Together with his partner Mette Tony, Mads Bjørn Hansen founded Praksis in 2006. At the same time, the couple moved to a small island near Svendborg in Southern Denmark, where they still have their main office. Despite its remote location, Praksis has gradually developed into one of Denmark’s most significant practices, dealing both new buildings, transformation and restauration. A couple of bigger projects in Copenhagen in the recent years, have made it necessary to open an office in Copenhagen as well.
What characterizes Praksis’ works is a very distinguished approach to the place and the materials used, making every new building from the office something quite bespoke and unique. Praksis has a strong interest in history and building tradition, and they believe in the fact, that contemporary architecture should always be a result of deep studies in tradition. Brilliant examples of this practice, are Forskerboligerne and Frihavnstårnet in Copenhagen and Sydbank in Odense, all of them opened in 2017.
Mads Bjørn Hansen and Mette Tony were both educated at the Royal Academy, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. Mads Bjørn Hansen has taught at the Royal Academy and worked for Peter Zumthor, before Praksis was founded. Praksis has received a tsunami of prestigious prices in the recent years, including Nykredits Arkitekturpris, Dreyers Fonds Hæderspris and Store Arne.