AWARDS FINALIST 2021
WORLD'S TOP 10 RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE FIRMS
Thank you, Architizer, for selecting URBAN AGENCY as one of the 10 Top Residential Architecture Firms in the World in 2021 – a list of “innovative architectural practices [that] are rethinking what makes a home a home, pioneering new forms of space in which to live.” The Architizer A+Firm Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architectural practices. We are truly delighted to receive this accolade! Check out the finalists here.
The first phase of our Dominion project in Calgary is topping up with phase 2 excavation almost complete. The mix use development includes 334 rental homes, co-working and retail & cafe. To learn more about our Dominion project click here.
WE ARE HIRING
FOR OUR NEW GERMAN OFFICE
Wir sind ein junges Architekturbüro aus Dänemark, tätig in vielfältigen und abwechslungsreichen Projekten auf nationaler, aber auch internationaler Ebene. Für unser neu etabliertes Büro in Düsseldorf suchen wir Verstärkung für unser Team.
The construction of our Bundang project in Seoul has reached the next stage. With the structure of the retail podium finished now we can see the beginning of the twist that later will turn into 30 stories high towers. The construction of Bundang project is expected to be finished in 2021. To learn more about our Bundang project click here. Or visit the official webpage of the project here.
THE LAST STRAIGHT
We are delighted to see progress on the site of our Posthusgrunden project in Værløse, Copenhagen. The construction process is slowly approaching the finish line with concrete works being done and brick cladding covering more and more of the elevations everyday. The project is expected to be completed by the end of this year. If you want to learn more about Posthusgrunden project click here.
URBAN AGENCY GERMANY
We are excited to announce that we’ve opened a new Düsseldorf office in a former masterclass studio of @gerhard.richter! With a number of projects throughout Germany, it was important that we had a local team responsible for the ongoing work, and we’re looking forward to developing many new projects in the region.
SHOE SHELF SHOP
FIRST PRIZE WINNER BDA-2019
We are delighted to announce that last night our Shoe Shelf Shop has received first prize from Bund Deutscher Architekten (German Architect Association). The prices are being given every three years. For learning more about this project click here.
Zak World of Façades Conference
Zak World of Façades conference Ireland is on 7th May 2020 at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road and we will be there. URBAN AGENCY co-founder Andrew Griffin will be speaking on the ‘Sustainable Buildings: Façades as the key element for efficiency’ panel. Don’t miss out! For more information see: https://facades.irish/
RIAI Conference 2019
One of URBAN AGENCY’s Co-Founders, Andrew Griffin, will be speaking at the RIAI Conference 2019. “Climate Change, Housing, Placemaking are the big topics of Irish society and each of these themes is also critical for the practice of architecture in Ireland today and into the future”, says RIAI President David Browne. The RIAI Conference will present new thinking under these themes and has invited a fantastic line-up of national and international speakers – all experts in their field. Andrew will be speaking in Session 5 ‘Ireland 2070 – Ideas & Visions’. This is sure to be an fascinating discussion about Ireland’s development over the next 50 years. Book your tickets now! Date: Saturday 5th October 2019 Time: 15:45 Venue: RDS,
A DAY WITH URBAN AGENCY
OUR PROJECTS IN COPENHAGEN INNER HARBOUR
Lille Langebro and Kalvebod Waves are two projects Urban Agency has been involved in the Copenhagen inner harbour. They have changed the way Copenhageners experience water in their city and now are being presented as an example of active waterfront architecture on Seoul Architecture Festival 2019. Take a look at video prepared for the 6th Han River Architectural Imagination Exhibition that we are proud to be a part of. Click here to learn more about Lille Langebro and Kalvebod Waves.
SEOUL ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL
The Han River Architectural Imagination Exhibition
Urban Agency, together with dRMM, realiites:United, Cho,Helo A+U, Tobias Rehberger, Davide Macullo Architects, William Kentridge, Gabriel Lester, Ti Eun Young, Zaha Hadid Architects, Michel Auder and MVRDV, will participate in the 6th Han River Architectural Imagination Exhibition as a part of Seoul’s Architecture Festival 2019. The exhibition ,Han River: La Réve Découvert’ will take place in Oil Tank Culture Park in Seoul from 6th to 22nd of September 2019. Visit the official webpage of Seoul Architecture Festival 2019 to learn more about it’s program.
Last week showroom for our MBC project in the center of Seoul was officially opened. The showroom consists of numerous renderings, psychical model and a mockup house of a typical apartment unit located in towers. The construction of the complex has already started and is expected to be finished in 2022. To learn more about our MBC project click here.
