CEBRA is a Danish architectural office with its background in the architectural circles of Aarhus. The office was founded 2001 by the architects Mikkel Frost, Carsten Primdahl and Kolja Nielsen – all graduates from The Aarhus School of Architecture.
In 2008 CEBRA received the most prestigious award in Scandinavia the ‘Nykredits Architecture Award’ and in 2006 CEBRA received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2006 for the project Co-evolution, which has been exhibited at the Biennale, São Paolo, Beijing, Manchester, Copenhagen and Venice 2006/2007. In 2008 CEBRA participated in the Biennale once again – this time curating the Danish pavilion at the Venice Biennale ECOTOPEDIA - Walk the Talk. The Bakkegaard School was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe award in 2006. The office has worked with numerous architectural functions and scales but dwellings, sports facilities and school buildings have been predominant.
CEBRAlogy_ We do not care much about the scale of the architecture or, to be more precise, we care greatly about each and every scale. We design just about everything, paying attention to much more than the size of the object, the building or the area. We have been involved in all kinds of projects, from industrial design to urban planning. We have designed housing, schools and city districts, and consider both a house and an airport to have the capacity to either revolutionize architecture or be completely insignificant. What really matters to us is the idea behind the design. Our ideology is project related. Instead of using the same mind set for all of our projects, we treat each and every project as unique. This is because the conditions under which we work are constantly changing – even during the design and building phase – which makes it necessary to retain a highly flexible ideology that can mutate and adapt according to the circumstances yet still remain relevant and modern. Every project must have its own story and identity shaped by its unique program and conditions.