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post updated 16 May 2021

JDS – Latest Designs

JDS Architecture News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

30 Aug 2013
Kalvebod Waves, Copenhagen, Denmark
Design: KLAR + JDS/Julien de Smedt Architects
Kalvebod Waves Copenhagen by Julien de Smedt Architects
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Kalvebod Waves
JDS state, “What has doomed the Kalvebod area until now were the long shadows drawn by the imposing structures fronting it. We studied the course of those shadows throughout the day and the year and located two main pockets of shadow-free zones. We decided to program those areas as resting islands on the water. From there on, all we needed was to find an active way to reconnect those islands to the urban network and to make them relate to the city’s infrastructure.”

20 May 2013
Premier Campus Office, Istanbul, Turkey
Premier Campus Office Istanbul by Julien de Smedt Architects
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Premier Campus Offices Istanbul
The volume of the block is literally carved out to invite the surroundings in. The local hilly landscape, characteristic to Istanbul, is continued in the meandering of the volume both in plan, adapting to the site’s edges, and in section, weaving into itself in a series of gentle curving slopes, echoing the nearby Bosphorus waves.

Youth Centre Lille, France
Design: JDS Architects
Youth Centre Lille by Julien de Smedt Architects Youth Center Lille Lille Youth Centre building design by JDS
images from JDS
Over the past twenty years Lille has become a European hub; a destination for business and congress, a great place to study and live and also a tourist destination. It is a city with a turbulent history of conquest and reconquest, a heritage as an important medieval city and later on enjoyed and sometimes suffered the title of Northern France industrial capital.

The project by JDS emerges from the idea of creating an urban catalyst, accommodating three distinct programmes on a triangular site. By placing a program in each point of the triangle we offer maximum privacy while allowing them a closeness and continuity of space, organized around a garden, like a cloister of calm in the center of the city. The lifting of the mass of the programme at the corners illuminates and activates the adjacent public spaces and creates a continuity from outside to inside of the building.

Project: youth hostel, kindergarten, office
Budget: 12.150.000 EUR
Type: Invited Competition
Size: 6.980 m2
Client: SAEM Euralille
Status: 1st Prize 2011
Location Lille, France Team JDS, EGIS, Agence Franck Boutté Consultants, SL2EC
JDS Partner in Charge: Julien De Smedt
Project Leader: Renaud Pereira

Design: JDS Architects
Stoop Bench by Julien de Smedt Architects Stoop Bench Stoop Bench design by JDS
images from Julien de Smedt

Stoop, a public bench with multiple seating levels, allowing people to sit in a way that is less prescribed, more flexible and more social.

Looking at locations where there is no bench available and people still sit, doorsteps, handrails and stairs function as a seat. As a reference we pictured in mind a famous photograph: A Great Day in Harlem, taken by Art Kane. It shows a gathering of all the famous jazz musicians from the 20th century, posing on -indeed- a stoop.

Waiting in front of your friend’s house on a stoop in Brooklyn, posing with a tourist group on the Spanish Steps in Rome or having a picnic on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, we decided to incorporate the universal idea of using stairs as a sitting object, into our design of a bench.

A stepped bench with a triangular plan to allow a placement that not only serves as a bench, or table-bench, but functions as well as an urban auditorium. Stair serves as the ideal object on which the father watches the football game of his son and is surrounded by his friends, an important meeting takes place at work and right after you have lunch on it with your colleagues. It will be installed on schoolyards and at universities, to hang out with friends or to open up a laptop to prepare your next class. And of course, it will stand out on squares and streets all over the world.

