Lendager Architects is growing strongly and has hired Lene Damsbo Brix, architect MA MAA, as director. She will help us insure continued growth and work with professionalizing the strategic development of the company in collaboration with owner and architect Anders Lendager.
Lendager Architects is in the middle of a time of great development with many big projects landing on our tables and a whole host of new faces at the company throughout 2015. Therefore, the company has hired Lene Damsbo Brix, architect MA MAA, as our new director. Lene Damsbo Brix comes from Core Arkitekter where she worked as a partner and director for 15 years and brings with her comprehensive knowledge about the architectural business in practice as well as corporate and employee development.
Growth and strategic development
Lene will be responsible for ensuring continual growth as well as strengthening and professionalizing the strategic development of the company within the established working ideology and DNA of Lendager Architects – to create sustainable solutions based on circular thinking. Lene Damsbo Brix on this topic:
“I see great potential at Lendager Architects and I am looking forward to strengthening the company in collaboration with architect and owner Anders Lendager. The company currently at a fork in the road which requires more visible leadership, and I know what it takes to ensure that the employees and the company develop in tandem. Paramount to this is the acknowledgment of the unique DNA of the company which must be retained throughout the professionalization. To ensure this, we will divide the responsibility between us, so Anders Lendager takes care of the professional development, while I work as the administrative and organizational leader.”
Lene Damsbo Brix’ strength lies in her solid experience as an architect and company leader which enables her to do business based on professional knowledge of the architectural field and through thorough understanding of the processes within our field.
”Becoming better at what we’re good at”
Lendager Architects core competence is creating sustainable solutions within the three legs of the company: architecture and urban development, strategy and analysis, product development. The three legs exist as separate companies, but are joined under one umbrella. They work across fields and constantly deliver knowledge to each other in a circular process, and will therefore be developed in parallel. Anders Lendager explains:
We must spend our energy on getting even better at what we’re already good at. We’re moving from developing ideas to realizing them, and must therefore develop all three legs of the company simultaneously. It is important for us to maintain our DNA and ideology, also in a time of growth, and sustainability is a driving factor in any assignment we work on. If we can’t see our own identity in the project, we don’t take it. In this sense we are uncompromising.
If I were to take charge of the forthcoming transformation of our company regarding structure and strategy, we would lose our DNA. Therefore, I have chosen Lene to take charge of this, and I am sure that she is the right person to take care of recruitment, quality assurance and development of our company, so it can strengthen and grow.”
For more information, contact Lene Damsbo Brix on: +45 51 24 97 94 or Anders Lendager on: +45 61 28 00 11.
With our new video you can come on a virtual tour of the Ressource City project with Anders Lendager as your guide and hear more about how global challenges have become potentials for sustainable development and growth. Ressource City is a strategy and a masterplan for the former industrial area of Maglemølle in Næstved, and the first resource efficient industrial cluster with companies focusing on production of recycled and upcycled products. You can read more about the strategy and the masterplan on our website.
In collaboration with Pluskontoret Arkitekter, MOE Consulting Engineers and doctor Torben Sigsgaard Ph.D. Lendager Arkitekter won the competition “Sunde Boliger” (Healthy Homes). This means that we will be designing three buildings for Realdania Byg, each being built and designed with three different approaches: ‘Now-tech’, ‘Low-tech’ and ‘High-tech’.
When taking a look at international surveys of air quality and indoor climate it becomes clear that it is high time to focus on this area of architectural practice. Surveys show that most of us spend 90% of our time indoors, 62% of our time at home, and that 1,3 billion people die every year from air pollution and bad indoor climate. In Denmark statistics show that 1,2 million people have allergies which results in 290.000 annual sick days, 1,6 million inefficient working days per year and an economical burden on our society of 37 billion DKK annualy.
At Lendager Arkitekter we are looking forward to developing sustainable homes with an objective to reduce the amount of harmful particles in the home and create the highest possible quality of life for the inhabitants. We are excited to work with furthering the knowledge on healthy indoor climate and yet again move the boundaries regarding how sustainably we can build.
