We create architecture for the many and for the common good. The result is a continuous balancing act between sustainability, beauty, and economy.




Our focus is on preserving the original attributes and character of the building while adapting it to new functions and needs.

Most buildings are initially constructed for a particular purpose, but as time goes by there may be a need to adapt them for new functions. Transformation of the existing building stock is one of the most sustainable ways of developing our cities, where everything from centuries-old palaces to more recent factory buildings may have the potential to be reshaped for new functions. That is why renovation, conversion or transformation is an option that should often be considered when we are dealing with an existing building.

When we convert and transform buildings we always start by making a valuation of the building itself. We use this valuation to ensure that the customer’s wishes are met, while respecting the existing building in a given context. Here we focus on not losing the particular architectural, social and cultural attributes of the building, while identifying its potential and ways of recreating qualities that may have been lost in earlier rebuilding works.

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Co-creating Scandinavian Cities in wood

Timber is a renewable resource which grows with help from solar energy and is seen as being one of the most environmentally sustainable building resources available.

We work strategically towards sustainability, and have assembled a dedicated team who have specialized competencies with timber construction – Arkitema & COWI Timber. Our focus is to deliver high quality building solutions using modern timber constructions. Timber buildings have a minimal CO₂- footprint, are solid and quick to erect, and above all create indoor climates which are healthier to live in. Our Scandinavian teamwork is the market leader within architecture and timber-technology. We are able to offer the latest expertise and solutions, the benefits of which will be felt for generations.

Our goal is to create the framework for the best quality of life, and at the same time actively be at the forefront for a green transformation of the building industry. With timber construction, we are able to realize CO₂ reduction goals, whilst increasing productivity and help support the growing push for a cultural revolution towards sustainable building practices.

We have specialists with many years’ experience with timber construction at our Scandinavian offices in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Who though close relationships with the construction industry, universities and suppliers, ensure that we can continue to be the markets leading consultants.

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