Olafur Eliasson’s first completed building rises in Danish harbour

by Andrew Manns | 26 Oct 2018

Scandinavian artist, Olafur Eliasson has completed his first structure, Fjordenhus ("House of the Inlet") in Vejle, Denmark.

The 28-metre, castle-like edifice – a collaborative effort between Eliasson and German architect Sebastian Behmann – stands in the shallows of the city’s harbour and is accessible by a footbridge.

The building’s ground floor is open to the public and features Eliasson’s artworks, while the upper levels – connected by a winding stair as well as by a built-in elevator – serve as the headquarters of the project’s commissioner, investment firm Kirk Capital.

Speaking on Fjordenhus's appearance, Eliasson explained that it was intended to be an "organic building" which could respond to the "shimmering water" and "ebb and flow of the tides". In doing so, it would change "at different times of the day and of the year".

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Scandinavian artist, Olafur Eliasson has completed his first structure, Fjordenhus ("House of the Inlet") in Vejle, Denmark. The 28-metre, castle-like edifice – a collaborative effort between Eliasson and German architect Sebastian Behmann – stands in the shallows of the city’s harbour and is accessible by a footbridge. The building’s ground floor is open to the public and features Eliasson’s artworks, while the upper levels – connected by a winding stair
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