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The Århus Harbour development provides a huge opportunity for Denmark’s second largest city to grow in a socially sustainable way by renovating its old, out-of-use container terminal. The area is meant to become a living city quarter, comprised of a multitude of cultural and social activities, a generous number of workplaces, and of course, a highly mixed and diverse array of housing types.

The Iceberg Project seeks to locate itself within the goals of the overall city development.

A third of the project’s 200 apartments will be set aside as affordable rental housing, aimed at integrating a diverse social profile into the new neighbourhood development.

The project’s main obstacle is the density set up for the development, the desired square meters are in conflict with the specified site height restrictions and the overall intentions of providing ocean views along with good daylight conditions. The Iceberg negotiates this problematic, by remaining far below the maximum heights at points and emerging above the dotted line at other moments. ‘Peaks’ and ‘Canyons’ form; eliciting the project’s iconic strength while ensuring that all flats will be supplied with a generous amount of natural lighting and waterfront views. ‘With the Iceberg we get unique housing qualities as well as a city architectural expression of the highest quality’.

‘Århus will get a fantastic harbour front with unique architectural buildings that both in appearance and functionality prove that we are a city of grand ambitions. Our desire for this area goes beyond just a façade without life and purpose. We want a living city where everybody thrives, both, those who live and those who work in this “City near the harbour/De Bynære Havnearealer”.

SeARCH, CEBRA, JDS and Louis Paillard
Pensiondanmark Copenhague
Aarhus, DK
Video by:
Stijn Poelstra
Archdaily Building of the Year 2015, ARCHITIZER A+ award 2013, MIPIM award 2013