Dorte Mandrup Architects wins competition for waterfront lookout tower in Aarhus
A competition to design a striking landmark for a new city district by Aarhus Harbor has been won by Danish practice Dorte Mandrup Architects. Aarhus is a rapidly growing city which continues to take a keen interest in cutting edge architectural design.
Over the past few years, the community has welcomed the Iceberg development by CEBRA and JDS, the colourful Grundfos Kollegiet Student Housing scheme, and the crystalline Danish Cancer Centre by Gehry Partners.
Dorte Mandrup Architects’ winning submission proposes a white steel tower on the edge of the harbour, providing panoramic views out over the bay. The clean cut of the structure and perforated nature of the material look to create a recognisable feature for this new district where residents and visitors can meet for informal gatherings or sit to enjoy the view.
Described as an ‘architecturally superior solution’ by the jury panel, the entry will be created using steel plates which will be manufactured in a shipyard and floated to the waterside site. The sheltered viewing platform is estimated for completion in 2014.
A quote from the jury report reads: “From a distance the dynamically shaped composition will become a strong focal point for this new part of the city. At close encounter the Lookout Tower will be a generous and hospitable place for the new area - stimulating citizens to take rest and inhabit the place.”