PEOPLE & MILESTONES

Things change. Things get better!

Sometimes, you need to step back to see things from a distance and get the bigger picture. A decade after Open Platform was born, the original core team has been reestablished and is joined by the good people we met along the way. OP 2.0 will continue the successful work of the past three years. But, we will return to seeing our idea-driven projects through to the end. Because nothing feels better than handing over a consistent project to a satisfied client with a handshake to mark the success of our common efforts.

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Open Platform shares a studio in a back building in Nørrebro with colleagues JaJa and RAMA and Third Nature upstairs.

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2019 OPEN PLATFORM 2.0

After three years of result-creating work Jennifer & Niels relaunch Open Platform a competition-winning blood type zero architectural firm compatible with any given project.

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By Benjamin

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2016-2019 NOVA5

In 2016, architectural firm NOVA5 headhunts OP at the suggestion of a professional board. The main task is to renew the company and boost the hit rate in tenders and competitions. It's also the kick start of a generational handover. The success is almost instant, when the new development department lead by Jennifer & Niels wins the invited competition for Elsinore New Stadium in close collaboration with ELKIÆR & EBBESKOV, Møller & Grønborg Landscape and Lyngkilde Engineering. Architect Lotte Randeris, Christine Cato and intern Jon are part of the early NOVA5 competition team. In 2017, NOVA5 and OP officially melt together their activities. The agenda is to blend the best of two worlds - creatives and builders - in a rebranded NOVA5. The company employs 20 people and is hereafter owned and led by two couples Hanne & Thomas + Jennifer & Niels.

Photos/Illustration:
Childrens House Fairytale Garden in Havdrup, Broke ground september 2019
Dalby Skole, Under construction, completion 2020
Helsingør Stadion, Opened august 2019

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2010-2016 OPEN PLATFORM 1.0

The succes of the Denmark Pavilion for Expo 2010 becomes the stepping stone to a solo career. In 2010, Open Platform is formed and moves in with Holgaard Architects in a beautiful mansion next to Amalienborg, home of the Royal Family. In 2011, OP opens its first own office space in a shop located in Nørrebro. Working as a communication consultant Jennifer helps numerous colleagues through the 10s. She also develops and manages a series of communication courses with long time colleague cand.comm Beate Bernhoft, writes articles and participates in panel debates. Niels works full time as an architect balancing bread and butter work with projects in the field of arts and politics. He becomes a part time teacher at KADK guiding first and second year students. Jon Frydenlund-Vad is one of the talented students. OP participates in competitions and wins several prizes. In this period, OP initiates the Koppel monograph with Johannes and starts working with architect Mads Knak-Nielsen and graphic designer Christine Cato.

Photos/Illustrations:
OP by Asger Simonsen
New Architecture School, Aarhus, 3rd prize
The Sphere, Wooden Pavilion, Dragør, Built
Open air Cinema, Roskilde Festival, Built
Absent Monument, Jury's Special Prize

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2005-2010 JDS/BIG

In 2005, PLOT splits up and two new companies are established: JDS architects and BIG. Jennifer joins JDS and expands her role as a Design Architect to cover acquisitions and communication. Niels joins BIG and leads a series of international projects. Both offices are immensely successful in each their way. Niels enters BIG's Partner group and in 2007, the couple concludes that it is too difficult to be partners in private and competitors at work. Jennifer accepts Bjarke Ingels' offer for the position as Head of Communication at BIG. Shortly after, JDS wins the world famous Holmekollen Ski Jump. The international work brings BIG into contact with Peter Theibel, Head of International Affairs at the Danish Association of Architectural firms. Milestones at BIG include deep involvement in concepts, designs and communication for the highly praised Masterplan of Slussen in Stockholm, The Denmark Pavilion for Shanghai Expo 2010, New Maritime Museum in Elsinore and the curated urban space Superkilen. Furthermore ideas, fund-seeking, execution, text production and editing for the memorable exhibition and publication "Yes is More".

