The lighthouse of Danish urban development

Monday 16 Apr 2007

UNStudio and 3XN design the Light*house in Aarhus

Ben van Berkel from UNStudio (the Netherlands) designed in cooperation with Kim Herforth Nielsen from 3XN (Denmark) the winning proposal for the Aahrus harbour front. The proposal offers an entirely new harbour promenade with evening sun and public access to the unique view of the bay from the top floor of the constructions. The residential facilities of this district vary with cafe environments, restaurants and open squares which enable common free-time activities. The area will be free of cars - all cars will be parked in an underground parking facility. in return, conditions will be optimum for pedestrians and cyclists.A very special characteristic of the area will be the mix of owner-occupied and rental houses.This is the first time a Danish municipality requires such a high portion of non-profit rental houses in this type of urban development project. This facilitates social multiplicity and access to the attractive residences. Also for middle-income groups. The requirement of a mix of owner-occupied and rental houses is well-known in the Netherlands. The rental and owner-occupied houses will have the same architectural expression.

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