The OBEL AWARD wishes to stimulate debate about the role of architecture and to promote the circulation of new ideas across disciplines and continents.
Besides the award ceremony, which is held in October each year, the OBEL AWARD produces books and publications, presents exhibitions, and holds symposiums, lectures, and other events on different themes within architecture. We call it OBEL AWARD Travelling Ideas.
‘MADE’ BY THE OPERA HOUSE
MADE (the Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange) is an extra-curricular programme offered to Australian and Danish students of architecture, engineering and design (in the built environment) in their 2nd year of study or above.
In the lead up to the Sydney Opera House’s 50th Anniversary in 2023, the exchange programme will create an alumnus group of 100 students to continue the international and interdisciplinary links first forged by Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece in Sydney.
The Henrik Frode Obel Foundation is one of the founding partners of the programme.
Read more about the MADE programme on sydneyoperahouse.com.
EXHIBITION AT AEDES, BERLIN
The OBEL AWARD and Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin gave more people the chance to experience Junya Ishigami’s highly poetic landscape – the first winner of the OBEL AWARD with an exhibition that took place in both of Aedes’ large halls at Christinenstraße 18-19 in Berlin from 13 May – 25 June 2020.
Aedes Architecture Forum is an independent institution and exhibition space for the international communication of contemporary architecture and urban design. Established in 1980 as the first private architecture gallery in Europe, Aedes Architecture Forum has gained a large international partnership network and become a cultural platform for the global and public discourse of the built environment.
JUNYA ISHIGAMI IN COPENHAGEN
The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami held an open lecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) in Copenhagen on 23 October 2019. His studio Junya Ishigami + Associates won the first OBEL AWARD the previous day for the project Water Garden in Tochigi, Japan.
The lecture was hosted by the School of Architecture and sponsored by the Henrik Frode Obel Foundation.