Christensen & Co. Architects (CCO) is an international practice, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, started by Michael Christensen in 2006. After playing a central role at the acclaimed Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects for 10 years, the last 5 years as Partner and Director, Michael realized the dream to start his own practice. CCO won two major competitions, including a university campus in Stockholm, Sweden, in the first year.
CCO has, since the beginning, consolidated our reputation as an innovative company, with a visionary approach to sustainable architecture by winning a number of high profile projects.
At CCO we believe that good architecture applies to all aspects of a building. Neither design nor function, economy nor process should be considered separately. Good architecture makes a difference. Architects with intention, empathy and thoroughness make buildings that actively can change people’s lives. We have developed a number of sustainable, low-energy projects with very ambitious environmental agendas. In our approach to designing new buildings, the design concept is closely linked with the inclusion of energy optimizing choices, collaborating with experts in the fields of sustainable engineering and energy optimizing.
Sustainability: Designing environmentally sustainable buildings are neither progressive nor advanced thinking. At Christensen & Co. architects we have extensive experience in designing low energy buildings. Already, we aim to design buildings achieving the expected future Danish 2020 building regulations, reducing CO2 emissions with 75%. Our methodology and working culture is determined by a continuous search for new low energy optimizing solutions. When choosing materials and advising a client on interior design, but also when acquiring new interior for the office. Therefore, we have gained a huge amount of knowledge and experience, giving us a unique position when designing sustainable buildings.
Social responsibility: Architecture is one of the fundamental pillars of our society. Worldwide, buildings account for 40% of CO2 emissions, through responsible architecture we can help to provide a higher life quality. We aim to create buildings, built from environmentally sound materials and buildings which contribute to a sustainable and responsible society.
In 2010 Christensen & Co. signed the UN Global Compact´s 10 principles, the world´s biggest social responsibility initiative. In our annual rapport we describe our work method, when approaching new projects. We constantly seek out new innovative solutions, through close collaborations and extensive research.
Our ambition is to constantly challenge architectural methods and processes. We believe that unique and characteristic solutions occurs when location, function, culture or climate challenges the architectural intention; Sustainability through integrated design.