- LOCATION: ELEV, DK
- CLIENT: TÆKKER GROUP
- SIZE: 220 HECTARES, 10-15.000 INHABITANTS
- YEAR: 2006-
- STATUS: ONGOING, CONSTRUCTION EXPECTED TO BEGIN 2014
- ARCHITECTS: CEBRA
- PLANNING, INFRASTRUCTURE: NIRAS
- ENGINEER: TÆKKER
Over the past 50 years the population of Aarhus has doubled. However, the town footprint has grown fourfold in line with the increased popularity of single family housing. Since it is believed that Aarhus will further increase by 75,000 people over the next 20 years, the municipality recommends more dense development to avoid sprawl in the future. These facts are the prime motivation for CEBRA and Tækker Group’s development of NYE, a sustainable suburb that will eventually house 15,000 people to the north of Aarhus. The master plan outlines the area’s development into a new suburb that is based on principles for holistic sustainable urban planning.
The overall planning strategy is based on proximity. To motivate residents to walk and bike, NYE is divided into clusters with a walking time from the centre to periphery of five minutes. Six clusters are placed around a city centre with a light rail station and shopping markets distributed in dense hexagonal city blocks. The clusters around it all have unique identities partly based on their local context; for instance, The Blue City where housing and water treatment are integrated, and The Active City with sports and recreational facilities woven into the urban fabric.
The master plan is shaped by sustainable ideas and systems, such as public transportation, proximity and daylight orientation. Rainwater treatment is one of the major sustainable initiatives, as NYE is surrounded by natural streams, ground water reservoirs and a lake. Green roofs, open canals, pools and new lakes are used to gradually treat rain water, before leading it back into the natural circuit. In NYE, everything revolves around environmental thinking.