BIG Breaks Ground in Aarhus

new urban development of Aarhus

City leaders, business owners, local design community and residents came together to celebrate the groundbreaking of one of the largest projects in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city and the European Culture Capital 2017. Sitting at the intersection between bay and harbor, city and nature – the 26,500 m2 development mixes the most dominant typologies of the existing urban mass in Aarhus city, blending courtyard buildings, row houses and towers all in one building.

new urban development of Aarhus
Image © Bjarke Ingels Group

AARhus is located at the tip of the manmade island Ø4, in the new urban development of Aarhus Ø. The development sits at the intersection between bay and harbor, city and nature – offering spectacular views of both. BIG proposes to mix the most dominant typologies of the existing urban mass in Aarhus city, blending courtyard buildings, row houses and towers all in one building.

new urban development of Aarhus
Image © Bjarke Ingels Group

Each corner of the building peaks at various heights: a stepped roofscape creates large private terraces for outdoor activities at different levels. As an extension of the elevated outdoor space a continuous balcony wraps around the building – only to be punctuated by smaller balconies inside the courtyard that offer ample outdoor space for all residential units.

new urban development of Aarhus
Image © Bjarke Ingels Group

The courtyard, the green heart of AARhus, offers a shared garden for all residents to grow vegetables, fruit trees and host outdoor community dinners.At street level, the building offers various distinct functions of space for both private owned maritime leisure units and commercial use to support the city’s burgeoning redevelopment. Towards north-east two story canal-houses face the water, allowing direct access for a walk or a swim.

new urban development of Aarhus
Image © Bjarke Ingels Group

At the south-west corner a shared community space bleeds into the urban space with a large terrace in front. This multi-use space creates a lively façade towards the surrounding streets, while simultaneously covering the parking areas hidden at the central plinth of the building. At its essence, AARhus embraces the existing architectural legacy of Denmark’s second largest city, while also signaling a dynamic addition to the skyline of the harbor and the city. Source by Bjarke Ingels .

new urban development of Aarhus
Image © Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Location: Aarhus, Denmark
  • Architects: Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Partners in Charge : Bjarke Ingels, Finn Nørkjær, Andreas Klok Pedersen
  • Project Leader:SørenMartinussen
  • Project Manager: Jesper Bo Jensen
  • Project Team: Agne Rapkeviciute, Aaron Hales, Agne Tamasauskaite, Alberte Danvig, Aleksander Wadas, Anna Wisborg, Ariel Joy Norback Wallner, Brigitta Gulyás, Claes Robert Janson, Enea Michelesio, Frederike Werner, Hsiao Rou Huang, Ioana Fartadi Scurtu, Jacob Lykkefold Aaen, Jakob Andreassen, Jakob Ohm Laursen, Jan Magasanik, Jesafa Templo, Jesper Boye Andersen, Kamilla Heskje, Katarina Mácková, Katerina Joannides, Katrine Juul, Kekoa Charlot, Lise Jessen, Lucian Racovitan, Lucian Tofan, Roberto Outumuro, Sergiu Calacean, Sofie Maj Sørensen, Spencer Hayden, Teodor Javanaud Emden, Tobias Hjortdal, Tore Banke, Xuefei Yan
  • Collaborators: MT Højgaard, MOE, 1:1 Landskab
  • Client: Kilden & Mortensen APS
  • Area: 26500 m2
  • Year: 2016
  • Images: Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

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