Dorte Mandrup Architect I Biography

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July 25, 2022
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PLACE is a love letter to context. It tells the story of architecture’s poetic significance and its ability to heighten our attention to each site, landscape, and terrain.


Danish architecture studio Dorte Mandrup is internationally recognised for creating architecture in synergy with the context that enhances the awareness and experience of the place. Founded by architect Dorte Mandrup in 1999, the Copenhagen-based studio employs an artistic, humanistic, and scientific approach to create generous designs that are pushing the boundaries of form and materiality. Studies in both sculpture and natural sciences have influenced Dorte Mandrup’s approach to architecture, which has always been ‘hands—on’, materialising in deep contextual analysis and explorative prototyping, and is still a pivotal part of how the studio works today. In close interaction with every project team, Dorte Mandrup is solving complex problems and orchestrating designs that are playful, original, and poetic.

In recent years, the studio has distinguished itself in the architectural field with extraordinary projects like The Whale 300 kilometres North of the Arctic Circle in Norway, the Exile Museum at Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin and the Icefjord Centre, slightly levitating over the Greenlandic wilderness. The passion and experience working in sensitive contexts has resulted in winning designs for public buildings in five UNESCO World Heritage Site – three of which you can experience in this exhibition. Working with projects like these is a constant negotiation between place, culture, history, function, and local identity with the architect brought in to insert new meaning – to highlight the existing and create new meaning.