I am architect living and working in Copenhagen, currently running my own architecture studio (Jonathan Houser ApS, cvr: 37446114) alongside teaching at The Royal Academy of Art, School of Architecture.
The driving force in my work is the search for ideas that can act as the foundation of each project – clear ideas for every project that hold the promise of unfolding a world unique to the task at hand.
Depending on the requirements of the individual project I engage in collaborative work with various professionals from the fields of art, science and engineering in order to give client and project the highest level of professional advice.
Since receiving my Masters Diploma in Architecture from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 2014 I worked at Lundgaard and Tranberg Architects where I was design architect on the winning competition for a “Museum for the Danish Resistance 1940–45” which opened in 2020. I also took part in the development of schematic design for the new “Museum of Natural History” that is under construction within the Botanical Gardens in Copenhagen.
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Exhibition at Leth & Gori, Copenhagen, 2017
Supported by Margot og Thorvald Dreyers Fond and made at The Danish Art Workshops
Vessels is an exhibition that shows three architectural models of time and space. Three vessels, some to be understood as concrete ships for travelling, and all, as metaphorical containers of ideas about architecture.
A memorial for perished war sailors, a house for moths and a generation star ship, together form a temporal span embodying the past, the present and the future in an attempt at capturing the frailty of the moment and the vastness of eternity in the formal language of architecture. The work presented in the exhibition are all experiments in finding a poetic narrative for the art of building that is founded on ideas harvested outside the realm of architecture and the mainstream spectacle of our blogging times. Thus, a sonar image form the seabed off the coast of France becomes the proposal for a memorial that sends and echo from the past into the future, forming a wooden relief exactly modelled and transferred via digital crafting, the fading outlines of a Danish cargo ship sunken in 1944. Holometabola, the metamorphosis of moths and butterflies inside their cocoon, that completely rearranges every molecule of their organisms, from larvae to liquid to winged creatures of the night, becomes the founding principle for a temporary pavilion that re-interprets motives from the baroque period. The Circular River as imagined by Botticelli in the etchings for Dantes Divine Comedy is turned into the concept for a star ship that is destined for eternal travel through interstellar space driving the cinematic narrative of a documentary film.