Nicolinehus is a new mixed-use development in the heart of Aarhus Ø – shaped by the pulse of the city centre and merging with life on the waterfront. ­The aim is to inject life and authenticity into the new harbour district and to pave the way for the unique opportunities the setting provides – out there where the city encounters the bay. ­­
Nicolinehus has drawn inspiration from the old residential blocks of the city centre, rethinking the concept of a courtyard framed by flats and adapting it to suit the life and weather conditions of the waterfront. The result is a hybrid of classic residential block and terraced landscape, in which function and aesthetics merge into a new entity.­­
The encounter between the rigid structure of the square and the staggered surfaces of the terraced landscape creates a visionary architectural work – open and vibrant, and with views aplenty, where people will live their lives in courtyards and roof gardens, and on balconies. Divided into a residential and a commercial section, and sloping down to the marina and the harbour swimming bath, Nicolinehus opens up round two courtyards, while the roof gardens provide views for residents and workers. In other words, it was the view that shaped the architecture, creating an unobstructed vista to all points of the compass and the unique environment: the verdant woodland of Riis Skov, the old marina and the historical city centre. ­
Besides the shape of the old residential blocks, Nicolinehus has also drawn inspiration from their materials – the red bricks. Brick lends a special texture to the building and has been processed in different ways to invest the façade with life and personality. For example, on the staircases the brick has been perforated to allow daylight in and to make the staircases stand out outwardly, while in other places it protrudes like bay windows. This is modern architecture with a flair for craftsmanship. This is architecture created to look as beautiful in the future as it looks today. It is resilient and tough and will withstand the weather conditions on the waterfront.­