The influx of students in Aarhus, Denmark is causing the city to rapidly expand. In response to the growing need for affordable housing close to the local university, 3XN teamed up with developer Jens Richard Pedersen to design a residential high-rise near the institution. The future tower has been dubbed La Tour as an ode to the building that currently occupies the site, Hotel La Tour.
Newly released renders and model photographs depict the tower as a sweeping semi-circular form that rises in steps. The gradual elevation of the building will start at the street, defining the transition from the surrounding small-scale buildings to the urban high-rise typology. For more information and images, read on after the break.
In 1941, at the height of World War II in Western Europe, the city of Aarhus, Denmark achieved an unusual architectural feat. It finished construction on a brand new city hall that was to be a beacon of democratic governance while the city lay under direct Nazi occupation. Designed four years earlier by the heralded duo of Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller, the Rådhus survived the war and became an internationally recognized classic of Danish modernism.
The biennale brings together people and organizations that work with media and the built environment: With media facades, with urban screens and with buildings that communicate – be it with colorful LEDs, flashing light bulbs, or with heat-sensitive concrete that ’freezes’ the shadows of passers-by. Across professions and nationalities, participants will create and discuss the media architecture of the future. And they will investigate how media architecture shapes people’s lives in the cities of the world.
More information after the break.
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter has won a competition to design a landmark urban sculpture in Aarhus Harbour, a new district in Denmark’s second largest city. The tower, shaped like a “sharp origami cut,” is designed to “celebrating vision and social encounters at the edge of the water.” Made of welded steel plates, the structure will be manufactured in a shipyard before being sailed to site.
ADEPT and Luplau Poulsen recently won the 1st prize for the new 15,500 m2 housing project at Aarhus Harbour, which was unveiled by Aarhus Municipality last week. The new prestigious building project, which has been named ‘Canal Houses,’ will be situated right next to ADEPT and Luplau & Poulsen’s other project, the ‘Harbour Houses’, which just started construction. The two projects will together form a full perimeter block. The project’s subdivisions into smaller buildings are underlined by using various brick bonds and tile colors. Hereby the facade concept from the Harbour Houses continues in a new interpretation, which contributes to unite the two houses. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The Media Architecture ‘Oscars’ were recently awarded for the first time at an internationally well attended ceremony in Aarhus, Denmark on November 16. Common features of the six awarded projects, which are very different winning projects, are their ability to integrate media and architecture – and the profound impact on their urban surroundings. More images and descriptions of the winning projects after the break.
On November 15th-17th leading architects, artists, scholars, and industry leaders from all over the Globe will meet up in Aarhus, Denmark to shape the media architecture of the future and discuss how media architecture is about to change our cities.
What happens when heat sensitive concrete ‘freezes’ the shadows of passers-by, or when a façade turns into a screen by means of thousands of tiny LED lights? What happens to architecture, people, and cities, when buildings turn into a type of digital media and allows citizens to communicate with each other in completely new ways?
Questions like these are increasingly relevant, as media architecture gains ground in cities all over the World. And they will be top of the agenda when these media architecture experts meet up in Aarhus in November.
“Media Architecture is changing the way we relate to traditional architecture,” General Chair of the biennale, Dr. Martin Brynskov, said. ”It is a field in rapid development, and we’re very much looking forward to hearing top experts’ take on how media architecture affects our perception of buildings and cities.”
More about the activities at Media Architecture Biennale 2012 after the break.
Located in the beautiful Marselisborg district, within the center of Aarhus city, is Marselisborg High School, one of Denmark’s most renowned schools, rich in tradition and history – often featured in books and movies. Today, Marselisborg High School is very popular among the students within the city of Aarhus. With this first prize winning new addition, designed by GPP Architects, the school will continue to meet the high demands of modern and visionary high school education requirements. More images and architects’ description after the break.
We’ve been covering CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard’s geometric harbor project for Arhus, Denmark. The huge project, which measures over 21,000 sqm, will include mixed dwellings types and commercial space. CEBRA has shared a few short video clips with us, highlighting the progress of the project. This featured clip is shot from the bridge connecting the future harbor promenade across the nearby canal. The grey concrete wall shown is the beginning of the southern facade (the actual floor is on top of the wall) and behind the wall is where the parking is situated.
Another video, as well as a few construction photos, after the break.
This year, undergraduate students from the Aarhus School of Architecture [check out previously featured student works from Aarhus] will be collaborating with Northern Europe’s largest cultural and music festival, the Roskilde. 125 students were involved in this two-month long project which ultimately resulted in a experimentation of light, materiality and space. Entitled Vintergatan [Swedish for Milky Way], the installation is a modular exercise as different sized triangles are combined to create varied spaces. The name refers to the installation’s main motif: a ribbon of light that surrounds the square in front of the Pavilion’s stage, where a series of upcoming bands will perform during the festival.
More images and more about the project after the break.