Djernes & Bell is an architectural practice based in Copenhagen with a special interest in what already exists: built, material, human, natural.

Founded in 2020 by Jonas Djernes and Justine Bell, the practice follows a contextual, process-based approach that prioritises function and experience, as well as a humanistic view of materiality, construction and space. Their focus is on creating physically and culturally relevant architecture with a special interest in working with existing built-fabric.

Prior to starting their own studio, Djernes and Bell collaborated on many independent design and architecture projects around the world. Both have many of international experience at award-winning architectural practices in the United Kingdom and Denmark.

Justine Bell

A graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture (where she was awarded the Sir Banister Fletcher Medal) and the University of Cape Town, Justine has worked with John Pawson and Carmody Groarke in London and Gottlieb Paludan in Copenhagen. She was lead architect for the RIBA award winning Highgate House. Other recent projects include the Life House for Living Architecture, Kitzbuhel House, House and Studio Lambeth, Winderemere Jetty Museum competition and a sustainable Biomass Power Plant in Copenhagen. Justine is an external lecturer at Aarhus School of Architecture, Design & Build Studio and a visiting teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture, The Institute of Architecture and Culture. Justine contributes to the magazine Ark Journal and is part of the steering committee for Danish Architects Declare.

She regularly gives lectures on adaptive reuse combined with restorative and reparative ecologies. 

Jonas Djernes

A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture (specialising in Cultural Heritage and Transformation), Jonas worked with 6a architects and Caruso St. John in London and Leth & Gori in Copenhagen. Jonas taught at the Institute for Architecture and Technology at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture. His recent projects include the Stirling and RIBA award-winning Newport Street Gallery in London, the Tate Milbank Project, The Elephant House (which won the 2019 Store Arne) , The Ballet Dancers House and the Museum of Copenhagen


Djernes & Bell Architecture
+45 40819205
CVR:  39889617

Advisory Board

Janne Villadsen & Mads Mandrup 


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Djernes & Bell er en tegnestue placeret i København, med en særlig interesse for det allerede eksisterende: det byggede, det materielle, det menneskelige, det naturlige.

Grundlagt i 2020 af Jonas Djernes og Justine Bell, følger tegnestuen en kontekstuel samt process baseret tilgang, der prioriterer funktion og oplevelse, lige så vel som det menneskelige syn på materialer, konstruktion og rum. Deres fokus er, at skabe fysisk og kulturel relevant arkitektur, med en særlig optagethed i at arbejde med eksisterende bygninger.

Forud for at starte egen tegnestue, har Djernes & Bell samarbejdet med mange uafhængige design og arkitekt projekter verden over. Begge har stor international erfaring med prisvindende tegnestuer i England og Danmark.