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  • LOCATION: AARHUS, DK
  • CLIENT: RAUNDAHL & MOESBY
  • SIZE: 40.000 m² NEW BUILDING
  • YEAR: 2016
  • STATUS: CONCEPT PROPOSAL, CLOSED
  • ARCHITECT: CEBRA

The area next to Nikoline Kochs Plads is, without exaggeration, the best building site in the city’s new neighbourhood Aarhus Ø: water on both sides, views over the city and the harbour, and proximity to the marina and a multitude of leisure facilities. Based on this extraordinary location, we want to add a building that gives something to each resident and user while at the same time giving something back to the city. That is why we designed LOOP as a democratic landmark that combines a sharp and distinctive expression with a high degree of interaction with the surrounding city.

The brief required a project with two perimeter blocks and a passage in between. Firstly, we transformed the narrow passage into two connected plazas by retracting the building corners around the passage. Next, the blocks’ geometry is adapted to the surroundings by lifting the north- and south-eastern corners and by pushing the structure down towards street level around the western plaza. This creates a sloping roof profile that opens the blocks and secures optimal daylight conditions and views throughout the complex. Finally, the sloping roof is used to create a unique destination for the entire neighbourhood – the eponymous loop on the roof of the northern building that forms a publicly accessible path and leads to a spectacular viewpoint on the 18th floor. In addition, the bottom floors contain a combination of grocery stores, shops, cafés and a branch of the Marine and Technical Engineering College. Together, they create a frayed edge between building and street, which activates the complex all the way around so that it interacts with the city and actively contributes to a lively and diverse urban environment.