You can view our competition proposal on our website here and read more about the thoughts behind the project on Realdanias website here.
Finally cheap user-friendly (kind of), sustainable 3D-printers are readily available – at Lendager we just got our hands on our own machine.
We love model bulding and we view this design approach as an important step on the way towards great projects, both within architecture and planning as well as in upcycle product development. With our new 3D-printer a new workflow of rapid prototyping and iterative designs of our projects becomes a lot easier and we will hopefully be able to wring even more great ideas out into physical models than before.
As everything else in the office, we have looked for the most sustainable product available. Therefore we print in PLA, a type of bioplastic that is made from starch from e.g. corn or beet. PLA, as opposed to other types of thermoplastics, is not made of fossil-based fuels, but still has the same material qualities: being able to be melted quickly and reused immediately. PLA is biodegradable and can easily be reduced to its natural chemical components, making it perfect for integration in a cradle-to-cradle cycle. Last but not least PLA has a lower melting point than many other plastics meaning that less energy is needed to create a 3D-print.
We are looking forward to extruding a whole load of models right here in the office!
Lendager Strategy is currently working on developing a new concept for a sustainable socio-economical café, that apart from being an extension to Taarnby Bibliotek, will act as a meeting point for locals and will activate the somewhat forlorn square in front of the library. The preliminary studies will result in a vision plan and an outline proposal for the café and the adjoining public space.
Around or near the square in front of the library several other public buildings are to be found, such as a ‘house of health’, gymnastics club, primary/secondary school, sports facilities, tennis club, badminton club and church. There is an obvious potential in opening up for better cooperation and communication between these many neighbours, tapping into the different facilities and competences across the institutions, and the physical manifestation of this is the new café and a rethought public space in front, a potential new heart for Taarnby.
The preliminary studies are supported by Realdanie because an in-depth analysis of the potentials in the connection between library and public space have relevance and value to many towns and cities across the country that experience similar problems with poorly activated public spaces next to libraries or other public institutions. At Lender we are looking forward to showing how the sharing economy can sharing society can thrive with the library as a driving force – and create a new hub for local activity in the area.
This year’s trade show for sustainable building practice, Building Green, is already underway. This year Anders Lendager will again be ready to share his input and ideas regarding the debate on sustainability in the building sector.
Under the title ‘Sustainability is not a hindrance for growth, rather it is a prerequisite” Natalie Mossin, chairman of The Academic Architects Association and Anders Lendager will close Build Green 2015. The event is at 16.00 on the 29/10 on the main stage of Forum, Copenhagen.
We are looking forward to seeing you for an exiting conclusion to two days of discussion about sustainability in the building sector.
See the full programme here: Building Green 2015
In the future Danish speakers will be able to get a weekly dose of sustainable insights when Anders Lendager shares his thoughts and experiences on his new blog on bobedre.dk. Click here to read the first installment – or find the content here on the website under BLOG.
This week it’s all about recycled concrete. Enjoy!
“A more valuable recycling of concrete waste” is the starting point for this project which strives to show new ways of recycling concrete in new buildings – a project that has been funded with DKK 3.700.000 (€495.000) by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency‘s development programme MUDP (Environmental Technology Development and Demonstration Programme).
As part of the transition to a more resource efficient society, the use of recycled concrete in the building sector is a major improvement and a step in the right direction. With this ambitious project the prospects and possibilities for using crushed building waste as aggregate in new concrete will be uncovered. The project will consists of strategies for dismantling of existing buildings as well as production, testing and demonstration of recycled concrete in new constructions. Development of recycled concrete elements that are designed for reuse will also be covered.
At Lendager Arkitekter we are looking forward to delving into the project which will be under way for the next two years in collaboration with Pelican Denmark Holding A/S, Pelcon Materials & Testing Aps and LH Hockerup.