Tower of Wind

The Tower of Wind is meant as a monument celebrating sustainable architecture, in which the public can experience a journey through the history of meteorology and get an insight into how future technology can help combat climate challenges. Every city should have a weather temple like this meteorological pavilion and beautiful light Tower for how we together the public, science, architecture, art and sustainable business can build a better future. 

Anna Maria Indrio, (Atenastudio) Project Lead

Henning Frederiksen
Christian Fogh

Simone Aaberg Kærn

Tower of Wind will stand as a sustainable pavillon under UIA CPH 2023 for 4 months. UNESCO International Architecture Conference in Copenhagen 2023.

Tower of Wind with art by Simone Aaberg Kærn integrated into the architecture and function of the tower.

Visit Tower of Wind at Ofelia Plads Copenhagen to learn more. The tower and all element will be upscale reused after the exhibition in Copenhagen.

The Golden Globe with the main ocean currents, 120 cm Ø -leaf metal by Simone Aaberg Kærn 2023.


‘The Tower of Wind’ was at night envisioned as a lighthouse of architectural beauty, guiding us towards a more sustainable future.

We need to think about the creative process of social responsibility. What will be brought to us on the wings of the eight winds in the future? Who will protect us from the devastating effects of climate collapse? Why do we not act when science tells us the need to come about?

The artist Simone Aaberg Kærn collaborated with architects, a mathematician, and meteorologists to create artworks both on and inside the Tower of Wind, where she replaced the Greek weather deities with the signifiers used by weather scientists to inform, soothe us, or warn us. The tower features eight laser-cut friezes made from plates of reused brass, each depicting an artistic interpretation of extreme weather patterns from the eight wind directions, a sundial, and a golden sphere hanging from the ceiling with a relief of the main ocean currents driving our weather.

The artwork is an interpretation of the Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes with a modern twist. Rather than depicting the eight wind deities as gods in superhuman poses as on the ancient Tower, the new artwork displays the complex relationship between surface winds, high-level winds, and extreme weather patterns that are increasingly common due to climate change. The artist collaborated with weather scientists from Denmark’s Meteorological Institute, incorporating their predictions of future extreme weather events and analyzing maps of past extreme weather events that are likely to occur more frequently in the future. The friezes are her artistic interpretation of this collaboration.

On the exterior of the tower, the artist placed a sundial, while on the interior, visitors will find a 1.2-meter diameter golden sphere hanging from the ceiling, representing the sun and our planet with its main ocean currents on its surface. Ocean currents are patterns of water movement that influence climate zones and weather patterns around the world. The most important ocean current for Denmark is the Gulf Stream, a warm ocean current that flows from the Gulf of Mexico to the North Atlantic, bringing heat and moisture that help to moderate the climate of Western Europe. However, global warming has caused the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, leading to an influx of freshwater into the North Atlantic, disrupting the pump that drives the Gulf Stream and weakening its flow. This weakening of the Gulf Stream could cause significant changes to the climate in Northern Europe, with potentially devastating consequences for Denmark. Without the Gulf Stream’s warming influence, Denmark could experience colder winters, which could lead to problems with snow and ice, as well as damage to crops and infrastructure.

During the exhibition, the rainwater falling through the circular opening in the tower’s top will hit the sphere hanging above visitors’ heads. The rain will drip down onto the tower floor for visitors to observe and interact with the installation. As the rainwater runs down the sphere’s naked metal-plated surface, the surface will slowly patina, creating its own streams. Over four months, the rain pattern on the sphere will be a changing delicate painting of the Tower of Wind’s own microclimate, interacting with the air quality of Copenhagen close to the sea.

Simone Aaberg Kærn have created the 8 weather frizer on top f the octogonal tower in brass by asking meterologist what weather from the past will we get a lot more of in the future?


The Golden Globe by Simone Aaberg Kærn in Tower of Wind


Building up the Tower – CLT Drone Photo: Svend Sandbæk


Tower of Wind 2023 Ofelia Plads Copenhagen.



Simone Aaberg Kærn has carefully covered a previously plastic lamp with leaf metal. A time-consuming yet beautiful and wonderful process, especially as it took place at Skiltefabrikken in Copenhagen – they have a splendid work environment and an artistic crew.



The Golden Globe with main ocean currents- by Simone Aaberg Kærn 2023 – Photo: Simone Aaberg Kærn 2023



Our Team: 

Anna Maria Indrio, (Atenastudio) Project Lead

Henning Frederiksen
Christian Fogh

Simone Aaberg Kærn

DMI (Danish Meteorological Institute)

Main Sponsors:
CLT Denmark A/S, and the CLT panels are produced by KLH Massivholz GmbH, Austria
Standard System Engineering, Denmark/Italy
Bevica Fonden

Associate Sponsors:
Statens Kunstfond
Ofelia Plads Foundation
Aarhus Airport

Ole Nonbye a/s
Luci Ombre Srl
Maximus Kran & Specialtransport A/S
Slagelse Lift A/S
All Remove A/S
Carl Ras A/S

Laura Cesaroni, Architect,
Celina Holck, Architect,
Carolina Zecca, Architect,
Antje Christensen, Mathematician

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