How Schønherr is Transforming Aarhus with Experimental Urban Interventions

08:00 - 30 January, 2016
The City Park / Schønherr. Image © Martin Dam Kristensen for Aarhus Festival
The City Park / Schønherr. Image © Martin Dam Kristensen for Aarhus Festival

Since 2010, the Danish architects from Schønherr have been developing a series of large-scale urban interventions for the Aarhus Festival, the largest cultural festival in Denmark. These temporary projects have transformed the streets and parks into extraordinary public spaces, changing the natural topography of the city to attract citizens and bring them together.

We present their last four projects: "The Forest" (2010), "The City Park" (2012), "The Plaza" (2014) and "Bishops Square" (to be completed this 2016).

The City Park / Schønherr. Image © Martin Dam Kristensen for Aarhus Festival The Plaza / Schønherr. Image © Martin Schubert The City Park / Schønherr. Image © Martin Dam Kristensen for Aarhus Festival The Plaza / Schønherr. Image © Martin Schubert +49

schmidt hammer lassen Architects Wins Competition to Design a Residential Block in Aarhus

06:00 - 19 January, 2016
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

“Valdemars Have” by schmidt hammer lassen Architects is an urban residential block located within walking distance of Aarhus, Denmark's main cultural attractions. By using and adding to the greenery of Aarhus, Valdemars Have seeks to be an oasis within the city and serve as a public, urban garden. Overall, there will be 106 apartments ranging from two-bedroom flats to penthouses with private roof terraces.

How Danish Architects Connect with Users to Provide Them With the Best Architecture Possible

08:00 - 11 January, 2016
Dokk1 / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Image © Adam Mørk
Dokk1 / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Image © Adam Mørk

The Architecture Project recently invited us to visit the city of Aarhus, Denmark as part of a press tour related to health and architecture (Better Health Press Tour 2015), with the aim of seeing the latest "healing" projects that are arising in the city.

Overshadowed for years by Copenhagen, Aarhus is a port city that seeks to reinvent itself and shine once again -- and it is succeeding. The pleasant surprise is that it is the architects who have driven this change. Architecture has invaded all of the city's spaces, from the forgotten industrial port to the downtown areas full of historical buildings.

This visit has taught us some important lessons: "healing architecture" isn't only about hospital projects, but rather about encouraging people, about creating friendly spaces to live and coexist, and about getting as connected as possible with users to give them what they really need. 

Check out some of the strategies used to achieve these goals after the break. 

Create with Aarhus, Schulbau Fair in Hamburg. Image Courtesy of The Architecture Project Create with Aarhus, Schulbau Fair in Hamburg. Image Courtesy of The Architecture Project Create with Aarhus, in Aarhus. Opening of the exposition in Dokk1. Image Courtesy of The Architecture Project Create with Aarhus, in Hamburg. Image Courtesy of The Architecture Project +40

BIG, SANAA and Lacaton & Vassal Preselected in Competition to Design the New Aarhus School of Architecture

16:00 - 18 November, 2015
The current Aarhus School of Architecture. Image Courtesy of Aarhus School of Architecture
The current Aarhus School of Architecture. Image Courtesy of Aarhus School of Architecture

After receiving applications from 42 teams to pre-qualify for participation in a competition to design the new Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, three teams have been selected: Lacaton & Vassal, along with Powerhouse and Kristine Jensens Tegnestue; SANAA, along with B+G Ingenieure and Sasaki and Partners; and BIG along with Transform, Rambøll and SLA.

Bestseller Aarhus / CF Moller

03:00 - 18 November, 2015
© Adam Mork
© Adam Mork

© Adam Mork © Adam Mork © Adam Mork © Adam Mork +76

schmidt hammer lassen to Expand ARoS Aarhus Art Museum

16:00 - 10 November, 2015
Your Rainbow Panorama / Studio Olafur Eliasson. Image Courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson
Your Rainbow Panorama / Studio Olafur Eliasson. Image Courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson

schmidt hammer lassen architects has been commissioned to expand their ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark. The architects are expected to collaborate with American artist James Turrell, who will be designing two installations for the expansion's 1200-square-meter subterranean gallery: "The Sphere" and "The Dome." The €30 million expansion is being referred to as "The Next Level," symbolizing the museum's intent to "bring the museum into the world elite of modern art museums." The museum recently embarked on a similar collaboration that involved artist Olafur Eliasson, who designed "Your Rainbow Panorama."

Arkitema Designs Municipal Office Building for Aarhus

08:00 - 5 November, 2015
Interior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Arkitema Architects
Interior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

In the midst of the transformation of Gellerup, a suburb of Denmark’s second largest city Aarhus, the decision has been made to move 950 municipal workplaces to the area’s centre and the contract for the new building, named Gellerup Nord, has been awarded to Arkitema Architects. Incorporating municipal work and meeting spaces with public functions like restaurants, cafes and a rooftop lounge, the building will produce an entrepreneurial “start-up environment” to revitalize Gellerup.

