Known for her modern inserts throughout the globe, Dorte Mandrup is a practicing architect in Copenhagen, Denmark, and also a member of the Historic Building Council in Denmark. Her studio was founded in 1999, her firm focuses more on creating architecture with a sense of place and a unique sense of materiality. Their firm starts with an artistic idea and transforms it into the dimensions of architecture. Hence, their end products happen to be a mix of art and architecture both.

1. Raa Day Care Centre, Sweden | Dorte Mandrup

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Raa Day Care Center ©

The building respects the nearby landscape, consisting of four groups of children, each with its group. Large windows that connect visually with the sea and context and provide daylight throughout, common spaces that foster interactions are the key features of the building.

2. Wadden Sea Centre, Denmark 

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The Wadden Sea Centre sets the impression of a building emerging from the ground, drawing a clear, pristine and a blurry profile against the Wad-den Sea’s infinite horizon. The architects have used thatched roofs and facades with a modern aesthetic which simply blends with Wadden Sea’s nature and history.

3. Amager Children’s Culture House, Denmark

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Amager Children’s Culture House ©

This building portrays a surprising and a unique approach to the modern notions of the building, It does not have a ‘beginning’ and ‘ending’  with that of the ordinary buildings and has a dynamic circulation with visual porosity throughout.

4. The Whale, Norway 

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Inspired by the parabolic structure and the context around, The Whale opens naturally towards the mountains and the sea. The long horizontal view of mountains creates a direct visual connection between the surroundings and the exhibition. It sets an example of how to combine architecture and marine life without disturbing it. With the help of this insert, its aura creates a positive insert outward to other businesses in the North.

5. Read Nest, Denmark | Dorte Mandrup

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Minimalism. Using less and pristine materials makes it simpler to operate and occupy. Read Nest follows the same function made of wood and is a private enclosure for studies, concentration, and tranquility.

6. Mineral Water House, Denmark

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Mineral water house ©

This building stands as a bridge between the historical neighbors and the future city district. The building has a unique character as it has a series of terraced volumes and balconies which helps to offer an equal experience to all the users.

7. The Orient, Denmark

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The Orient ©

Constructed in Copenhagen, with the rich potential of urban planning, this building stands true to its surroundings and provides a sustainable approach to modern architecture and primarily provides public housing that responds to the many demands of the growing city.

8. The Crystal, Denmark

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The Crystal ©

The building has a translucent skin with green pores inside which establishes coherency that allows various areas of the facility to be visually and spatially connected both horizontally and vertically. The skin of the building is constructed with steel and timber frame with opalescent polycarbonate panels covering throughout.

9. Neighbourhood Centre, Jemtelandsgade

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Neighbourhood Centre ©

Tagged as one of the most beautiful places of Copenhagen, Neighbourhood Centre houses conferences, debates, concerts, and children’s theatre is now the epicenter for local democracy and networks. This building is a modern interpretation of the treehouse translated into bare concrete columns in the shape of bare concrete columns.

10. Ringsted Municipality, Denmark | Dorte Mandrup

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Neighbourhood Centre ©

Consisting of 7 townhouses located in 2 rows, the planning of the building is done strategically providing double-height spaces to the smaller residences. This building also includes semi-private door spaces that can accommodate both play area and impromptu stay areas.


Jaival Mehta, being a third-year architecture student, is always keen to read and explode the theme of subject matter. If he had the time and stamina to do so, he would cycle around the world, with a pen, camera and a notebook. He is a literature and design enthusiast and his favourite word is ‘why’.