Johanna Bendlin


Growing Horizons


Growing horizons is an investigation of space beyond surface. The project connects a discomforting hydrological condition in rural Denmark to the greater narrative of planetary survival.  

           Southern Jutland, DK





Soil, the Pedosphere, develops at the interface of the Earth’s four spheres: Atmosphere, Biosphere, Lithosphere and Hydrosohere, and forms the skin of the Earth. The work introduces pedospheric key facts and translates scientific knowledge.



The project proposes a framework for new interactions between geology and future climatic conditions. Low-lying grounds are set out of agricultural production. Constituting mainly sand soils they are performing worse for farming already today and are subject to flooding. ‘Growing horizons’ envisions a network of wetland woodlands. While the large scale afforestation initiates pedogenic processes and boost the storage capacities of the ground for carbon and water, horizons of soil and a canopy of trees grow simultaneously.

Post River

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Collaboration with Magdalena Grienig

           Tampere, Finland





New Land


The project explores Copenhagens aquatic landscape and past and current relations between city and sea. Investigations into geological, biological and geographical relations were made to scrutinize the cities’ ambitious plans on a large scale landfill of ‘Lynetteholmen’ in the Northern harbour. The project detaches from existing entanglements with econmic and infrastrucutural development and attempts to communicate the true preliminaries to create ‘building ground’.

Studio det Hybride KADK

Supervised by Kristine Jensen

           Copenhagen, DK





New Land proposes a raise of the seabed at strategic points, so that the Kongedyb channel remains the cities entrance seawards while the geological formation of Middelgrund gets emphasized. 







Ground becomes figure and the motif of the ‘island’ is reversed. Within a built framework that protects the space from northbound wind, natural strategies are applied to induce sedimentation processes. 

Genesis and the production of space


While it takes several thousand years to form fertile soils they can be destroyed in only an hour. Mankind moves more than twice the earth and soil than all of the oceans, rivers and lakes combined and became the most important factor in surface forming processes. Goal of this work is to understand the formation of ground in new earth-human-systems. 




Vestvolden is a fourteen kilometer long rampart complex south west of Copenhagen. Stretching from Utterslev Mose to the Køge bay it was Denmarks largest fortification system built to protect the city from foreign invasion. Today the place is used sparingly in view of its great potential and urban proximity and has a strong need for new interpretations. How do can history be set into a contemporary meaning?

Studio det Spredte KADK 

Supervised by Tanja Jordan, Bjørn Ginman and Kristine Jensen 

           Copenhagen, DK