Open Call: Drawing of the Year 2015

14:00 - 27 September, 2015
First prize, Drawing of the Year 2014: Olga Krukovskaya, Russia. Image via Aarhus School of Architecture
First prize, Drawing of the Year 2014: Olga Krukovskaya, Russia. Image via Aarhus School of Architecture

Aarhus School of Architecture, schmidt hammer lassen architects, VOLA, and the Danish Arts Foundation have announced their collaborative competition, entitled Drawing of the Year 2015, which calls for imaginative student drawings, and aims to “celebrate the oldest tool of architects.”

Students worldwide are invited to submit drawings “that inspire, communicate, and engage” with the theme of Sustainability Through Architecture. Thus, drawings “should focus on sustainability and architecture’s ambition to take an active part in the change of our society,” and “should address architecture’s ability to contribute to a sustainable environment on all scales—concepts, utopias, buildings, landscapes, and cities.”

VIA University College Aarhus City / Arkitema Architects

05:00 - 27 September, 2015
© Niels Nygaard
© Niels Nygaard

© Niels Nygaard © Niels Nygaard © Niels Nygaard © Niels Nygaard +27

aarhus arkitekterne Designs Revolutionary Proton Therapy Center for Denmark

07:00 - 2 September, 2015
Courtesy of aarhus arkitekterne
Courtesy of aarhus arkitekterne

Danish practice aarhus arkitekterne has won a competition to design the new Proton Therapy Centre for advanced cancer treatment in Aarhus, Denmark. As “the most advanced radiation center to date and the only one of its kind in Denmark,” as well as one of only a few in the world, the Centre will undoubtedly become a pioneer in cancer treatment.

Designed from the inside out, the building’s façades are meant to convey the function of the interior, “and tell the story of precision, which is they key component of proton therapy as a form of treatment,” according to the architects. Thus, the atrium of the building becomes central to its orientation, providing not only an axis, but also a source of natural lighting.

Monocle 24 Visits Some of the World's 'Second Cities'

08:00 - 22 August, 2015

For this week's edition of The Urbanist, Monocle's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team explore why being 'number two' is not always a bad thing in an episode about second cities and the ways in which they step out of their capital's shadow. From Milan to Melbourne, the team examine how and why some cities are carving their own niche in the international business and tourism markets. They also interview the Mayor of Aarhus about the challenges – and advantages – of governing Denmark’s second city.

The Infinite Bridge / Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter

03:00 - 14 July, 2015
© Aarhus I Billeder
© Aarhus I Billeder

© Peter Hastrup Jensen © Danish TM © Aarhus I Billeder © Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter +14

AA Visiting School: Aarhus

02:30 - 8 July, 2015
Variable Patterns through Mesh Planarisation - Relaxation of a high poly mesh in achieving planar surfaces; the colours represents each face's deviation from being planar. Image: Dave Reeves
Variable Patterns through Mesh Planarisation - Relaxation of a high poly mesh in achieving planar surfaces; the colours represents each face's deviation from being planar. Image: Dave Reeves

This summer the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) will be hosting a 10-day workshop in Aarhus, Denmark. The programme, which is a part of the AA's Visiting School Programme focuses on the role of digital fabrication in design by exploring patterns in complex geometries as a response to lighting conditions. The event is scheduled to take place between August 21-30, 2015.

Dokk1 / schmidt hammer lassen architects

02:00 - 23 June, 2015
© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +34

Moesgaard Museum / Henning Larsen Architects

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
© Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe

The new Moesgaard Museum is uniquely situated in the rolling bucolic landscape of Skåde. With its sloping roofscape of grass, moss and brightly-coloured wild flowers, the building is a powerful visual landmark perceptible even from the sea.

Villa R / C.F. Møller

01:00 - 15 January, 2015
© Julian Weyer
© Julian Weyer

© Julian Weyer © Julian Weyer © Julian Weyer © Julian Weyer +30

Friis & Moltke Designs Housing Complex as Conceptual Scandinavian Forest

00:00 - 26 December, 2014
© Friis & Moltke
© Friis & Moltke

Friis & Moltke has designed a new housing project in Aarhus inspired by a Scandinavian forest. Just as “moss-covered hillocks and majestic towering trunks with crowns filter light and create shimmering patterns on the forest floor,” says the architect, the Løvhusene housing complex adapts to its natural surroundings as circulatory “boardwalks” weave between a “forest” of clustered wooden residences, all centered around a shared community “clearing.”

New BIG-Designed Neighborhood to Activate Aarhus’ Waterfront

01:00 - 25 September, 2014
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.