Simon Hjermind Jensen explores organic form, space and construction in his practice and he creates architectural structures and models.
His works emerge from a desire to create relations with – and between – humans, structures and places. Organic forms found in landscapes and vegetation inspire Hjermind Jensen, and he has a special interest in the emotions experienced through observing these forms. The emotions create a feeling of relation and belonging. And Hjermind Jensen sees an architectural potential in this. It has led him to the concept of sympathy: Through a sympathetic relationship with form, space and structure it is possible to establish a feeling of belonging.
During the past years he has developed a structural concept based on the strength of the curve, which minimizes the use of material. This concept is inspired by the work of the tailor where two-dimensional surfaces are sewn into three-dimensional objects. And to work with patterns to construct the creation is just as essential to Simon as it is to the tailor. Simon likes to term this structural concept as a spatial ornament. This is both because the patterns span in three dimensions and because the patterns are based on structural, aesthetic and subjective choices.
Sometimes he takes initiative to start a project himself, other times a project is developed from the ideas of a private or public client. As a project is developed possibilities arise. These possibilities motivate him to explore and they create a curiosity that often drives him from project to project.
Simon starts each project analogously letting his intuition, senses and experience guide him, before he analyses and builds his project digitally. Later construction elements are fabricated with CNC technology, and assembled on site.
In recent years he has added a ceramic aspect to his practice. This allows him to fully integrate an intuitive approach into the process, and further develop the theory of his construction technique. It also allows him to explore and express sympathy in solid form before studying it architecturally.
The works of Simon Hjermind Jensen have been featured in several architectural magazines, such as Arkitekten (Danish), A10 (European), Pasajes Arquitecture (Spanish) and Concept (Korean), as well as in books by Gestalten, Braun and Birkhauser, and online.
He graduated in 2007 from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen with part of his study time at RMIT in Melbourne. After graduation he worked for C. F. Møller Architects in London. He founded his own practice in 2010. Often he works and collaborates with other related professionals and assistants in realizing projects.