URBAN AGENCY is happy to announce that works on our MBC project in Seoul, Korea have already started! The demolition of existing Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation headquarter will soon be over and the entire complex of almost 200.000m2 is expected to be finished in year 2022. If you want to learn more about the project click here.
BUNDANG TWIN TOWERS
Last week showroom for our Bundang project was officially opened. The showroom consists of numerous renderings, psychical models and a mockup house of a typical apartment unit located in towers. The construction of Bundang project is going to start soon and is expected to be finished in 2021. To learn more about our Bundang project click here. Or visit the official webpage of the project here.
We are delighted to announce Rust-ic House has been nominated for a Mies van der Rohe in this years 2019 awards. We are one of the 383 projects from 38 countriesThe Prize is awarded biennially to works completed within the previous two years. The principal objectives are to achieve a thorough understanding of the transformation of Europe’s built environment; to recognize and commend excellence and innovation in the field of architecture; and to draw attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new ideas with the undeniable support of clients and the involvement of those who will become the users of these places. To see more about the project click here To read more about the
RAISING FROM THE GROUND
URBAN AGENCY, in collaboration with Soomok Architects, have been commissioned to design new development area for the city of Midan in South Korea. In the future our project will accommodate both local residents and tourists of Incheon Airport and provide new entertainment facilities for Midan City Yeongiong Island. The construction process has already begun and you can see first town villas taking shape. For more information about the project please click here.
For a sustainable growth
URBAN AGENCY, in collaboration with GVA planning, have been appointed for 4 major masterplans in 4 key Irish towns: Balbrigan, Kinsealy, Ennis and Swords. More soon!
A short clip showcasing our project Rustic House. Enjoy the view! For more information on this project please click here.
CPH AIRPORT BRIDGE
Enjoy watching our video showing walking on new CPH Airport Bridge for the very first time. This short film shows what metro-travelling passengers will experience crossing Terminal 3 five meters above floor level. The new passage was opened on the 11th of June 2018. Learn more about new CPH Airport Bridge here
HOUSING DESIGN GUIDE
LEADING THE WAY
URBAN AGENCY Architects were commissioned by the Housing Agency to prepare a national guideline for “Quality Apartments and Urban Housing”. URBAN AGENCY also contributed to the design chapter of ULI’s new “Build to Rent: A best practice for Ireland” publication. We are delighted to have been given such tasks and endorsement by the National Housing Agency and ULI Ireland demonstrating their confidence in URBAN AGENCY as design leaders in the residential sector in Ireland.
ART OF MANY AND THE RIGHT TO SPACE
EXHIBITION IN DANISH ARCHITECTURE CENTRE
The official Danish contribution to the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice is coming home to the Danish Architecture Centre. The exhibition, Art of Many and The Right to Space shows how Danish architects insist on creating high quality architecture to benefit the community as a whole – not just the select few. We are proud and honoured to be a part of the Danish Selection with 3 of our projects featured. Learn more about the exhibition here
MIES VAN DER ROHE NOMINATION
URBAN AGENCY ANNOUNCED AS A NOMINEE FOR 2017 EU PRIZE!
We are honored to announce that our Faaborg Harbour Bath is nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2017! The award is granted every two years to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe. The prize objectives aim at promoting and understanding the significance of quality and reflecting the complexity of Architecture’s own significance in terms of technological, constructional, social, economic, cultural and aesthetic achievements. See here for more information. Also see more of the project here.
Enjoy watching our conceptual 1:50 concrete model come to life! This short film shows the process of creating the model, while the model tells the story behind the architecture. After many endeavours on the way, the 150kg heavy design arrived safely in Venice alongside our two other “Human Architectures” and will on display in the Danish Pavilion until the 27th of November. Learn more about Venice Biennale here
SHARING MODELS: MANHATTANISMS
URBAN AGENCY ENVISIONS NEW YORK'S FUTURE
Urban Agency is delighted to take part, alongside 30 other international Architects, in the very thought proactive exhibition ‘Sharing Models: Manhattanisms’. Exploring how new-age technologies and ever-changing social typology may “affect the way we inhabit and build the cities of tomorrow”; each Architect was given an area of Manhattan with the task of envisaging the city’s future. The Models are on display till the 2nd of September at Storefront’s Gallery; showcasing a “composite figure; a territory that is simultaneously fictional and real, and one that opens a window to new perceptions of the city’s shared assets.” We were assigned a section of the Financial District of Manhattan in the to rethink, reinterpret and reimagine for the future. A recent study
VENICE BIENNALE 2016
URBAN AGENCY TAKES PART AS ONE OF THE DANISH CONTRIBUTION WITH 3 PROJECTS FEATURED
The highly anticipated 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice is a massive success. We are proud and honoured to be a part of the Danish Selection with 3 of our projects featured. For more information check out here.
