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  7. New BIG-Designed Neighborhood to Activate Aarhus’ Waterfront

New BIG-Designed Neighborhood to Activate Aarhus’ Waterfront

New BIG-Designed Neighborhood to Activate Aarhus’ Waterfront
New BIG-Designed Neighborhood to Activate Aarhus’ Waterfront, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

BIG has unveiled plans for Bassin 7 (BSN7), a new civic-minded, mixed-use neighborhood in Denmark’s second largest city. The phased development will “breathe life into the harbor front,” placing importance on the public realm by organizing the site’s seven residential buildings with a series of recreational and cultural activities, including a beach zone, swimming pools, theater and cafe, along a public promenade. 

Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

Each of the seven buildings will be unique, ranging from low- to high-rise structures, and will include a private courtyard for residents. Pockets of new public spaces will intertwine the structures throughout the plot as they meander towards the waterfront promenade, which will connect residents to an existing boat harbor, nearby town square (Nikoline Kochs Plads) and the city center. 

“By designing the public space as the first step, the masterplan carefully mixes public programs with private residences, creating a new dynamic urban area where public and private realms converge,” stated BIG.

Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Store Torv 3, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  • Partners in Charge

    Bjarke Ingels, Finn Nørkjær, Andreas Klok Pedersen
  • Project Leader

    Søren Martinussen
  • Team

    Agne Rapkeviciute, Alberte Danvig, Ariel Norback Wallner, Jesefa Templo, Katerina Joannides, Nicolas Millot, Raphael Ciriani, Ryohei Koike, Spencer Hayden, Teodor Javanaud Emdén, Tore Banke
  • Client

    Aarhus Kommune, Anpartsselskabet Kilden & Mortensen
  • Collaborators

    GEHL Architects, Anpartsselskabet Kilden & Mortensen, CASA, MOE
  • Area

    100000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "New BIG-Designed Neighborhood to Activate Aarhus’ Waterfront" 25 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Richard · February 25, 2015

The renderings exactly capture Aarhus' atmospheric conditions which mean all day lens flare and evanescent crepuscular light. I am kidding. It's normally very windy at the harbour and turbulence is frequent and severe. This will never look as shown.

Tim · September 26, 2014

I wonder what happens at the top level of the wedge shaped building... doesn't look very spacious?


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