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3 Jan 2022
Al Hosn masterplan project, Qasr al Hosn Fort, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Al Hosn Masterplan And Landscape Abu Dhabi
photo : Mikkel Frost
Al Hosn Masterplan And Landscape Abu Dhabi
Al Hosn masterplan project in Abu Dhabi, designed and developed by Danish CEBRA, has received several international architecture awards over the last few years – most recently the project has been awarded both WAN Award 2021 and WAF Award 2021 for its overall masterplan design and landscape architecture.

6 Feb 2019
Danish architect Mikkel Frost’s TEDx Talk has been released

Film on YouTube

In the just-released TEDx Talk “Let your fingers do the talking”, founding partner at CEBRA, Mikkel Frost argues that hand drawings are relevant. Not as a render killer, but rather as a lively and more open supplement to the close-to-nature visualization. Watch his TEDx Talk and learn more about an alternative way of communicating architecture.

A hand drawing architect’s guide to the galaxy
During the TEDx Talk Mikkel Frost explains why the use of the hand drawing is special. A form of communication that CEBRA uses in the design process of every new project.

“The hand drawing never stands alone. At CEBRA, we use both hand drawings and computer-based visualizations, but we have experienced that the hand drawing often is a shortcut to communicate a project. A tool that makes it easier to explain a new concept to a client”, Mikkel Frost points out.

The inspiration for Mikkel Frost’s hand drawings derives, among others, from the cartoon universe, which communicates its messages through humor, few words and a simple expression. Following this, the hand drawing can be described as a visual language that is easily understood, open and less conclusive than the very realistic visualizations. “Ideally, we use the hand drawing as part of a co-creation process together with our clients – Let the fingers do the talking,” concludes Mikkel Frost.

New publication with CEBRA drawings
Currently CEBRA collaborates with the Dutch publisher FRAME on a new publication that brings together some of Mikkel Frost’s best hand drawings and watercolors. Among these, watercolours that have gained international recognition and which Sergei Tchoban, founder of The Museum of Architectural Drawing in Berlin, has acquired for his collection. A collection featuring works by the world’s leading living and late architects.

Mikkel Frost Instagram Profile

CEBRA architect Mikkel Frost’s TEDx Talk

2 Feb 2019
CEBRA launches a new research program promoting architecture for lifelong learning

Information is all around us – it is in our pocket, on our table and surely it resides in the spaces and environments we spend our everyday life in.

We process information through learning and acquire knowledge that becomes useful insights that lead to innovation – and ultimately wise choices. But how does this process affect the way we think and design the built environment? And how does the rapid change in activities related to how we learn and innovate impact the use of space in architecture?

CEBRA research program

CEBRA has initiated an ambitious R&D program – WISE. We address these issues and discuss the role of architecture in lifelong learning. The purpose of WISE is to bridge the ongoing and rapid change in the sectors of workspace and education to inform the design of buildings that stimulate learning and innovation. Moreover, WISE connects the ideas of the foremost thinkers of education and entrepreneurship, research and studies in sensory stimuli, cognitive psychology, and behaviorism with architecture.

We build for constant change

“We have to think about innovation as a mindset that copes with change. Of these changes climate changes, resource depletion and technology are those of a larger scale that come to mind.”, explains founding partner of CEBRA and one of the initiators of WISE, Carsten Primdahl.

In many ways, education and innovation are inextricably linked to these changes. We no longer perceive learning as a limited period where the school prepares us for working life – lifelong learning has become a requisite. This blurs the boundaries between education and work. Schools are becoming working environments and vice versa, workplaces are transforming into learning organizations.

Schools and businesses are mirrors of contemporary society and windows to the future – they are to be built on sustainable values, not only to survive but to thrive. Architecture is key to the solution.

A WISE architecture

Architectural means and qualities affect our senses to such a degree that they have a great impact on our behavior. If senses were to define architecture learning and work environments would be characterized by a large variety of scales, materials, textures, odors, light, colors and acoustic properties.

“The goal of WISE is to gain a direct understanding of how our senses are affected by the qualities of architecture – and to use this knowledge to enhance our ability to learn and innovate”, clarifies Carsten Primdahl and continues: “With WISE, we will be even better at designing architecture that takes into account the complete sensory apparatus”.

We design environments that adapt to future thinking and cross-cultural understanding. Our approach to the design is based on the notion that architecture has to be able to adapt to its users – and not the other way around. The organization of such environments regards the diversity of the workflow, activity-based settings, and internal spatial relations.


WISE is an acronym for Work, Innovation, Space and Education.

With WISE, CEBRA consolidates nearly 20 years of experience within educational and work environments. Through the design of several prestigious projects, the office has deliberately worked with spatial, as well as material-related tools, that support a rich learning experience in very different atmospheres.

WISE is aimed at all organizations, companies, and institutions that deal with the development of knowledge, insight, and wisdom. WISE provides insights to clients and decision makers to support and design future-oriented educational environments and workspaces.

The program is headed by architect Klaudio Muca and CEBRA founder Carsten Primdahl.

