The Warehouse 2013
The Warehouse 2013 is an innovative commercial and residential development in Aarhus' new quarter, Aarhus Ø.
The Warehouse 2013 (in Danish, "Pakhus 2013") comprises five tower blocks offering a total floor area of 35,000 m2. Three of the blocks will be built in the initial construction phase and will have a total floor area of 15,000 m2 – with 9,000 m2 of commercial space in two of the blocks and 1,500 m2 of commercial and 4,500 m2 of residential space in the third block.
The project is based on an aspiration to create new perspectives on the way in which buildings are developed and utilised. The aim is therefore to construct a different kind of environment that will support a thriving and diverse neighbourhood where life is lived 24 hours a day and incorporate the area’s available commercial spaces.
When employees leave for the weekend, the residents of the neighbourhood could, for example, use these commercial spaces for wide-ranging and inclusive social purposes. Canteens could be turned into the neighbourhood’s preferred restaurants while meeting facilities could be converted into venues for lectures, art exhibitions or parties.
The vision for the Warehouse 2013 is not as a traditional commercial property which has been designed by the owner and for which tenants have subsequently been found. Instead, the vision is for a flexible and very different development whose future users will have great influence on and involvement in the space – both in terms of concept and interior layout and design.