Connections across the pier
By letting the sea in at the back of the pier, a lagoon biotope is created, which will become a unique destination in Aarhus. The lagoon is intended as a place where children and families can come and gain a better understanding of the life that is underwater.
A series of different bastions invite different programs along and across the pier, from sitting and enjoying the view over the bay to fishing and diving to explore the reefs. The bastions are built in concrete that falls in and adapts to the levels of the pier, so that smaller niches are created.
At the end of the pier, a new wooden viewing tower gives visitors the opportunity to go up and experience Aarhus 360 degrees and can also serve as a referee's tower for sailing competitions.
"It has been important for us to take into account the citizens of the city in the project. This is something that several Aarhus residents have been asking for. The port area is currently a relatively restricted area because we have strict security requirements. But with the establishment of the Outer Harbour and Blueline, we actually have the opportunity to open up the harbour more and provide a new recreational meeting point for the citizens”, says Thomas Haber Borch, CEO, Aarhus Havn.
Aarhus Blueline has been created in collaboration with the Port of Aarhus, Denmark's Nature Conservation Association, Denmark's Sports Fishing Association, Aarhus University and Aarhus Municipality.
The concept is planned to be realised as a unique part of an extension of the harbour, called Yderhavnen (Outer Harbour) by the Port of Aarhus, which awaits planning approval from the Municipality of Aarhus.