Leth & Gori

Brick House
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Uffe Leth and Karsten Gori founded their Copenhagen firm in 2007. Both architects teach at the city's Royal Academy School of Architecture and value the constant conversation with students and colleagues. Their centrally located office also doubles as an exhibition space, another source of debate and discussion. However, ultimately they admit that 'the basis of making good architecture is hard work and more hard work. There is no way around it.' Of their own projects, the acclaimed Brick House is a favourite, with its emphasis on longevity, simplicity and low maintenance. This is an honest, straightforward evolution of the style that results in a modest, long-lasting home. The new Roof House in Fredensborg transforms an existing low-level house with a dramatic new roof structure. 'We've always sought the kind of freedom that comes from doing work that we are passionate about,' say Gori and Leth, 'and it's led to a very broad range of projects both in terms of programme and scale.' For the future - despite their aversion to 'business plans and strategic long term goals' - they hope to continue to develop the practice to follow their interests.
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Brick House

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Brick House

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Pulsen Community Centre

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Pulsen Community Centre

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Pulsen Community Centre

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Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020).