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Isbjerget Aarhus : Iceberg – New Danish Housing

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Isbjerget Aarhus

Contemporary Danish Housing

Design: SeARCH, CEBRA, JDS and Louis Paillard

New photos taken by e-architect director Isabelle Lomholt (on 29 Mar 2014) of this innovative and unusual residential development in the harbour of the main city in Jutland:

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photos © Isabelle Lomholt

I knew Aarhus very well in my childhood – and always had a strong sense of the different ‘rooms’ of the city. Where the Iceberg now stands was the ‘industrial room’. Like in so many cities on the coasts throughout the world, Aarhus is devoting a larger chunk of the previous harbour to apartments sold at a premium for the stunning unspoiled views across the sea.

This of course means no more sea views for the older red brick apartment buildings along Havnegade and Kystvejen – there are winners and losers in this game.

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photos © Isabelle Lomholt

All the same – I like the Iceberg. The area around it is still dusty with building site debris flying into the early spring wind, this will change with time, and if you are one of the two boys I spotted on the blue glass balcony facing the sea you probably wouldn’t care! They had dragged mattresses, duvets and games consoles out into the sunshine, and it must have felt like heaven to lie there and hear the waves and the terns while winning some game on the Playstation.

Isabelle Lomholt, e-architect co-director

A new building close by to Isbjerget Aarhus, on the harbour:

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photographs © Isabelle Lomholt

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18 Mar 2013

Iceberg Aarhus

Isbjerget wins at MIPIM

Design: SeARCH, CEBRA, JDS and Louis Paillard


Aarhus Iceberg Project
photo from architects

CANNES – The residential apartment complex “The Iceberg” in Århus, Denmark designed by JDS Architects, Cebra, SeARCH and Louis Paillard wins the Mipim award for “Best Residential Project”. The award ceremony was held last Thursday, 14 March, in the main auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

Isbjerget Aarhus waterfront homes
Isbjerget photo from architects

The project provides an enormous opportunity for Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, to develop in a socially sustainable way by renovating its old, out-of-use container terminal. The area is meant to become a living city quarter and achieve a proper level of urban density, comprised of a multitude of cultural and social activities, generous amounts of workplaces, and of course, a highly mixed and diverse array of housing types.

Isbjerget Aarhus waterfront apartments
Isbjerget photo from architects

The Iceberg has been designed in a way that it allows natural lighting and waterfront views into as many apartments as possible. The resulting open and sculptural block closely resembles an iceberg.

Isbjerget Aarhus waterfront apartment buildings
Isbjerget photo from architects

This year the MIPIM Award did not only start with a new presentation technique, PechaKucha which allows delegates to view each project and then make an informed vote. The MIPIM Awards did also attract a record number of entries with 175 projects from 46 countries competing.

Isbjerget Aarhus waterfront housing
Isbjerget photo from architects

Visit the project at http://jdsa.eu/tad

21 Aug 2012

Isbjerget Aarhus Housing

Isbjerget Tops Out

Design: SeARCH, CEBRA, JDS and Louis Paillard

Amsterdam, 21 August, 2012 – Monday, 20 August, in Aarhus, Denmark, the topping out celebration of Isbjerget (Iceberg) took place at its spectacular waterfront location. Isbjerget is a collaboration between SeARCH, CEBRA, JDS and Louis Paillard.

Aarhus Iceberg Project
Isbjerget photo from architects

To achieve optimal views from the apartments to the sea, the building has been cut in a crisscross manner, taking its inspiration from floating icebergs in constant motion. The sloping rooftops emphasize views and bring in natural daylight while providing stunning views out in several directions. The 25,000 m2 multifaceted building houses 155 one or two storey apartments of 66m2 to 248 m2. A mix of owner and rental dwellings allows for a broad variety of residences, from starter units to grand penthouse apartments. Its six commercial spaces range from 110m2 to 211m2.

Jacob Bundsgaard, mayor of Aarhus emphasizes during the ceremony: “With the topping out ceremony of Isbjerget, Aarhus passes another milestone in the development of the city’s new harbor front. Isbjerget is a signature building of international stature. It is not only the realization of a visionary work of architecture, but part of the vision of our new modern city of Aarhus as well.”

Project completion is on schedule for early 2013.

