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3XN was founded as Nielsen, Nielsen and Nielsen in Aarhus in 1986 by the architects Kim Herforth Nielsen, Lars Frank Nielsen (partner until 2002) and Hans Peter Svendler Nielsen (partner until 1992). The three Nielsen architects, often referred to as the Nielsens – and today simply as 3XN – quickly became known for two things: their preference for ground-breaking architecture, in defiance of the anti-humanistic modernism, and projects demanding a high level of detail and employing workmanship of the highest quality.
In 2001, Kim Christiansen joined the management team as CEO, and in 2003, Bo Boje Larsen, previously with Henning Larsen Architects, came on board as managing director responsible for strategy and organisation and as head of the soon rapidly growing office in Copenhagen. In 2007, three young architects became partners, Jan Ammundsen, who heads the Competition Department in Copenhagen, and Michael Kruse and Tommy Bruun, who head the Competition Department in Aarhus. In 2009 Bo Boje Larsen assumed the position of CEO.
In 2007 3XN established a Research & Development department that scans the market and the latest research for pioneering ideas, focusing on green and digital architecture, new materials, technology, and working methods.
Architecture is creative futurology. That is why we always try to understand the context in which we build – the physical surroundings as well as the social, cultural and historical context in general. It is a process that is ultimately about the people who will live in the buildings for many years to come. This dialogue often continues long after construction is complete.
Architecture is story-telling. We listen to the story the site is telling us, and that story becomes part of the concept we develop. We investigate the site and we ask people questions in order to find the story the building should tell. This is the process we have summoned with the words ‘investigate, ask, tell, draw, build’.
Architecture shapes the world. We constantly seek to develop designs that encompass in a single expression the spatial needs, the spirit of the location, the constructive solution and the main theme of the project. This is a process equally divided between craftsmanship and deliberations. And it is driven by a love of good design.
Architecture shapes behaviour. That is why we try to create places where people can interact and communicate and where synergy can grow. We believe that buildings, like people, are more than just the sum of their many parts. We believe that it is possible to achieve a synthesis of design, function and context. That is why a holistic approach is our guiding principle, and why we are forever exploring the possibilities of building better, cleverer, more beautifully.
RIBA International Award 2009, ’Saxo Bank', DK, 2008
JEC Innovation Award 2009, building and construction, 'Horten', DK, 2009
Nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2009, ‘Ørestad College’, DK, 2007
Prime Property Awards 2008, Second Prize for sustainable real estate investment, 'Alsion University/Science Park/Concert Hall', DK, 2007
Forum AID’s Award 2008, ‘Ørestad College’, DK, 2008
IDA Award 2008, best urban design, ‘Museum of Liverpool’, UK, 2007
RIBA European Award 2007, ’Alsion University/Science Park/Concert Hall’, DK, 2007
Ducth Building Award, Winner, ‘Music Building’, Amsterdam, NL, 2006
LEAF Award, ‘Music Building’, Amsterdam, NL, 2006
Dedalo-Minosse Special Prize, ‘Music Building’, Amsterdam, NL, 2006
Miami + Beach Bienal, Silver Medal, ‘Museum of Liverpool’, UK, 2006
MIPIM/Architectural Review Future Projects Award, ‘Nordhavnen’ (Residences), 2006
MIPIM/Architectural Review Future Projects Award, ‘Middelfart Savings Bank’ (Offices), 2006
RIBA Award 2005, ‘Sampension Headquarters’, Copenhagen, 2005
International Olympic Committee IOC/IAKS Award 2005, ‘DGI Urban Sports Centre’, Århus, 2005
MIPIM/Architectural Review Future Projects Award, ‘City for All Age’ Valby, Copenhagen, 2004
Municipality of Kolding Architecural Award, ‘Dalby Public School’, Kolding, 2004
Municipality of Kolding Architecural Award, ‘Kirsebærhaven’ Care Centre, Kolding, 2004
Municipality of Roskilde Architectural Grant, ‘The Philosophers’ Park student village’, 2003
Municipality of Randers Architectural Award, ‘Savings Bank ‘Kronjylland’ Headquarters’, 2003
Nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2003, ‘FIH Headquarters’, 2002
Municipality of Copenhagen Architectural Award, ‘FIH Headquarters’, 2002
Municipality of Slagelse Architectural Award, ‘Care Centre’, 2002
Municipality of Aalborg Architectural Award, ‘Aalborg Polytechnic’, 1998
Municipality of Odense Architectural Award, ‘Dalum Polytechnic’, 1998
Municipality of Århus Architectural Award, ‘Ramboll Headquarters’, 1997
The “Concrete Element” Award, ‘Holstebro Courtbuilding’, 1992
Esbjerg City Fund Architectural Award, 1991
Municipality of Århus Architectural Award, ‘Villa Fire’, 1989
Municipality of Odense Architectural Award, ‘Housing, Blangstedgaard’, 1988