Henius House. C.F. Møller. Photo: Jørgen True

Henius House

The Eternit area (called Eternitten) is a brownfield site, two kilometres south of the city of Aalborg, which previously housed the Danish Eternit factories in Aalborg. It is now under the transformation from cement industry to new urban district.
 Henius House. C.F. Møller. Photo: Jørgen True
Facts

Client

Himmerland Housing Association

Address

Aalborg, Denmark

Size

16000 m² (12,000 m²/240 youth residences + 4,000 m²/45 family homes)

Year

2011-2013

Client consultant

Kuben Management A/S

Construction

A. Enggaard A/S

Engineering

Niras

Architect

C.F. Møller Architects

Landscape

C.F. Møller Landscape

Awards
Awards
  • Prefab Concrete Award. 2015
  • Ugo Rivolta European Architecture Award, shortlisted. 2015
  • Utzon Statuette. 2015
  • Aalborg Municipality Architecture Award. 2014

The 240 new youth homes - called Henius House after Isidor Henius who owned the Eternit areas in 1896 - is a modern youth housing development with emphasis on the social community.

Optimizing the circulation and gross areas of the complex has successfully provided funds to upgrade the shared facilities: The buildings offer both shared kitchen facilities and common rooms on various floors, common fitness facilities, internet café and workshops as well as outdoor areas designed for sports, movement, health and social life. The roofs are used for a ball court and various roof terraces, and the common facilities are highlighted with colours, graphics and scenographic lighting to emphasize their importance in the complex.

Six buildings in all, with four to five storeys each, are oriented so that all residents are secured the best possible light and views of the area – which is on a ridge overlooking the city, the valley of Østerådal and the Limfjord strait. The buildings meet the requirements for Danish low-energy class 2015.

The youth residences are flexible in their design to ensure optimal opportunities for future adaptations of the interiors, so that two youth residences for example can be merged into a family home or a shared flat.

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