A number of Danish architect firms have won competitions in China and are now realizing big projects. Bjarke Ingels and his Big, for example, designed a 500 meter high tower to be built in the port city of Tianjin near Beijing. In southern China, Henning Larsen Architects are working on the construction of Foshan Cultural Center. Also lesser-known architects have gained a solid foothold in China. KPF Architects are now drawing up a master plan for an entire district of Chongqing in western China – and as they say from the headquarters in Viborg.
“When the entire project is budgeted at just less than 10 billion DKK, a few of those millions might as well go to us.”
In Viborg, the architects know that you have to find Chinese partners to be near the main project planning – thus making more money. The Council of Exports in China are eager to help promote this process and has launched several initiatives to get more Danish architect and construction companies enter the Chinese market.
“We would like to help more small and medium-sized enterprises. Consequently, we plan in the spring to hold a conference in Copenhagen for both architects and engineering firms, where a number of speakers tell about their experiences,” says Jesper Bech Andersen, team leader for architecture and construction at the Consulate General in Shanghai.
“Additionally, this fall, we will invite a dozen of these companies to Shanghai, where they will have the opportunity to hold lectures on Danish architecture and building tradition at Tongji University’s architectural line. At the same time we will match the Danish participants with local architectural firms so that they can gain a greater understanding of the rules of the game in the Chinese construction market, “he says, and hopes it can increase exports in the sector.