The Århusgade quarter


The uniqueness of the Århusgade quarter is based on its long history and strong identity: The history of the port and the area's qualities, combined with the future urban spaces and buildings, will create a unique neighbourhood with strong contrasts: New meets old. Large meets small. Closed meets open. The refined meets the rugged. The city meets the water.

The Århusgade quarter's old buildings, silos and quays will combine with the new urban spaces, buildings and wharfs to create a progressive urban district with distinct historical traces. The dense buildings with narrow streets, small urban spaces and well-defined courtyards, will stand in contrast to the water's wide open spaces.

Scene from Billedvej. Most of the old buildings in the 'red city' in the Århusgade quarter will be preserved. The upper illustration shows how older buildings can be extended using so-called 'add-ons'.

The port's raw nature, sturdy materials and simple construction practices are utilised and supplemented with refined details and refined materials. This continues the port's coarse aesthetics in new ways and creates a special character in the meeting the rugged and the refined.
The outdoor areas will mainly appear new, because in addition to a number of buildings in the area, it is primarily the bulwarks that are retained. The outdoor areas contribute to the area's identity by interpreting the port's simple and raw aesthetic in a modern idiom that supports the needs of the neighbourhood's users.

Varied urban spaces
The Århusgade Quarter will become a vibrant city district, with 10,000 m² of shops, as well as restaurants and other public functions that will attract attention outside the local area. The local plan for the Århusgade Quarter was adopted in 2011. This was also the starting point for the sale of land in the area.
The area's structure ensures a high degree of variation in the urban spaces. The area features small, intimate city gardens and large open spaces. There are narrow streets and well-defined urban spaces that are enclosed by buildings all the way around. There are also squares and island streets that open up, as well as promenades by the water.

The buildings will help to create diversity, as their design, scale and content will vary from place to place. The outdoor spaces unite the area's buildings and facilities into a coherent unit that provide the framework for a diverse urban environment and ensures good functionality of the area's infrastructure.

Flexible use
The expansion of the Århusgade Quarter with an estimated 300,000 m² of construction started in 2012 and is expected to be completed within a decade. The area will contain 165,000 m² residential space and 140,000 m² commercial space. The first residents and employees will move into the area in 2014.
The squares in the Århusgade quarter offer a high degree of flexibility and will be very different. Each square features special qualities, has specific purposes and offers special opportunities.
In the central squares, Århus Torv and Silo Plads, there will be opportunities to utilise the urban spaces in different ways in connection with temporary events. Alleyways, streets and promenades shall ensure that the neighbourhood's traffic structure works well, but boundary zones and relaxation zones here ban be rearranged in different ways and used for relaxation, plants, displaying goods for sale etc.

Comfortable urban spaces
The Danish climate is not always ideal for outdoor relaxation. This is especially true at the coast, where the wind is stronger and the temperature during the summer is lower. This also applies to the Århusgade quarter.
Wind studies show that the Århusgade quarter generally is not adversely affected in relation to the dominant wind directions, although naturally it will be windy some days. This is part of the experience of being by the water. Wind studies also show that it is especially around tall buildings that the wind may sometimes be particularly strong and wind conditions must therefore be considered when deciding on the building's design. In order to achieve the best possible level of comfort in the urban spaces, the vegetation is placed so that local areas with shelter are created at selected sites.

Secure and accessible urban spaces
The Århusgade quarter should be a safe area to move about in and to spend time. A strong emphasis has therefore been placed on ensuring accessibility and road safety for everyone. The traffic will flow at low speeds, as most of the area will be designated a pedestrian area with driving allowed.
Benches will be placed throughout the area and will ensure that there are only shorts distances between opportunities to sit and relax. A uniform and coherent network of guide lines and fields of attention will create good accessibility for the visually impaired and access to the entire area, including to the the water, will be possible for everyone.
The lighting ensures that people can get an overview of the streets and the urban spaces. In the streets, alleyways and promenades, there is an emphasis on ensuring that the street lighting provides safety and reassurance, while the squares are also provided with lighting for effect that highlights the qualities of the squares and creates a particular mood.
The mixed functions of the buildings and the urban spaces ensure that there is always life in the neighbourhood, both during the day and in the evening. This will also help to create a secure atmosphere in the urban spaces in the area.

Robust materials
The character and identity of the Århusgade quarter is based on the history of the harbour area. Traditional robust materials are therefore used that are consistent with the harbour's history: concrete, asphalt, hard wood and steel. These materials can withstand the climate at the waterfront. They age beautifully and satisfy the functional requirements in the best possible way.
Concrete is used for the majority of surfaces, which creates a continuous floor for the entire area. The island streets are laid with asphalt on roadways and bicycle paths, while granite (cobblestones) and steel are used in selected sites.
Street furniture of steel and wood are used with sturdy solutions inspired by traditional harbour equipment.
Several different types of vegetation will be planted. The promenades and island streets become strong green features, thanks to the continuous sequence of uniform trees and vegetation. Simple species are used on the square that interact with the specific character of the square, while the urban gardens contain many different species of trees and plants that create different green experiences and contribute to ensuring that the green structure is experienced as diverse and varied.

the nordhavn and the neighbourhoods


The plan for the Århusgade quarter is based on the following values:

  • Interpretation of the harbour's existing buildings and structures in order to create identity.

  • Uniqueness created by contrasts.

  • A vibrant city with activities on the water.

  • Varied combination of different building sizes and building types.

  • Green neighbourhood with urban gardens and green roofts.

  • Dense and mixed urban area with compact and staggered buildings.

  • Varied range of urban spaces for relaxation and activities.

  • Green traffic that accommodates vulnerable road users. 

Download the book 'From concept to project'

Click on the image to download th 88-page publication.

Published August 2012. 'From concept to project' provides an outline of the completed process and contains a catalogue of the most important project themes and focuspoints in Inner Nordhavn.

The book was prepared by CPH City & Port Development in cooperation with COBE, SLETH, Polyform and Rambøll.

The same team has published the six-page flyer wuth the main themes - 'From strategy to project' in 2011. 

Download it here.

See a film about Århusgade quarter

This short film shows you what the urban development in the Århusgade quarter is about. Move your mouse over the film and click on the 'square' at the bottom right-hand side to watch the film in full-screen.