URBAN AGENCY AMONGST 25 SHORTLISTED
FOR THE EUROPEAN PRIZE for URBAN PUBLIC SPACE 2016
URBAN AGENCY’S Public Baths in the Harbor Fåborg-Midtfyn, Denmark has been named as one of 25 Finalists for the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2016. We are excited and honoured to have made the selection, it also comes as great news as our Faborg Project is one of our three projects being featured as part of the Danish selection in the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice. See here for more information.
URBAN AGENCY COMPLETES DENTAL PRACTICE FIT-OUT IN DUBLIN
Our fundamental aim was to rethink the typical, clinical corridor typology of dental practices to redefine how patients view a visit to the dentist – from a daunting experience to a pleasant one. We started with a layout based on a “poché” plan with an enfilade of bright rooms make for a soothing atmosphere. Introducing curved walls made out of natural materials soften the space and large windows that look out onto small courtyards with lush gardens provide an abundance of natural light whilst maintaining privacy and provide delightful views to distract the patients during their procedures!
URBAN AGENCY PARTICIPATE IN 15TH ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE IN VENICE
URBAN AGENCY will be part of the official Danish contribution to the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice. Chilean Architects Alejandro Aravena is head curator of the Venice Biennale in 2016. Under the heading ‘Reporting from the Front’ Aravena examines the architect’s role in the struggle to strengthen the quality of human life worldwide…. http://www.labiennale.org/en/news/18-07.html
Shenzhen Hongkong Bi-City Biennale
URBAN AGENCY is currently taking part in Irish Design 2015’s ‘New Horizon_architecture from Ireland’ – a series of presentations showcasing the work of emerging Irish practices. The installations kicked off on the 4th of December at the Dacheng Flour Factory, Shekou and will run until the 4th of March 2016, presenting photography and short films which highlight the fascinating relationship between Shannon, Ireland and Shenzhen, China. The exhibition explores, promotes and celebrates Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally portrayed by talented filmmaker, Matt Thompson alongside work from fellow architects practice, AP&E.
Urban Agency in London
We are pleased to be featured in Nine Lives at the Tank, currently installed at Design Museum , London and residing there until June 28th. Nine Lives shows work of 10 architects from Ireland selected by Raymund Ryan and Nathalie Weadick as part of the ‘New Horizon_architecture from Ireland’ initiative which will see all 10 architects participate in some way in three architecture festivals across the world in 2015 – the first of these seeing TAKA, Steve Larkin, Clancy Moore, Hall McKnight and Emmett Scanlon show work at the London Festival of Architecture until the end of June. Supported by Irish Design 2015. Nine Lives will also be shown in Ireland as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival opening August 8th and will run at the
Qianhai Exchange Plaza
Urban Agency in Shenzhen
Enjoy watching the video showing our Proposal for Qianhai Exchange Plaza as a center piece of a new urban quarter in Shenzhen. See more of the project here.
Our project Kalvebod Waves wins World Architecture News Awards for best Urban Design!!. See more here
URBAN AGENCY’s first house in Lyon, France, is under construction. The site is located in a small wood planted with mature pine trees. The concept is an ultra-efficient cross plan that minimizes circulation and dead spaces while maximizing the natural light and views to the surrounding landscape.
Together with BEM Architects, URBAN AGENCY has designed the urban scheme for the new development of 13,000 m2 of housing in Freiburg, Germany. The project, consisting of four housing blocks, will provide a working/living area based on the German concept of ‘Common Living’. The next step is to find future residents and investors.
A short film on URBAN AGENCY’s project, Kalvebod Waves. See more of the project here.
A BIGGER SPLASH
AIT Prize 2014
URBAN AGENCY’s Kalvebod Wave project has been named winner of the AIT Award 2014. More than 500 projects from 31 countries competed in eight different categories (living, hotel/gastronomy, retail/trade fair, office/administration, health/care, sports/leisure, public buildings/education, industry/commerce) to win the prestigious prize. An international jury of 12 highly-esteemed experts selected the Kalvebod Wave project as the winner in the sports/leisure category. See pictures of the prize winning ceremony here. Also see more of the project here.
URBAN AGENCY, together with Artist Gregory Dunn, completed the Playstation project for “The Everyday Experience” – the Irish Architectural Foundation’s exhibition at The Irish Museum of Modern Art. See more of Greg Dunn’s Playstation video here. See more of IAF “Everyday experience“ here.
Get a feel for URBAN AGENCY’S shop interior design for Orla Keily in New York. See more of the project here.