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Utzon Center, Aalborg

New Architecture in Jutland, Denmark design by Kim Utzon Arkitekter

post updated 10 October 2021

Utzon Center in Aalborg, Denmark

New photos taken today of this contemporary Danish building:

Utzon Center Aalborg Denmark building
photos © Adrian Welch

Utzon Center Aalborg building courtyard planting

internal colonnade:
Utzon Center Aalborg building colonnade

building sculpted roof example:
Utzon Center Aalborg Denmark building roof

Sydney Opera House building tiles test sample:
Utzon Center Aalborg Sydney Opera House tiles

and explanatory text:
Sydney Opera House building tiles text

27 Nov 2008

Utzon Center Aalborg

Date: 2008

Design: Kim Utzon Architects

Photographs: Torben Eskerod Denmark

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The Site

The Centre is situated at the harbourfront with seaview, in the parksequence, characteristic for the new harbour front area in Aalborg.

Utzon Center Aalborg Denmark building

The platform creates a basis for the buildings around the courtyard, and emphasizes it as a special place, where the sun creates a southern like micro climate that invites you to stay.

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The organisation with the secluded volumes around the courtyard, offers a transparency through the access slits between the volumes. They invite you to stroll informally through the building or just to look at the varied views they offer.

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The Building

The building complex is a concept of individual buildings, creating a special place around a courtyard on a platform, with the surrounding sculptural and varied roofscape.

The auditorium, the boathall and the library are designed with dramatic and very tall sculptural roofs.

These roofs are emphasized by the buildings in between, the exhibition- and workshopspaces, where the roofs are lower, and yet characteristic.

The auditorium, the “head” of the building complex, is placed right at the harbourfront.

The boathall is placed further along the harborfront and the mainentrance is situated between the two buildings. The library is the tail of the building complex, and turns against the park and also the centre of Aalborg city.

In that way the building complex responds to the varied nature of the site, from the windy and vast harbour front to the more intimate and blooming park next to the city centre of Aalborg.

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Auditorium Photo : Rasmus Baaner, Denmark

Kim Utzon Arkitekter

Location: Aalborg, northern Jutland, western Denmark, Northern Europe

Architects Exhibition at Utzon Center in Aalborg – 2018-19 by RRA

Architecture in Aalborg

Photos from 10 Oct 2021:

Budolfi Kirke, Restored Gothic cathedral with a 208-ft. spire, stained-glass windows, a rococo organ & murals:
Budolfi Kirke, restored Gothic cathedral Aalborg

Budolfi church Aalborg building

Aalborg Kloster, 15th-century Catholic monastery with 27 retirement homes & a restored church:
Aalborg Kloster, 15th-century Catholic monastery

Aalborghus Castle, 16th-century riverside fortress with tunnels, a dungeon & parkland surrounds open to the public:
Aalborg old museum building

Museum building west of the Budolfi Kirke:
Aalborg Museum building

old bank building:
Aalborg old bank building

Pleasant Modern architecture in the city centre, immediately north of the cathedral, onto the Gammeltorv:
Aalborg Modern building

historic building turret dome facing the cloister:
Aalborg historic building turret dome

Architecture in Denmark

Danish Architecture Designs – chronological list

Danish Architect Offices

Jørn Utzon

Denmark Architecture – Selection:

New office building for Nordea Bank – Shortlisted at World Architecture Festival 2018 Awards
Design: Henning Larsen Architects + Signal Architects + SLA Landscape Architects
Nordea Bank Ørestad North Office
image © Henning Larsen Architects
Nordea Bank Ørestad North Office on World Architecture Festival Awards 2018 Shortlist
Henning Larsen Architects and a team consisting of Signal Architects and SLA Landscape Architects have won the competition for Nordea Bank’s new office building of 40,000 m2 in Ørestad North, Copenhagen, next to the premises of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and the Concert Hall – Koncerthuset. The building will comprise Scandinavia’s largest trading floor of 5,500 m2 with a view of the green area of Amager Fælled.

Natural Science Center
Design: NORD Architects

Danfoss Universe, Als, southern Jutland
Design: J. MAYER H.

Aarhus Concert Hall, Aarhus, eastern Jutland
Arkitektfirmaet C. F. Møller

Århus Harbour Buildings

Bagsværd Church Building

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