Book Review - Welfare Architecture for All, C. F. Møller Architects

In the recent years, Danish architects have been making big name for themselves, working globally, bringing their human-centric design to the rest of the world. This is a result of persistent effort both by the agencies and the architects, to recognise the role of architecture that prioritises the welfare of society while acknowledging their roots in Nordic traditions.

Welfare Architecture for All is the new monograph for C. F. Moller Architects, which presents the firm’s work through a series of thematic chapters. This is not an extensive monograph, covering 90 years of firm’s history; instead the book takes a deep dive into the firm’s recent work through the lens of current issues dominating the architecture profession. C. F. Moller Architects is one of the largest and most distinguished architecture firms practicing in Scandinavia. Firm’s journey is closely knitted with the rise of Danish architecture and explores the underlayer which forms the basis of architecture for welfare society. Grounded in Nordic traditions, their work uniquely integrates urban design, landscape and architecture by bringing together the functional, artistic and social values in design.

The book starts with an essay by Julian Weyer, who is a partner in the firm. In the opening chapters, she sets out the agenda with which C. F. Moller Architects approach their work. The essay is a good introduction for anyone who is not familiar with the firm’s work and in larger context, Danish Architecture for welfare society. Immediately following this, is my favourite essay in the book, written by Kent Martinussen, director of Danish Architecture Centre. He explores the history and conditions which helped shape the Danish architecture and design into a strong national as well as a global brand that currently occupies a strong position in the global architecture scene.  

Adam Mørk 
Adam Mørk 

The book explores the firm’s work in six typological chapters: “Living well”, “A well planet”, “Working well”, “Healing well”, “Learning well”, and “Moving well”. It brings together a diverse team of writers to contribute opening essays discussing the challenges as our cities evolve and explore how architecture can help us live, work, learn, heal and move better through the diverse portfolio of C. F. Moller’s current and future projects. I particularly enjoyed reading ‘Working well’ by Ellinor Thunberg, that highlights how the workplace is adapting to the changes in tech and how C. F. Møller Architects, through various case studies, is redefining how we work and collaborate. The case studies highlight the role of biophilia, natural light and the role of social integration to create a workplace which is all about promoting human interaction and sets a global standard for us to follow.

The book is richly illustrated with thirty-eight case studies, giving in-depth look at the new generation projects that the studio is producing. This book is not so much about the legacy of the firm but about looking towards the future and addressing issues that are omnipresent. By the time a reader is done reading this book, I am confident, they would have, in essence, understood what it means to build buildings for the people; that it is a strong mix of tradition and innovation, gives back to the environment and leaves a positive footprint – qualities which are quintessentially Danish.

Adam Mørk 



Welfare Architecture for All - C. F. Møller Architects

Good architecture can shape a better future – both for people and planet.

This thoughtful and beautifully presented book illuminates the human, holistic and generous approach to architecture by C.F. Møller Architects. Unfolding the Scandinavian practice’s most recent projects, the book tackles today’s biggest themes in architecture and urban design to inspire a new welfare-centric approach in the industry.

A special introduction from Kent Martinussen, CEO at Dansk Arkitektur Center, tells the story of how architecture has helped create and support the welfare society in Denmark and across Scandinavia.

Essays from a selection of writers then explore how architecture can help us live, work, learn, heal and move better – as well as how it can help tackle climate degradation – through the lens of C.F. Møller’s ambitious projects.

Now more than ever is a time to build and design better – for the benefit of all.

C.F. Møller Architects is one of Scandinavia’s leading architectural firms, with 90 years of award-winning work in the Nordic region and worldwide

Today, C.F. Møller has approximately 300 employees. Their head office is located in Aarhus, Denmark, and they have branches in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Oslo, Stockholm, Malmö, London and Berlin.



Language: English
Text: Julian Weyer, Ellinor Thunberg, Debika Ray, Fiona Shipwright, Lauren Teague, Kent Martinussen, Jim McClelland
Editor: Francesca Perry
Graphic Design: WAAITT
No. of Pages: 382
Format: 210 x 285 mm
Binding: Hardcover
Publication Date: January 2021
ISBN: 978-91-985335-1-4