The design magazine Wallpaper* has chosen Danish architect Eva Harlou to be “Best Breakthrough Designer 2007”.
It was soon after graduating from the Aarhus School of Architecture in 2003 that Eva Harlou found herself playing a key role at Copenhagen architects 3XN, where she managed competition entries and gained a vital understanding of how the architecture world functions.
After working on potential schemes all over Europe, she set up her own studio in 2006, focusing on small-scale residential work as well as giant masterplans with the ambition of working on every aspect of the built environment.
In Eva Harlou’s mind architecture is both handcraft and art. Most of all architecture is framing human life. With architecture comes a great responsibility of trying to understand the human nature.
Her philosophy is that architecture has to be both functional, durable and beautiful. Furthermore she finds it very important that architecture reveals a clear and understandable concept – tells a simple story. Eva Harlou doesn’t believe that “less is more”, but she enjoys when simple and beautiful geometrical shapes solve all challenges in a project. Architecture doesn’t have to be difficult and innovative architecture doesn’t have to look like something exploded.
Especially Eva Harlou’s housing-projects have lately drawn a lot of attention. The architecture projects are innovative, genuine and very recognizable with her interpretation of classical geometrical shapes.