SeARCH is a dynamic architecture and urban design bureau based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with an international portfolio. Led by founding architect Bjarne Mastenbroek, SeARCH sets itself apart through an emphasis on creating dialogue with surrounding landscape and urban setting with sustainability and environmental awareness as a key focus. Their work is highly acclaimed and includes Villa Vals, the Dutch Embassy in Ethiopia, a Conference Centre for Novo Nordisk in Hillerød Denmark, and the Synagogue LJG in Amsterdam. Current projects include a 5* Lodge Hotel in Switzerland and a private Hunting Lodge in Slovakia.


21 May 2008

Aarhus Housing

The Iceberg Project – Isbjerget

JDS + CEBRA in collaboration with Louis Paillard and SeArch wins a competition for a housing complex in Aarhus, DK

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Isbjerget renders by labtop – images from Julien De Smedt Architects

JDS/JULIEN DE SMEDT ARCHITECTS and Aarhus- based CEBRA, in collaboration with the Dutch firm SeArch and French architect Louis Paillard wins the competition to build a 25,000 sqm housing complex in the new Aarhus Docklands development.

The project will be developed by the Tækker Group and Brabrand Boligforening with an expected completion date of spring 2010. The Aarhus Harbour development provides a huge opportunity for Denmark’s second largest city to develop in a socially sustainable way by renovating its old, out-of-use container terminal.

The area is meant to become a living city quarter, comprised of a multitude of cultural and social activities, a generous amount of workplaces, and of course, a highly mixed and diverse array of housing types.

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Isbjerget images from CEBRA

The Iceberg Project seeks to locate itself within the goals of the overall city development. A third of the project’s 200 apartments will be set aside as affordable rental housing, aimed at integrating a diverse social profile into the new neighborhood development.

The project’s main obstacle is the density set up for the development, the desired square meters are in conflict with the specified site height restrictions and the overall intentions of providing ocean views along with good daylight conditions. The Iceberg negotiates this problematic, by remaining far below the maximum heights at points and emerging above the dotted line at other moments.

“Peaks” and “canyons” form; eliciting the project’s iconic strength while ensuring that all flats will be supplied with a generous amount of natural lighting and waterfront views.

“With the Iceberg we get unique housing qualities as well as a city architectural expression of the highest quality”, says Kent Martinussen, adm. dir. of DAC (Danish Architecture Centre).

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Isbjerget images from CEBRA

“Århus will get a fantastic harbour front with unique architectural buildings that both in appearance and functionality prove that we are a city of grand ambitions. Our desire for this area goes beyond just a façade without life and purpose. We want a living city where everybody thrives. Both those who live and those who work in this “City near the harbour / De Bynære Havnearealer”. Projects of this calibre are a big step towards this goal.” -Mayor, Nicolai Wammen.

Isbjerget Aarhus – images / information from Julien De Smedt Architects 200508

Idé: Ud fra pragmatiske ønsker om at tilvejebringe sollys og havudsigt for flest mulige boliger organiseres karréen i parallelle vinkler, der peger mod syd og ud til havnebassinet. Vinklerne udformes som takkede bjergkamme, hvor toppe og dale konstant forskydes. Resultatet er en åben og yderst skulpturel karré, der i udpræget grad ligner et Isbjerg.

Isbjerget Aarhus – Bygning Information

Klient: Tækker Group, Brabrand Boligforening
Sted: Århus, Danmark
Funktion: Boliger
Størrelse: 22.000 m²
Opgavetype: Konkurrence – 1. Præmie
I samarbejde med: JDS, SeARCH, LPA

Idea: Isbjerget is the result of a pragmatic desire to bring sunlight and a sea view into as many apartments as possible. The apartment blocks are placed at parallel angles facing south and out to the harbour. The angles form pointed mountain tops staggered with valleys. The resulting open and sculptural block closely resembles an iceberg.

Iceberg Aarhus – Building Information

Client: Tækker Group, Brabrand Boligforening
Place: Århus, Denmark
Purpose: Housing
Surface area: 236,806 sqft
Commission: Competition – 1st prize
In cooperation with: JDS, SeARCH, LPA

Isbjerget Aarhus – images / information from CEBRA Architects


Location: Osthavnsvej 7 8000, Aarhus, Denmark

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