Watch extracts from the interview: CEBRA research program

7 Apr 2017
ARCTIC Hundested Harbour Cultural Attraction

CEBRA consolidates its management – A new CEBRA partner and three associates

From April 2017, architect MAA Mikkel Hallundbæk Schlesinger enters the group of partners, which will then consist of the three founding partners Mikkel Frost, Carsten Primdahl, Kolja Nielsen and new partner Mikkel Hallundbæk Schlesinger.

CEBRA Architects
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Mikkel Schlesinger has been employed at CEBRA since 2003 and has through the years acted as Lead Design Manager on numerous significant CEBRA projects such as the Iceberg and Experimentarium. Since 2015, Mikkel has been living in Abu Dhabi, where he managed CEBRA’s Abu Dhabi Office. The office has experienced positive growth with a series of exciting cultural and school projects in the region. Mikkel now returns to Denmark, where he as new CEBRA partner shall continue to contribute to the company’s international profile.

Mikkel Schlesinger obtained his architecture degree from the Aarhus School of Architecture in 1999 and worked at 3XN from 1999-2003.

Appointing three Associates
Besides consolidating the CEBRA management with a new partner the company appoints architects Lars Gemynthe Gylling, Thomas Bang Madsen and Flemming Svendsen as Associates. The position increases their representative function and in addition, they shall contribute to intensify CEBRA’s project and business development.

CEBRA is a Danish architectural office founded in 2001 by the architects Mikkel Frost, Carsten Primdahl and Kolja Nielsen. Based in Aarhus in Denmark and in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, CEBRA employs a multidisciplinary international staff of 50, who all share a strong passion for architecture.

At CEBRA we want to change the way to think, design and build architecture. We are always pushing for more. Pushing with a CEBRA attitude that combines our artistic approach to architecture with an understanding of its cultural context.

Most CEBRA projects are within the fields of education, culture and housing – thought, designed, and built in line with our mantra – Architecture with attitude.

28 Oct 2016

CEBRA Designs

ARCTIC Hundested Harbour Cultural Attraction, Region Hovedstaden, Northern Sjælland, Denmark
ARCTIC Hundested Harbour Cultural Attraction
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ARCTIC Hundested Harbour

20 Sep 2016
New School Building in Aabybro, north west of Aalborg, Jutland, western Denmark
Design: CEBRA architecture, architects with KPF
Aabybro School Building
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School Building in Aabybro

5 May 2016
Smart School education campus, Irkutsk City, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia
Smart School Irkutsk Education Campus
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Smart School Irkutsk by CEBRA
The vision for the Smart School project is to create a new type of school – a “School Park” – that unites architecture and landscape into a unique learning environment and gathering point for the local community, according to the architects CEBRA. The design of the project is based on a both unifying and expanding concept that bridges between school complex, nature and modern society in the form a diverse, including and activating learning environment.

15 Nov 2012
Skidome Randers, Denmark
Design: CEBRA Architects
Randers Skidome Building
picture from architect
Skidome Denmark
Danish architecture practice CEBRA has designed Skidome Denmark – a vision for the world’s biggest ski dome in the city of Randers for ski travelling agency Danski. The proposal offers over 3 km of indoor and outdoor slopes, freestyle park, hotel, restaurant and shops, covering a total area of 100.000 m2.

18 Jun 2012
Student Housing in Esbjerg, Jutland, Denmark
Student Housing in Esbjerg
image from CEBRA
CEBRA design : Student Housing in Esbjerg
CEBRA, in cooperation with engineers LB Consult, has won the competition for 48 new student housings in Denmark’s 5th largest city Esbjerg. The proposal consists of 26,910 sqft apartments spread across ten floors and outdoor areas with terraces and activity zones such as a street basket field. The project is commissioned by the housing association Ungdomsbo and they expect the first students to move in by Jan 2014. The building contains two basic functions: apartments – both for students and for young elitist sports practitioners – and common areas.

18 Jun 2012

Danish Architecture Practice News in 2012

Experimentarium i Hellerup, Denmark
Design: CEBRA Architects
Experimentarium Science Center
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Experimentarium Science Center
The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation has donated DKK 200 mio. to the modernization and extension of the science center and museum Experimentarium in Hellerup, Copenhagen. In 2011, CEBRA won the architecture competition for the new Experimentarium and the approximately 320,000 sqft project is is brought one substantial step closer to realization.

6 Jun 2012
Day Care Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark

A team consisting of CEBRA, Tækker and Grassat has been selected as winners of the competition for Prinsesse Charlottes Gade 42, a new day care and after-school centre in central Copenhagen. The project will convert two existing preservation-worthy buildings, erected in 1875, from a special school to a day care centre, including outdoor areas, for approximately 225 children.

13 Sep 2011

CEBRA Architecture Book
image from CEBRA

CEBRA_files_02 – English text (scroll down for Danish):

Statement from CEBRA: “In 2006 we published the first book on CEBRA architecture, and we boldly decided to call it CEBRA_files_01. By doing so we committed ourselves to do at least one more, which, after months of hard work, we are finally doing now. The files are uploaded to the printers, and the first edition of CEBRA_files_02 will shortly arrive.

