Next phase of the Aalborg Waterfront completes
22.9.2015 | The extensive transformation of the Aalborg Waterfront reaches another milestone today with the grand opening of the areas around Musikkens Hus (the House of Music), which add new qualities to one of the most popular port regeneration projects in Denmark.
The concert hall Musikkens Hus by Coop Himmelblau opened in spring 2014, followed shortly after by the other buildings in the area, and now the public outdoor spaces are also finished. This is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Aalborg, and it has spanned many years. COWI, C.F. Møller Landscape and ÅF Lighting have been responsible for the House of Music area, after the team’s successful work on the earlier phases of the central waterfront.
The overall ambition of the transformation has been to give the use of the port back to the city, and to link the central urban districts to the fjord. The first phase of the new waterfront was opened in late 2011, and the multiple-award winning design – including the Danish Lighting Award, the Roadway Prize, the Danish Construction Industry's honorary award and Aalborg Municipality Architecture Award - has set a high standard for the next phases of the development.
Dune landscapes and flood protection
The central idea of the second phase is the continuation of the waterfront promenade as a "marsh" in combination with a light curving plinth, upon which the buildings are located as in a raised dune landscape. The planting consists of trees, shrubs and grasses that are native to North Jutland fjord landscape.
The raised plinth provides flood protection, and the incisions carved into it create a series of spaces with varied functions – protected from the wind by the plinth’s sides, which are designed as seating steps.
In contrast to the fine materials used in the plinth, the other surfaces used in the area are raw and simple, in asphalt, in situ-cast concrete and wood – just as in the first stage of Aalborg Waterfront.
The inauguration will take place Tuesday, September 23 at. 15.30