Port of Aarhus
C.F. Møller Architects
C.F. Møller Architects
Aarhus Blueline is a new landscape concept, which creates a unique Aarhusian blue-green attraction, while simultaneously strengthening underwater life. Aarhus Blueline activates the south pier at the planned new outer harbour in Aarhus, with a curving jetty that integrates a lagoon, lookouts and bastions for fishing, sports and leisure, with larger underwater stone reefs that increase biodiversity - at the same time making the harbour area more accessible and richer in experiences.
The Aarhus Blueline reaches far out into the bay and opens opportunities to view the sea and the city from a completely new angle. In this way, the harbour can contribute to the city's recreational activities, in the same way that the river vale, and the Marselis and Risskov woods frame the city along the water today.
Aarhus Blueline is composed of different zones with very different atmospheres. From the open and exposed pier edge, over a hillier dune landscape and to a denser plantation zone that frames the area and shields the industrial harbour with denser and higher planting.
The special thing about Aarhus Blueline is the fusion between blue and green natural elements. On the one hand, you move through and on the edge of a coastal landscape that brings together the open dune landscape and the more densely planted plantation landscape. On the other hand, you get the opportunity to move right down to the water and go exploring in and around the marine environment.
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.
Aarhus Blueline has been created in collaboration with Denmark's Nature Conservation Association, Denmark's Sports Fishing Association, Aarhus University and Aarhus Municipality.