as all our 5 senses are bought into play: hearing, sight, sound, smell and touch.
24th March, 2013
AG5, Lars Ørtoft engineering and Wissenberg A/S have been engaged by Aberdeen Asset Managers to provide architectural and engineering services for a major refurbishment of Rundforbivej 303 for Willis Denmark. The 6,100 m2 project involves bringing the building up to date in terms of energy usage, façade renewal including day-light optimization and workplace design. AG5 is main consultant and the building works are expected to be completed by October 2013.
AG5 Tower Tool 1.0
19th February, 2013
AG5 is working in collaboration with Rambøll London and architect Daniel Nielsen on the development of an architectural design tool for high rise towers. The goal of the tool is two -fold, firstly to parametrically adapt a design concept to programmatic conditions, i.e. required area, floor heights, site conditions, setbacks, etc. Secondly to evaluate and document the value of a proposed design based on a series of parameters; Net to gross floor area, Structural cost to performance, Heat loss performance, Façade simplicity, and Floor area similarity. The tool is currently under development in Beta form, and will use AG5+PDW’s iconic tower project in Jakarta as a case study.
23rd January, 2013
AG5 is architect and lead consultant for the construction of a new school building in Copenhagen. The project includes programming, sketching, design, procurement, construction management and safety coordination.The program calls for a new building (approx. 250 m2) with a maximum height of 2 stories housing special needs classes, kindergarten, and after school functions. The building will be constructed as a separate building on the east side of the main building facing Bellman street, and thus the new building will help define a new entrance to the school complex.Planning and design documentation is currently in progress. The building will adhere to the strict Danish energy requirements of 2015, and will open for use in 2013.
Swiss Embassy, Seoul
10th December, 2012
Our project for a new Swiss Embassy and residence in Seoul developed with Buro Happold was chosen as one of the finalists in an open international competition attracting 73 entries. The proposals are currently being exhibited in Berne. AG5 proposed 2 L-formed buildings creating a series of formal courtyard spaces whilst simultaneously screening a private garden for the residence. Two lightweight timber pavilions sit upon heavy bases referring to traditional Korean construction techniques.
Knowledge Based Design
25th November, 2012
AG5 and PDW have launched our book; Knowledge Based Design which describes how we work with social, economic and environmental sustainability, by using Global Compact principles, DGNB certification system, and Green BIM as our tools for collecting and evaluating information in the design process. The book is inspired by the successful collaboration between AG5 and PDW and our innovative design methodology developed for our shared Gran Rubina high rise project in Jakarta. A limited number of copies of the book are available free of charge by contacting us at email@example.com
4th November, 2012
Marc Wilson from AG5 will be holding a lecture at the Nordic Conference in Tampere’s Concert and Congress centre in Finland on the 8th November. The conference’s focus is the on the future development of city of Tampere where the subjects include traffic planning, low energy design, and housing. The lecture will focus on how, through the use of digital simulation tools, new denser building types can create the framework for successful public spaces – the essence of living cities.