Profile for Sophus Søbye Architects The studio is situated in Copenhagen and is established by Sophus Søbye in 2004. Sophus Søbye Architects performs tasks on a national scale, which have a focus on pointing forward on projects in an international context. The studio has won several prizes for its uncompromising projects that have been published in international journals and magazines. Sophus Søbye Architects was nominated for the Mies Van Der Rohe Award in 2002 for The Future Community Center in Hadsten. For the Scouts and Outdoor Cabin of the Future in Odense the studio received in 2008 the In-situ Award by Dansk Beton and the Architectural Award by the Municipality of Odense.
Founder and owner of Sophus Søbye Architects has a thorough knowledge and experience in designing and implementing complex projects. In addition to projects in-house, Sophus Søbye has more than 10 years of working experience from Denmark’s largest architectural firms. Sophus Søbye Architects solves a wide range of tasks at all levels and scales – focusing on housing, sports leisure and culture. The studio’s projects are often performed in close and fruitful collaboration with other architectural firms – in teams created in order to optimize the outcome of the specific project.
Philosophy and vision: The vision behind Sophus Søbye Architects work is to develop authentic, aesthetic and sustainable architectural solutions that build a bridge between the urban, landscape and building. The goal is to create architecture with clear constructions and precise structures through a continued exploration and experimentation in the versatile possibilities of the materials.
Sophus Søbye Architects seeks to create architecture with social transparency. Through varied spatialities and overlaps between culture and landscape and between the functions of the building, a transparency appears that embrace peoples’ needs for visual contact and social expression. Within the architecture of Sophus Søbye an opportunity for life and democratic expression between people arises.
Architecture’s most important task is to unite often contradictory premises. It is precisely by encountering this contradiction that the whimsical dynamic and tale in the architecture of Sophus Søbye occurs. The architecture is redeemed in whole thought, where the elements are bound together in all scales and levels. This leads to a robust, consistent and responsible architecture as a result.
Skills and methods: Sophus Søbye Architects insists that each project is unique. This is an approach that generates organic architecture where each project has its own life. The core of the studio is to keep an ongoing and persistent project process with a physical presence and zeal in all phases of the project. In the auspices of Sophus Søbye, the term architecture covers the total quality of the building. Neither design nor function, technique, economics or process can be understood in isolated parts. In the development of unique architecture Sophus Søbye Architects has an ability to put all of these elements in to play in a constructive and creative manner.
It is a virtue for the studio that architecture by definition is the art of collaboration – exchange and collaboration is a natural parameter in the studio’s practice. The synergy within the collaboration, the possibility for new professional perspectives and sharing of knowledge is the foundation of the studio’s work.