In the last decades, we could observe how many international cities were (and still are) going through this process of urban transformation. But if we look locally in Denmark, this transformation can be found in cities such as Copenhagen (Nordhavn or Sydhavn), Odense (Odense havn), or Aarhus (Aarhus Ø).One of the challenges that these areas face is the tabula rasa point of departure, and the fact that, on occasions, the character of the area needs to be created from scratch.
Normally, these transformed areas are mixed use, but housing is one of the main functional programs. This means that these newly built areas become the space that many citizens inhabit; it becomes their home. This semester we will focus in Aarhus Ø as a relevant case study of this trend. Additionally, the conditions that surround Aarhus Ø from the architecture and urban point of view creates a good opportunity to reflect on the theme of this academic year: “Feeling (at) Home”.
The site will be located in Aarhus Ø in the block named Bassin 7. The development of Bassin 7 consists in 5 main buildings: AArhus (by BIG), Karréerne (2 buildings by Sleth), Kampanilen (by BIG) and a Hotel (un-built). We will be working in the plot where the hotel is planned. Within this area each student decides how to place the individual proposal.
The program of this semester will be housing. Each student will devel-op her/his own housing program through the analysis of the site and reflection of the inhabitants needs. However, there are guidelines that should be followed: – Number of units: between 50 and 80- Height: between 3 and 9 stories- The typology of the units is free- The program can be arranged in more than one volume- The structure should be mainly built out of wood- Maximum footprint: limit of the plot- The empty space close to your building is also part of your proposalFrom these initial requirements, each student should develop her/his own specific program that responds to her/his approach to the as-signment.