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The Wave [Bølgen]
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DESIGNER
 
 
Henning Larsen Architects
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CONTEXT
 
Relationship with the location
Henning Larsen, Wave, Bølgen, Vejle, Danmark, Residential buildings, Multiple dwelling
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Henning Larsen, Wave, Bølgen, Vejle, Danmark, Residential buildings, Multiple dwelling
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DESCRIPTION
 
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Henning Larsen, Wave, Bølgen, Vejle, Danmark, Residential buildings, Multiple dwellingThe new landmark of Vejle is a distinctive residential building of nine storeys with a magnificent location by the bay Skyttehusbugten and Vejle Fjord.

Henning Larsen, Wave, Bølgen, Vejle, Danmark, Residential buildings, Multiple dwellingWith its two characteristic wave crests, the Wave in Vejle stands out as a sculptural icon both respecting and challenging its location.
Architecturally, the building relates to its fantastic location by Vejle Fjord. In daytime, the building will be characterised by the soft movements of the waves reflected in the water surface of the fjord. At night, the characteristic profile of the Wave will appear as an undulating mountain landscape of light and colour.
The building comprises 100 attractive flats - many of which are in two levels. The layout of the flats ensures a splendid view from all balconies. Together with the public promenade in front of the building, the Wave creates a beautiful connection between the fjord, landscape and town and consolidates the different elements in a clear and recognisable signature.
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Henning Larsen, Wave, Bølgen, Vejle, Danmark, Residential buildings, Multiple dwelling
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Henning Larsen, Wave, Bølgen, Vejle, Danmark, Residential buildings, Multiple dwellingA visually distinct new presence on the Vejle waterfront, The Wave stands as an architectural embodiment of the surrounding landscape.

Following an eleven-year construction period interrupted by the global financial crisis, Henning Larsen’s The Wave apartment building in Vejle, Denmark has finally reached completion.

Henning Larsen, Wave, Bølgen, Vejle, Danmark, Residential buildings, Multiple dwellingConstruction on the 14,000 m2 complex, consisting of 100 apartments, began in 2006, following an architectural vision of five consecutive wave-shaped towers lining the water along Vejle Fjord. However, the global recession of 2008 interrupted construction after the completion of only two towers. They stood unaccompanied along the water- front, the first chapters in an unfinished story.

Even though only partially completed, the first stage of The Wave drew international attention. The two towers were named ‘Residential Building of the Year’ by Danish trade magazine Byggeri in 2009, followed by an ABB LEAF Award for innovative architecture in 2012, and the prestigious Civic Trust Award in 2013 – The first time a Danish architect won the award in 51 years.

The Wave incorporates an open, public pier, establishing it as a social and residential hub, and an enduring presence in the vitalization of the Vejle waterfront. After construction efforts were re-initiated in 2015, the final three towers are complete – fulfilling Henning Larsen’s original vision. Its five iconic crests rising above Vejle Fjord, The Wave stands as an architectural tribute to local heritage and geography.

The fifth and final tower of The Wave was finalized in November 2018.
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POINTS OF VIEW
 
 
Henning Larsen, Wave, Bølgen, Vejle, Danmark, Residential buildings, Multiple dwelling“The land surrounding Vejle is unique for its rolling hills, which are an uncommon sight in Denmark,” explains Søren Øllgaard, Partner and Design Director at Henning Larsen. “We designed The Wave as striking new presence in the Vejle skyline, one that reflects and embodies the surrounding area. We feel our design merges our own con- temporary designs with a strong sense of local identity.”
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Syddanmark
Municipality
Vejle
Town
Vejle
Address
Svineryggen, Ved Bølgen
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Waterfront
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2005 - 2006     project winner of limited competiton
Realisation
2006 - 2018
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AWARDS
 
2011
Civic Trust Awards
2010
ABB LEAF Award
Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF)
Residential Building (Multiple Occupancy)
2010
Vejle Award
Building of the Year
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Henning Larsen, Wave, Bølgen, Vejle, Danmark, Residential buildings, Multiple dwelling
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CLIENT
 
 
Bertel Nielsen A/S
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Consistence
105 apartments
Surface
sq.m. 14,000
Floors
9 levels
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STAFF
 
Project
Henning Larsen Architects
Engineering
Grontmij Carl Bro
Design team
Competition:
Søren Øllgaard, Christian Schjøll, Margrethe Grøn, Jakob Hastrup, Michael Christensen

Project:
Søren Øllgaard, Jesper Høiberg, Per Ebbe Hansson, Maja Aasted, Dorte Nielsen, Pelle Munch Petersen, Hans Vogel, Peer T. Jeppesen
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Thomas Mÿlvig, Jacob Due, Jesper Ray
Drawings © Henning Larsen Architects
Text edited by Henning Larsen Architects
Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen, Wave, Bølgen, Vejle, Danmark, Residential buildings, Multiple dwelling



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