Mads Harder Danielsen

Title: BSc. in Ing. with specialization in architecture

During my years of studying architecture I have moved towards an understanding of architecture as an in-between condition. When studying architectural engineering, the consciousness of moving between the quantitative values of natural science and the qualitative values of art is a fundamental capacity. In my point of view architecture arises from the dialogue of diverse fields – one cannot create architecture by solely focusing on the creation of structures, zero-energy concepts etc., and one cannot create architecture from merely aesthetic considerations. Architecture is a discipline that utilizes and integrates vastly different views on a matter and can therefore be seen as something that draws on a wide range of sources of references in a dialogue – an in-between condition.

The transcending character of architecture is also evident when addressing the different aspects of scale in a building. In the same way architecture transgresses the borders of science and art, it also transgresses the physical limits of the building’s walls: The specifics of the surrounding landscape and city are to be considered just as important form giving factors as program and internal spatial considerations. The consideration of the characteristics of the context is needed for architecture to be both relevant and durable.

Architecture has not only this ability to reach up in scale and touch the city, the landscape and societal considerations, but also to reach down in scale when addressing the interior – in the creation of details that address the human body in a sensuous way. I see these interactions of different scales as a key issue to keep in mind in the architectural design process – all aspects are to be contained in a project for architecture in a holistic way to relate not only to the context in which it sits but also to relate to the human body that is to experience the building.