The Hinge, Denmark
AA United A/S
The new urban area Aarhus Ø rises from the waterfront in Denmark's second largest city Aarhus, creating an artificial island. It is characterised by its tall buildings, but where the island meets the inner city, a new building will emerge. The new city gate 'The Hinge' will create a landmark in the transition between the historic town and the new district.Read more ↓
The Hinge is a highly ambitious plan to create an innovative and sustainable urban focal point between the city of Aarhus and the new district Aarhus Ø. With an open base, the building is creating a transparency towards the coastal roads and the harbour. The staggered levels at the bottom are rethinking the classic floor separations and providing a new open market space, elevated above the busy road, where visitors can experience the magnificent view over the Aarhus Bay.
Sculpturally shaped like an organic figure following the line of the boulevard to the east, it will create intimate pockets to enjoy the sun and life at the canal, protected from the wind.
Sustainability is a theme that runs like a red thread throughout the entire project. The ambition is that upcycled materials like concrete and glass will be used in the construction of the building itself where it will have a positive result on the life cycle analysis. The entire office building will have a strong focus on sustainability and provide spaces for innovative businesses and start-ups to evolve their ambitions for the future. In the public market space in the lower floor, visitors can enjoy organic food and meet to upcycle furniture, clothes and bicycles.