C.F. Møller Architects reveals new tower for a prominent location in Aarhus
7.5.2018 | Byggeselskabet Olav de Linde and C.F. Møller Architects have published plans for a 144-metre high office building which, as a bright, sculptural landmark in close proximity to the Port of Aarhus, will combine city life and cultural history with attractive new cultural and business facilities, together with public restaurants, in the same building.
All over the world, old industrial port areas are being transformed into vibrant new quarters with striking buildings and new recreational spaces for city residents. Aarhus is no exception in this respect, in view of the rapid development of its port area. In addition Byggeselskabet Olav de Linde and C.F. Møller Architects have published plans for a new business tower at the address Mindet 6 in Aarhus.
Integrating the old and the new
The starting point for the tower is an existing historical industrial complex, with its legacy of the port’s industry and culture in former times. The impressive structure will be preserved and supplemented with a new tower integrated into the existing complex. The tower’s basic geometry originates from the existing building, and the tower unites the new with the old in both an urban and architectural context.
The historical qualities of the existing building will continue to be apparent, and will also gain new life from being opened up towards the surroundings, to create attractive outdoor and indoor relations. On the roof of the old building, a new, publicly-accessible green rooftop garden environment will be established, with a number of cultural and activity environments such as a restaurant, orangery and kitchen gardens.
“It’s been important for us to develop the old building and open it up to create a vibrant new area in the port for all residents. The overall project will create an entirely new green and dynamic entrepreneurial environment in Aarhus, as part of the city’s new recreational belt stretching all the way from the port to Marselisborg Forest. In this way, we are combining the new and the old, the city and the landscape, and residents and business,” says Olav de Linde, CEO and owner of Byggeselskabet Olav de Linde.
Bright and slender
The actual tower is designed as a bright and slender, three-dimensional sculptural landmark, contributing vertical green foyers to both the near and wider urban context.
The facades are built up with a visually interesting and spatial relief in light terrazzo, which is shaped to mirror the sun’s orientation, with focus on ensuring optimum daylight conditions, a good outlook and a healthy indoor climate.
The building’s geometry, with its three cantilevering vertical foyers and the divisions of the facades, means that the building’s profile is oriented to every side, with a characterful and textural effect on several scales.
The location’s potential, with its proximity to the city and the sea, favourable daylight conditions and outlook, and historical structural legacy, is the backdrop for a very special atmosphere, ensuring a unique project that is clearly anchored in the location’s industrial history.
“Ouridea and vision have been to create a bright and slender tower that is fully integrated with the existing structure. The building is oriented to all sides and, from all 360 degrees, appears open and welcoming. This helps to create attractive lives for users, residents and the city, by weaving the old and the new together, with openness as the unifying thread. The high degree of public access will make the project a significant catalyst for urban and professional activities,” says Michael Kruse. architect and partner at C.F. Møller Architects.
Mindet 6 will thus constitute an integrated urban landmark and future reference point for Aarhus, with an open and welcoming profile.
Currently, the project has been submitted to the City of Aarhus for consultation, and it is hoped that construction can commence within around 18 months’ time.
35,500 m² new construction
5,600 m² existing construction
Height 144 m
Parking based on the official parking standards
Ground level and rooftop recreational areas
Public restaurant, Gastro LAB, Orangery and roof terrace on the third floor
Public Restaurant on the 38th floor
Client: Ejendomsselskabet Olav de Linde
Architect: C.F. Møller Architects
Landscape: C.F. Møller Landscape
Engineer: Søren Jensen and SOM