Faaborg Harbour Bath
JDS with KLAR, Creo Architects
Faaborg Harbour Bath by Julien de Smedt Architects
image from Julien de Smedt
Faaborg Harbour Bath design

Caen Peninsula Refurbishment, France
JDS, Francois Leclercq and KLAR
Caen Peninsula Design by Julien de Smedt Architects
picture from Julien de Smedt
Caen Peninsula Refurbishment

Major Design by JDS

Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Norway
Holmenkollen Ski Jump
picture from JDS architects
Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Julien de Smedt – Key Projects by JDS

Featured Buildings by Julien de Smedt, alphabetical:

Aarhus Tower, Denmark

Aarhus Tower by Julien de Smedt Architects
picture from JDS architects
Aarhus Towers

Alexanderplatz tower, Berlin

Alexanderplatz tower
picture from JDS
Aarhus Tower : Alexanderplatz tower

Athens Building, Greece

Athens Building by Julien de Smedt Architects
picture from JDS
Athens Building

Condominium Tower

Condominium Tower by Julien de Smedt Architects
picture from Julien de Smedt
Condominium Tower by Julien de Smedt : Condominium Tower

Dublin Swimming Pool – proposal, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Swimming Pool by Julien de Smedt Architects
picture from JDS
Dublin Swimming Pool : Dublin Swimming Pool

Helsingør Hospital Building, Denmark
Helsingør Hospital Building
picture from JDS architects
Helsingør Hospital Building : Helsingør Hospital Building

The Iceberg Project – Isbjerget, Aarhus, Denmark
Iceberg Project by Julien de Smedt Architects
picture from Julien de Smedt
The Iceberg Aarhus

Maritime Youth House, Copenhagen, Denmark by PLOT Architects
Maritime Youth House by JDS
photo from JDS architects
Maritime Youth House

Mermaid Wellness Centre

Mermaid Wellness Centre by Julien de Smedt Architects
picture from JDS
Mermaid Wellness Centre

Mondri and Elano Hotels, Las Vegas, USA

Mondri and Elano Hotels
picture from JDS architects
Mondri and Elano Hotels

Ørestad housing – VM House, Copenhagen, Denmark
Plot Architects – Julien De Smedt and Bjarke Ingels
Ørestad housing
photo © Nikolaj Møller
Ørestad housing

Ørestad housing – VM Mountain dwellings, Copenhagen, Denmark
VM Mountain dwellings
photo from JDS architects
VM Mountain dwellings

Silo Apartments

Silo Apartments
picture from JDS architects
Silo Apartments

Sjakket Youth House, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sjakket Youth House
photo © Vegar Moen
Sjakket Youth House

Stockholm Library Competition entry, Sweden
Stockholm Library Design
picture from JDS architects
Stockholm Library

Stockholm Library : entry images
Stockholm Library
picture : Nikolaj Maller
Stockholm Library images

Trondheim Hotel and Congress Center, Norway

Trondheim Hotel
picture from JDS architects
Trondheim Hotel

Copenhagen Havnebad, Denmark
Copenhagen Havnebad
image from Julien de Smedt
Copenhagen Havnebad design by PLOT with BIG

Julien de Smedt designs – no images:

Montreal harbour development – proposal, Montreal, Canada

Mixed-use development – proposal, China

More Julien de Smedt Buildings online soon

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, northern Europe

JDS Architects Practice Information

JDS / Julien De Smedt offices – three studios in Europe:

Copenhagen (Denmark) + Brussels (Belgium) + Oslo (Norway)

Copenhagen Architects Offices

Julien De Smedt Architects selected for “Europe 40 Under 40”

Website: www.jdsarchitects.com

Copenhagen Architecture

Contemporary Architecture in the Danish Capital – architectural selection below:

Nordhavn Station + Orientkaj Station
Design: Arup and Cobe
Nordhavn + Orientkaj Stations Copenhagen Denmark
photo : Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST
Nordhavn Station + Orientkaj Station Copenhagen

Panda House, Copenhagen Zoo, Roskildevej 32
Architects: BIG
Panda House Copenhagen Zoo
photo : Rasmus Hjortshøj
Panda House, Copenhagen Zoo

Carlsberg Central Office, Valby
Design: C.F. Møller Architects
Carlsberg Central Office in Valby - Copenhagen Architecture News
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Carlsberg Central Office in Valby

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Buildings / photos for the Julien de Smedt page welcome