TRANSFORM are an architecture firm based in Aarhus. They have made a name for themselves both in Denmark and abroad with projects that focus professionally on urban plans and urban buildings. The firm was founded by Lars Bendrup, Tom Nielsen and Peter Hemmersam in the late 90s in the fertile professional environment that surrounded the School of Architecture in Aarhus. Since 2005, the architect Lars Bendrup has been the owner and director of TRANSFORM.
Lars Bendrup, the owner of TRANSFORM, says: “Our practice evolved out of the School of Architecture in Aarhus and over the years we have retained a very strong relationship with the School – as teachers, critics and colleagues. We have also enjoyed a strong, highly productive relationship with other, more recent Scandinavian practices. Over the last 10 years, our collaborations have been extremely energetic and dynamic. Our generation of Danish architects has had a very collaborative approach to the profession. We want to learn, cooperate and let other people comment on our work.”
In 2008 TRANSFORM came first in the competition to convert the headquarters of the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) on City Hall Square in the heart of Copenhagen. TRANSFORM embarked on DI’s 50,000-m2 project in 2010 and completed work in 2013. In addition to the LIBRARY – finished in May 2011 – you can also visit Hasle Bakker near Aarhus. ‘Vejle Club Island’, a new clubhouse for Vejle’s maritime clubs, was inaugurated in 2014, while the Maritime Museum at Porsgrunn in Norway has now been completed. January 2016 saw the opening of KUNSTEN in Aalborg.
TRANSFORM have won a host of national and international prizes for their work and on 4 occasions have contributed material to the Venice Biennale. In 2006 their work was awarded the Golden Lion. Every one of TRANSFORM’s projects that have been realised have won prizes. The LIBRARY in Copenhagen was awarded both an MIPIM prize and 2 prizes from the City of Copenhagen.
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