Bølgen – When Architecture Makes a Splash
In the last decade, Denmark has become the flagship for a balance between aesthetics and functionality. Once better known for its particular brand of bacon and for being the birthplace of LEGO, the country has now established itself as a major player in the field of architecture. Allow us to introduce you to another recent addition to the ever-growing list of ground-breaking Danish buildings, namely Bølgen.
If you ever find yourself in the city of Vejle on the Danish peninsula of Jutland, you will almost certainly be struck by the sudden appearance of five massive wave-like structures in the distance. This is Bølgen, better known internationally by its English name The Wave. It was designed by world-renowned architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects to serve as a large living complex that blends seamlessly with its surroundings. The wave-like design is reminiscent of the surrounding landscape which is characterised by hilly fjords and is reflected in the neighbouring bay of Skyttehus. Only completed in 2018, Bølgen has quickly become one of the most iconic landmarks in Denmark.
The complex's unconventional and innovative design achieved immediate recognition. Even before its completion, Bølgen won various prestigious awards, most notably the 2010 LEAF Award in the category "Multiple Occupancy”. Denmark is a country that regularly features in the top three in the International Happiness Index and one must wonder if architectural projects such as Bølgen are not a contributing factor to that achievement. Not only does the Danish approach to architecture combine functionality with beautiful design, but it also places humans at the centre of the project and provides a safe and pleasant environment that will fulfil the needs of those whom inhabit it. Bølgen is a perfect example of this approach. With its five buildings providing 15,000 square metres of living space, its 45 floors, and its 100 apartments, it has been designed as a social and residential crossroads meant to enrich the community and enliven the entire waterfront area.
We here at GIP are honoured to have been a part of this project and we wish our partners nothing but the best and hope that we can continue to make waves in the industry together for years to come.