ANDERS BARSLUND

Anders Barslund is an architecture practice based in Virum, just north of Copenhagen. Our work is characterized by clever definitions of space, visual and spatial connections to the outdoors, and a sophisticated palette of colors and materials. Anders Barslund has an impressive portfolio of new buildings, renovations, and additions.

The studio is constantly studying and exploring architecture and anthropology. These studies push how we design and think about architecture and our experience of space. Our extensive material library is used as an interactive tool throughout the design process, as we consider the entire impression of the spaces we create — how the textures are, how they feel, smell, sound and react to light. During the design process we work through ideas using hand sketches, when getting further into the process, we develop our projects using the most advanced digital tools for 2D drawing, 3D modelling and rendering. 

Anders Barslund, Architect, MAA founded his studio in 2006. He is a passionate architect with more than 20 years of solid experience in architecture, building technique, and project management. He began his career at working the the Danish architecture firm 3XN. During his six years there, Anders gained vast experience working on large, complex projects. While working at the bigger Danish studios, Anders built a strong knowledge base of technical building methods. This foundation is crucial to Anders’ practice today, as it allows him to solve complex design and construction problems, which means that the creativity of his designs is not limited by conventions in building construction.

 
 
 

In short, my CALLING lies in the intersection between CREATING and COMMUNICATING the necessity of keeping nature close – in our homes as well as our minds. 

 
 

HISTORIC BUILDINGS

 

How I work with historic buildings

I use HISTORY to advocate my vision. Connecting the seven patterns to history demonstrates why they remain important to this day. History takes them out of the realm of the abstract and grounds them in precedent and tradition. For instance, creating an open layout or trying to blur the boundaries between inside and outside may sound like modern, perhaps unorthodox ideas, but the fact is that architects have been doing both for hundreds of years.

 
 
 

7 PRINCIPLES

 

My 7 principles when developing projects

  1. It’s about feeling as though you’ve arrived

  2. Being seduced by light

  3. Free movement

  4. Passing from space to space

  5. Making the space your own

  6. Feeling outside when you’re indoors

  7. Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. 


In all, 7 principles, instruments, or PATTERNS if you will, which I constantly weave into my work when creating architectural experiences. They can be applied in all new constructions, extensions and remodeling rebuilds.

 
 
 

SCIENTIFIC APPROACH

 

I often have a scientific approach too

To me, it’s about CREATING spaces suited for the human mind; spaces that speak to us on a primal level in the  language of nature. We may wear clothes, drive cars and sign mortgages, but I think we tend to forget how similar we still are to our ape cousins; after all, 99.9% of our evolution as a species has taken place in nature. It is only in the last 100 years or so that humanity as a whole has transitioned to an indoor life, and in so doing  invented a culture that justified the change. Our brains, however, remain at home in nature.

 
 

TRUE ARCHITECTURE

 

My passion + my brain = true architecture

Therefore, my passion is to discover ways to design spaces that feed into this primal need we have to be out in nature, where we can feel at peace; at home.

The architectural history I’m referring to shows us that these same concepts were toyed with during the transition from unique constructions to mass-produced uniformity. We (architects) still work with them, but as the engineers of mass production displace us from more and more of our historical work areas  (a development that all professions can relate to– it is the very premise of industrialisation, after all), we - and by ‘we’ I mean you, me and society in general – have forgotten to incorporate nature into our lives and to relate our creations to what makes us human. As a society, we have built a culture in which we have forgotten to consider how the spaces in which we work and live truly make us feel. What I want you to feel is not the layout and design –those are just the consumer goods. Rather, my aim is to weave these seven patterns together in a way that allows your mind to feel the same inspiration, relief, comfort, excitement, and sense of being that it does in nature. 

We are learning more and more about the brain. It is only in recent years that consumers have been able to buy simple and portable brainwave headsets to scan brainwaves. So really, it’s only very recently that brain researchers, and researchers in general, have been able to see what goes on in the brain when it’s out in nature!

How crazy is that!?