The Climate City has been selected for the International Architecture Biennale in 2016


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By Morten Korsgaard Pederse, December 29, 2015

The partnership behind The Climate City (KlimaByen) in Middelfart is proud to announce that The Climate City is one of the projects that is going to be exhibited at the Danish pavilion at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2016.

The theme of the Danish pavilion at the Biennale in 2016 is new Danish humanism. The ambition is to create a sensual wonder-room displaying an abundance of Danish architecture projects and models, which have all been created with people in focus.

The Climate City in Middelfart is one of Denmark’s largest demonstration projects of urban development through climate adaptation. At the Biennale, the project will contribute with, among other things, the story of how value can be created across disciplines, administrations and organisations. And not least, the cadastral boundaries between the landowners who get water in their cellars when there is torrential rain, and those who do not. The Climate City project can help to show how a mutual problem of flooding can be addressed jointly through close and continuous dialogue between the municipality, the wastewater company and citizens on the development of the city they live in.

The Climate Harbour (KlimaHavnen) in Middelfart is also included

The Climate City is part of the Municipality of Middelfart’s strategic platform The Climate Laboratory (Klimalaboratoriet) under the focus area “Sustainable Cities”, where there is work on value creation in the tension field between urban development and climate change adaptation. The Climate City’s future sister project, The Climate Harbour, which is also part of The Climate Laboratory in Middelfart, has also been selected for the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2016. The Climate Harbour project, which is expected to be processed politically in early 2016, provides a strategic vision of how to deal with rising sea water and increased amounts of storm water in the central city centre and along the waterfront.

About the Architecture Biennale

The International Architecture Biennale in Venice is the world’s largest architecture event and takes place every two years. More than 60 national pavilions participate in exhibitions in the historical pavilions in the Giardini area of Arsenale and around the city. The Danish pavilion is one of the Architecture Biennale’s most popular pavilions. In 2014, the exhibition in the Danish pavilion was seen by more than 120,000 guests.

The exhibition officially opens on 28 May 2016, and runs until 27 November 2016.


Read more about the Danish contribution to the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2016 here.

Read more about the theme of the Architecture Biennale by clicking here.


The Climate City is to be realised during the period from July 2013 to December 2017 by Middelfart Spildevand (Wastewater), the Municipality of Middelfart in partnership with Realdania. The consultant team consists of GHB Landscape Architects and Adept, who won The Climate City’s architectural competition, technical consultant Orbicon and strategic developer consultant Bascon. The project has a total construction budget of 76.4 million DKK.
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For more information, please contact The Climate City and The Climate Harbour’s project architect Helle Baker Norden by mobile on +45 61 15 61 55.

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