How It All Started
As former CEO and founder of MENU, Bjarne Hansen has taken on a new venture with a strong vision to connect kindred spirits from across the globe, through this new space concept, The Audo. With a clear idea in mind, he brought together different creative individuals and began the journey to manifest his dream together with Norm Architects and Nathan Williams from Kinfolk.
The Audo is a new space in Copenhagen facilitating and celebrating human interaction and connection, as well as artistic expression. The name, Audo, is an abbreviation of the latin phrase Ab Uno Disce Omnes meaning ”from one, learn all”, defining the space as a place for people to share ideas, experiences and knowledge. The Audo is a meeting place where the international art and design community can come together, collaborate, experiment, and incorporate the inspiration they find into a unique story that they can then share with the world.
“Blurring the lines been home-life and work, uniting design, business and communication in one innovative, physical space that is alive and under constant renewal, The Audo as a concept is a unique place to experience elements of our built environment as a whole, where products from the worlds’ premium design brands will engage in dialogue”, Bjarne Hansen says about his vision for the Audo.
The Audo is a new space in Copenhagen facilitating and celebrating human interaction and connection, as well as artistic expression.
Creative collaboration is at the heart of the vision for the house, offering fresh ideas, encounters, and inspiration to The Audo’s guests. In short, the space acts as a stage for users and makers to meet and better understand each other’s wishes and needs. On top of this, the space provides an opportunity for creatives to be involved in the shaping of the world through the arts, and acts as a platform for partaking in the conversation about what creative work is and could be.
The Audo’s architecture team, led by Norm Architects founder Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Norm Architects partner Peter Eland, transformed a disused merchant house for a shipping magnate in Nordhavn, Copenhagen’s new waterfront city district and former industrial port. The Audo’s building is one of the oldest in the area, and, as an homage to the historic character, Norm Architects chose to preserve the building’s façade.