The Willemoes Block

The proposal will turn the Willemoes Block into a public gathering point, which will become an attractive housing area for families and provide new opportunities to cultivate local communitiesThus, the project will become an example of how forgotten urban spaces can be turned into resources that will benefit a whole community.
With its shielding outer wall and built-up area, the Willemoes Block at Trøjborg in Aarhus has isolated itself up till now. The project proposal will change this situation by demolishing several existing buildings and providing access to a public green courtyard environment instead, which facilitates the development of new communities in the area. This makes the vision of adding new life to the neighbourhood and making the area attractive for everyone a reality – especially for families who wish to stay at Trøjborg when their college flat gets too small.
While some of the buildings in the block will be demolished, others will be re-built into a mixture of public space and private dwellings. Moreover, new dwellings will be built, providing a dynamic atmosphere and adding new life to the block. The new construction will be carried out as a modern brick construction which, on the one hand, is a contrast to the existing buildings and, on the other hand, creates an inner correlation with consistent level variations and choice of colours. The new dwellings will have balconies facing the courtyard and garden and balconies with a sea view. The dwellings in the existing buildings will have a common roof terrace.
The area around the block will open up to the public due to new entrances and facades with large glass sections. This transparent and inclusive architecture draws the city life into the yard, while life in the yard is visible to the surroundings. This invites visitors to use the public spaces – among them a street gym located in the main building that creates a myriad of potential activities for all residents in the area.  Furthermore, with a new café facing the yard, the project proposal will reach out to and attract a wide selection of visitors– and this will enhance the diversity of the block.