Emerging as a sustainable city

Aarhus, Denmark
Tækker Group
650 homes across 220 hectare
Phase 1-3 / Completed in 2018/19
Phase 4 / In progress
Dorte Mandrup
Friis & Moltke
Henning Larsen
C. F. Møller
Hune & Elkjær
LOOP Architects

A sustainable city is emerging north of Aarhus. What makes the city unique is that it stems from a collaboration between Tækker Group and nine of Denmark’s leading architectural firms and it is based on the idea of creating variation and richness in detail in relation to the buildings as well as the urban space. Each architectural firm is responsible for developing their own part of the city.

Byen er ny, men drømmen er gammel

Byen er ny, men drømmen går mange år tilbage. En drøm om at bygge en by på et privat initiativ, der muliggør nogle andre og alternative greb omkring det at udvikle et godt byliv med en bred, bæredygtig bevidsthed. Nye vokser derfor frem som, en bæredygtig by i både miljømæssig, økonomisk og social forstand. En by, som udfordrer den traditionelle tilgang til bæredygtigt byggeri og udforsker det byggede miljøs betydning for at skabe et aktivt fritidsliv, lokalt engagement og bredt fællesskab.

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Uniting the city with the landscape

Our contribution consists of a ring of 46 diverse residential units that unite the city with the landscape to the north. In a topographic grid, the dwellings are distributed across the construction area, bringing together the qualities from the ordered and more organic city. To the south, the homes stretch in a relatively tight formation into the grid with rectangular building volumes, while the ones to the north dissolve the compact geometry in a staggered formation, opening the city up to the countryside.

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Different degrees of community

The residences not only create different degrees of links to the landscape, but also different degrees of privacy and community. For instance, the variation of flats, terraced houses and cluster houses create a wide range of private outdoor spaces ranging from the balconies of the flats to the gardens of the terraced and cluster houses. Community is the main element in our contribution to Nye, where the great common area, the green wedges between the residences and the numerous social areas along the residential streets provide ample room for different forms of community.

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Niches in the front yards and back yards

Privacy has also been a high priority, as demonstrated in the staggered buildings that provide natural lighting from every direction and create niches in the front yards and back yards, where the residents can enjoy the sunshine, view and fresh air. In the back yards, the wild grass fields of the landscape stretch all the way up to the houses, creating a common pulse between the landscape and residences.

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I 2021 genbesøgte vi Nye for at dokumentere effekten af arkitekturen.

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Want to know more?

Jesper Hallstrøm Eriksen
Head of Brand and Communications
+45 41 96 35 26