- LOCATION: AARHUS, DK
- CLIENT: AARHUS MUNICIPALITY
- SIZE: 20.000 m² NEW BUILDING
- YEAR: 2008
- STATUS: COMPETITION PROPOSAL – CLOSED
- ARCHITECT: CEBRA, C.F. MØLLER, BB+GG ARQUITECTES, KOLLISION
The multimedia building comprises three main elements: an underground garage, commercial office spaces and, of course, the multimedia space itself. All of these are tied together in a complex urban hub with a new junction for pedestrians, cars and the planned light railway. On top of this, the multimedia building sits right on the waterfront, which has been cut off from the inner city for decades. Placing a large public building on the waterfront is a unique opportunity to bring urban life back to the water and demands that public spaces are an integrated part of the design.
To deal with the many different elements coming together in one place, we designed the project to be an integrated landscape. The architecture rises from the paving and gradually turns into volumes. But instead of being a mere representation of nature, the result is a building with landscape qualities applications – an inviting hybrid between classic geometry and organic form. On top of the garage, a covered public space unfolds, serving as a giant drop off area for all means of transportation. From here the actual media space rises in flat triangular slabs, which work as roofs and elevated public areas. Over these slabs, the offices are placed in a cube that seems to twist out of the base.
We emphasize the landscape metaphor by “cutting loose” the multimedia building and turning it into an island connected by bridges. Going there holds a promise of another world and offers visitors the feel of taking a small journey away from the ordinary. The library island is a media volcano poking out of the water, attracting visitors to its core.