3XN Architects has designed a new residential tower in Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city. The 22,500 sq m building's distinctive semi-circular design embraces an existing historic brick water tower, contains almost 300 apartments and rises to a height 95m. 3XN has been working on this site for a decade and created two previous schemes, which they re-envisioned through the development process. Aarhus' city council has granted preliminary approval for the project, which is now open for public comment. 3XN anticipates final approval for the 31-storey tower, which will be the tallest residential building in the city, by summer.
"La Tour responds to its specific location and will contribute to the surrounding neighbourhood on many levels and in a positive way," said 3XN Founder and Creative Director Kim Herforth Nielsen. "We paid particular attention to the building scale, so that it is both distinctive and visible in the city, but also embraces the local environment in one fluid motion. La Tour will forge an identity in the urban context. Visible in the distance from many parts of the city, it will become a part of the city skyline, serving as a point of orientation."
3XN designed La Tour as low cost, high quality housing suitable for young people and families. Additional value is brought to the building through its unique expression and identity which stand out on the city skyline of Aarhus. The distinctive shape uses terracing to transition from the large flat volumes in the local area to the urban high rise-typology. The building design takes particular care to respect the historical water tower, ensuring it does not disappear behind the new tower, but instead retains its character as a fixed point of reference, remaining a worthy partner in the local area’s skyline. Thus the project embraces the city and the neighbourhood’s special character while simultaneously giving citizens of Aarhus a unique opportunity to live in functional apartments showcasing stunning views over the city.