House of Peace, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014)
Also referred to as ‘HOPE’, this cloud-shaped structure was designed as a symbol of peace for Copenhagen’s Norhavn Harbour and was featured in Ishigami’s ‘Free Architecture’ exhibition in Paris. The building features a boating lake beneath an enormous billowing cloud roof. Floating atop the lake, the boats are designed to represent lily pads resting on a body of water. The structure was designed to offer people a space for reflection, in silence, free from exterior disturbances or attention-grabbing signage beneath its plain white roof. The commissioners’ intent for the building was a space with a neutral, unbiased environment that would stand as a constant testimony to each individual’s wish for peace.