Like our first book the CEBRA_files_02 contains 400 colorful and densely illustrated pages – this time complemented by a number of essays and interviews by David Basulto of ArchDaily and Boris Brorman Jensen plus an introduction by architect Peter Wilson. We therefore would like to see as many of you as possible at our Friday get together and book release in the office on the 30th of September at 14.00.”

Danish text:

Da vi i 2006 udgav vores første bog om CEBRAs arkitektur, var vi så modige at kalde den CEBRA_files_01. Vi forpligtede os dermed til at udgive mindst en mere, hvilket vi nu, efter lang tids hårdt arbejde, gør. Filerne er uploadet til trykkeriet, og det første oplag af CEBRA_files_02 er således på vej.

Bogen er, ligesom den første, på 400 farverige og tæt illustrerede sider, som denne gang suppleres af en række essays samt interviews af henholdsvis David Basulto fra ArchDaily og Boris Brorman Jensen samt en introduktion af arkitekt Peter Wilson. Vi afholder i den anledning en kombineret fredagsbar og book release på tegnestuen fredag den 30. september kl. 14.00, hvor det vil glæde os at se så mange af jer som muligt

23 May 2011
Landsbyhuset, Gyrstinge, Ringsted, Jutland, Denmark
Landsbyhuset Gyrstinge
picture : Vivian Leisner
The landsbyhuset in Gyrstinge is an attractor in a small community – a magnet for sports and social activity. Since it is a facility for the whole village, it is intended as a visual symbol that can be a part of a common consciousness.

CEBRA Architects – Key Projects

Bakkegaard School, Gentofte, Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark

CEBRA with SRL Architects
Bakkegaard School
photo : Adam Mørk
Bakkegaard School

CinemaxX Aarhus, Aarhus, Jylland, Denmark

CinemaxX Aarhus
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CinemaxX Aarhus

CinemaxX KBH, Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark

CinemaxX KBH
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CinemaxX KBH

Fuglsang Cuts, Herning, Jylland, Denmark

Fuglsang Cuts
photograph : Mads B Moeller
Fuglsang Cuts

Fritidscenter Gersonsvej, Gentofte, Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark

Gersonsvej Fritidscenter
photo : Adam Mørk
Fritidscenter Gersonsvej

The Iceberg Project – Isbjerget, Aarhus, Jylland, Denmark
JDS + CEBRA with Louis Paillard and SeArch
Aarhus Housing
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Aarhus Housing – architecture competition win


Mikkel Frost, Carsten Primdal, Kolja Nielsen:
Portræt af CEBRA. Fra højre : Arkitekterne og partnerne Mikkel Frost, Carsten Primdal og Kolja Nielsen

CEBRA holds a central and dominant position among the new wave of young, successful Danish architects. During their seven years in the industry, CEBRA has realized a wide range of concrete building projects and has won a number of architecture competitions, including the Golden Lion at the 2006 International Architecture Biennale in Venice and was nominated for a Mies van der Rohe prize for the architectural shaping of Bakkegårdsskolen in Gentofte.

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CEBRA does not try to lay the same defined design style or artistic signature over every single project. Each building tells its own story and has its own identity that CEBRA uses as a starting point by involving the building’s users and the physical potential of the site.

”We do not try to compete with the classic Danish architecture firms to make discrete, monumental creations. Our goal is not moderation, but instead a noticeable presence which shows that architects can achieve so much more than just create beautiful buildings. We dare to challenge the world in which we build buildings”, says Mikkel Frost, CEBRA partner.

Nykredit Architecture Prize

Location: Vesterbro Torv, Århus, Denmark

CEBRA Arkitekter – Practice Information

CEBRA is a Danish architecture firm based in Århus and was founded by Mikkel Frost, Carsten Primdahl and Kolja Nielsen, architects, in 2001.

Today, the firm has more than 30 employees including architects, building engineers and administrative staff.

Danish Architects

CEBRA architecture is a Danish architectural office founded in 2001 by the architects Mikkel Frost, Carsten Primdahl and Kolja Nielsen. Based in Aarhus, Denmark and in Abu Dhabi, UAE CEBRA architecture employs a multidisciplinary international staff of 40 who all share a strong passion for architecture.

Most CEBRA projects belong within the field of education, culture, sport and housing. We think, design and build in line with our mantra – Architecture is serious fun.


Danish Architecture

Denmark Architectural Designs

Contemporary Architecture in Denmark – architectural selection below:

Cold War Museum at Nordjyllands Historiske Museum, Røde Møllevej 22, Skørping, Rold Forest, Jutland
Design: AART architects with SLA, Niras and Thøgersen & Stouby
Cold War Museum Rold Forest Jutland - Denmark Architecture News
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The Danish Cold War Museum in Rold Forest, Jutland

The Wave Vejle, Jylland, western Denmark
Design: Henning Larsen Architects
The Wave in Vejle Denmark
photograph : Jacob Due
The Wave in Vejle, Denmark Building

Copenhagen Architecture

Danish Architecture

Copenhagen Architects

Architecture Studios


Buildings / photos for the CEBRA Architects page welcome