It was not, until the 1960s that Danish architects entered the world scene with their highly successful Functionalism. This, in turn, has evolved into more recent world-class masterpieces such as the Sydney Opera House and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art paving the way for a number of Danish architects and designers to be rewarded for excellence both at home and abroad.
Since the turn of the millennium, Danish architecture has flourished both at home and abroad. Especially areas of Copenhagen have provided substantial opportunities for architectural developments on the domestic front while a number of architects have gained international recognition, winning important commissions abroad. For some of them, overseas assignments have become as important as those in Denmark itself.
Recent years have also seen the emergence of several new architectural firms operating both in Denmark and internationally.
Danish architecture combines pragmatic modernism with sustainability adressing major social and environmental issues into a kind of welfare architecture. By addressing welfare design on a bigger scale, the young danish architects opened a new market for architecture and for architects as agents of change.
Danish architecture is innovative and carried forward by new technology, new aesthetics and new processes. Modern danish architecture is seeking a new user-oriented and more sustainable approach. At the same time, the architecture rests on solid tradition and experience.
Christian Hanak, Curator