Published on March 4th, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse
Blueprint: Iceberg lands in Aarhus’ harbour
The coverstory of the new Blueprint is on Isbjerget, or Iceberg, a new residential project in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city and the main port of the country. Not only the form of the compact buildings is remarkable, also the history of the project.
Iceberg is originally an initiative by local development magnate Jørn Teacker, who invited Brussels-and-Copenhagen based JDS Architects and local practice CEBRA. They were encouraged to seek two more practices with a European background. Paris-based Louis Paillard and the Dutch practice SeARCH were added to the development team and in a series of workshops the definitive design was developed.
For sure you can say that this egalitarian process did not result in egalitarian architecture. In its compact and capricious form and with its white surfaces and blue-glass balconies it stands out, as if an iceberg drifted from the Northpole and landed in Aarhus’ harbour. The pointed roofs and diagonal lines in the facades add to this sensation. Is there beauty in it? We are not sure about that yet, but it is certain that this project gives Aarhus, Europe’s Cultural Capital in 2017, a new architectural landmark.
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