A Cultural Mission: Japanese sensitivities through a Scandinavian Landscape, at Emdrup Sø & Langelinie Park

Colin Jeffrey
Spatial Design

An Embassy aspires to promote its own country’s unique, cultural heritage and aspirations abroad; presenting themselves to the wider world.

Architecturally, these are symbolically charged buildings, uniquely defined by domestic politics, foreign affairs, and a complex set of representational requirements. By definition, an “Embassy” is the diplomatic representation of one country’s government within another… Technically, this does not have to be in a “fixed” location, but could be mobile and represent Japan across Denmark, not just in the city of Copenhagen, but beyond.

The project imagined a spatial atmosphere that could be attributed between two departments of the Japanese Embassy: Its department of Diplomatic discourse (through conversation and negotiation), and the other being its awareness of promoting their own Culture abroad.

Could Japanese ideals be communicated within a contemporary, Scandinavian context, through the medium of a travelling, “Architectural” experience?



Title page
Collaborators & Contributers
Depictions of Japan
Japan / Denmark: A timeline
SAS open flight routes to Japan
Interests in each others cultures
Understanding an Embassy in sketches
How an Embassy operates
A home for a split program
A temporary / assembly structure...
... On the move across Denmark
Japanese roots in two Danish locations
Copenhagen city map
Location plans
Ambassadors residence: Site model
Langelinie park: Site model
Project Haiku
Study Models
Japan / Danish architecture through art
Panoramic / Portal viewing
Similar surfaces
A set of possibilities
Dressed in multiple ways
Pavilion plans
A possible tower (Yagura)
Pavilion models
A kit of parts stored in a truck
Sequence of construction
Short section
Long section
Section through Ambassadors residence
Site plan
Site model
Section through Langelinie park
Sakura festival site plan
Sakura festival site model
Interior Model
An architecture between Japan and Denmark