Interview: ADEPT | ITSLIQUID

Interview: ADEPT

Art, Interviews | July 2, 2014 |

ADEPTADEPT, Dalarna Media Library. Image courtesy of Kåre Viemose

Interview: ADEPT

Luca Curci‘s interview with ADEPT studio: one of the featured architect firms presented during MORPHOS.

ADEPT is based in Copenhagen and Guangzhou and works within the fields of architecture, urban planning and landscape design. Anders Lonka, Martin Laursen and Martin Krogh that are still in charge of ADEPTs creative work founded the office in 2006. In 2011 the three partners and Aidi Su developed a strategy that led to the opening of ADEPT in China. Through a specific focus on the human scale in cities and buildings, ADEPT creates projects that with recent years have won numerous national and international competitions.

Luca Curci – Your work has just been exhibited during MORPHOS – Sustainable Empires in Venice: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?

ADEPT – Great experience, really professional and helpful.

ADEPTADEPT, Dalarna Media Library. Image courtesy of Kåre Viemose

L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

ADEPT – Dalarna Media Library reflects ADEPT’s fundamental design approach that imagines new frontiers of architecture and explores the synergy between the built and the non-built environment – between the building and the city surrounding it. In an organic movement, spiraling bookshelves stretches from the arena floor to the large skylights in the roof. The bookshelves acts as the load carrying walls of the building, while at the same time they feature all books, search for information, and access to multi-media functions throughout the library. The characteristic facade is a result of a successful collaboration between ADEPT and Danish artist Jeppe Hein. The whole building is thus an involving work of art, reflecting sky, nature and the people surrounding it. The artwork gives the building an ephemeral and immaterial expression constantly changing, while mirroring activities in its vicinity. Modern information culture is steadily changing the classical layout and functions of the library as a physical place designed for storing and lending books. The new library building at the Dalarna University is a built manifesto on new ways of teaching, learning and gathering information, designed for the future as the physical framework of a digital reality.

ADEPTADEPT, Dalarna Media Library. Image courtesy of Kåre Viemose

L. C. – What are your current projects?

ADEPT – In the next few years several of ADEPTs other projects will be completed. Among these Ku.Be, a 4.000 m2 culture and movement house in Frederiksberg, DK; a  800 m2 center for cancer patients for the Danish Cancer Association and more than 6.000 new m2 and 22.000 transformed m2 for University College Northern Jutland, DK. In addition to this a 7.500 m2 building that combines sports and education in Odense, DK and finally two large housing projects in Aarhus, together forms a total of 30.000 m2.

L. C. – Can you describe your purpose?

ADEPT – Our professional approach is about creating a close relationship between architecture and urbanism. To rethink the relationship between the city and the building – between the built and non-built environment. It is an engagement with city spaces and the limits of the public realm that creates value and generates new forms of space in ADEPT’s work.

ADEPTADEPT, Dalarna Media Library. Image courtesy of Wilhelm Rejnus & Linus Flodin

L. C. – What does architecture mean to you?

ADEPT – Diversity, building and city. Everything.

L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization and It’s Liquid group can represent an opportunity for architects?

ADEPT – If they have an artistic approach to architecture, yes.

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