Photos/Illustrations:
New Maritime Museum, Elsinore [BIG]
Denmark Pavilion Expo 2010, Shanghai [BIG]
Yes is More [BIG]
Superkilen, Copenhagen [BIG]
Photo of the BIG partners from the 2009 Office Profile [BIG]
Holmekollen Skijump, Oslo [JDS]

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2004-2005 PLOT

PLOT is a young studio founded by architects, friends and colleagues Bjarke Ingels and Julien de Smedt. The duo has worked for Starchitect Rem Koolhaas as interns at OMA, and is making its mark by winning a series of competitions in Denmark. In spite of living in Holland at the same time, the four architects have never met, most likely because NL architects is an Amsterdam-based office, while OMA is situated in Rotterdam. PLOT collects architects, who have worked in Holland, and Jennifer and Niels are both headhuntet to the back building in Vesterbro. They work as Design Architects and quickly advance to become Project Leaders. Works include several competitions, a souvenir shop for Tivoli Gardens, a house for all Copenhagen car dealers, an indoor public swimming pool in Odense, hotels and residential buildings. The later founders of OP, JaJa and Third Nature all meet for the first time at PLOT.

Illustrations:
Aquatic Center, Municipality of Odense
Ny Tøjhus Grunden, Tækker Group, Copenhagen
Souvenir shop, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

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2002-2003 Anders Lohse/Søren Svendsen

After returning to Denmark, Jennifer and Niels both work for one-man companies. Jennifer returns to Studio Anders Lohse Architects and Niels works for Søren Svendsen Architects in Copenhagen. The projects span from interior design to apartment complexes, in all phases from sketch to completion. In their spare time, the couple participates in open architecture competitions leading to several prizes and honorable mentioning. But in 2003, an office called PLOT seems to win every Danish competition...

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Ronald MacDonalds House Rigshospitalet Copenhagen, Studio Anders Lohse
Finlandsgade, Søren Svendsen Architects

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1999-2002 NL Architects/VMX

In the 90s and 00s, Holland is a magnet for Architects. The Dutch government has launched the VINEX policy, which aims to solve the challenge of housing shortage by strategically delivering compact neighbourhoods close to existing cities. The activity in the building industry is extreme, and every Dutch office has plenty of work. For a period of three years, Jennifer works for NL Architects in Amsterdam. Niels works for VMX architects, before joining NL Architects in 2000. It is at VMX, that the couple first get acquainted with Skafte Aymo-Boot. Their former class mate, Johannes, who has lived in Amsterdam since 1996, once again becomes the downstairs neighbour, when renting out a small one-room apartment to the couple.


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Basket Bar, Utrecht, NL Architects
Het Funen, Amsterdam, NL Architects

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1995-1999 KHR/VLA

Jennifer's first job as an architect is with interior architect Studio Anders Lohse. Production includes space planning of shops, office space and restaurants as well as small scale architecture projects such as expanding private homes and designing summerhouses. Later Jennifer is hired by Vilhelm Lauritsen Architects for the completion of the Hilton Airport Hotel in Copenhagen. Niels' career starts at KHR, after being hired by his external graduation examiner Ceo Svend Kirk Axelsson. Among the broad palette of projects he works on are: Urban planning of Ørestad, Station Design for the first Copenhagen Metro line and winning the competition for a teacher training college in Aarhus.

Photo/Illustration:
Hilton Airport Hotel, Copenhagen, Vilhelm Lauritzen
ArchitectsØrestad, Copenhagen KHR/ARKKI

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1989-1996 The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

OP's founders Jennifer & Niels meet each other in the intro week of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and become friends. A year later the friends become a couple. Both study architecture in Department 3B lead by professor Henning Larsen. The '89 year group is small, and after several first year students drop out, the few remaining students are integrated with the older year group. By chance, fellow student Johannes Hedal Hansen becomes the downstairs neighbour of Jennifer & Niels, which is the beginning of a lifelong friendship and work relation. Niels graduates in 1995, Jennifer in 1996.

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