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Tue 27.10.

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (DK)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 27.10.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

Dokk1, the largest public library in the Nordic countries, represents a new generation of modern, hybrid libraries. The project, in Aarhus, Denmark, houses a new library, a citizen service centre, automatic parking for 1,000 cars and new harbour-side public squares.

 

 

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

Says schmidt hammer lassen, “The 30,000 square metre building is part of the Urban Mediaspace project, which is trans-forming the harbour front of Aarhus. With a budget of over € 280 million, it is the largest construction project by the Municipality of Aarhus in the city’s history.”

 

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

“Dokk1 is part of the ambitious district plan to revitalise the former industrial cargo docks on the harbour front by connecting the area both visually and physically to the historic centre of the city.”

 

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

“The leading idea is a covered urban space. A large polygonal slice hovers above a glazed prism, which is resting on a square of ice flake-shaped stairs fanning out to the edge of the sea. The ice flakes create wide plateaus and accommodate recreational activities and outdoor events.”

 

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

Kim Holst Jensen, Senior Partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects, explains: “Dokk1 is not simply a building. It is a place for exchanging knowledge and opportunities and a multicultural meeting point that will change people’s perception of the entire city. Dokk1 enhances this special setting with an architecture that creates an exceptional visual connection to the city – both from inside the building and out. Through this, we form an icon for the knowledge society, an icon that supports and stimulates creative collaboration.”

 

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

“The top slice contains the media house administration and offices for rent. The glass building below is transparent and allows passers-by visual access to the activities in the building while the users have a 360-degree panoramic view from the inside. The library contains several divisions in staggered levels that cover literature and media areas, exhibitions, children’s theatre, interactive activities, public events, cafés and restaurants and hence, they form an eventful promenade through the building.”

 

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

“Below ground the large parking area will be available to the whole city. Part of the traffic along the waterfront will run beneath the building. To boost public transportation the new light rail will have a stop here.”

 

PROJECT DATA
Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Client: Aarhus Municipality
Client Partner: Realdania
Area: 35,600 m2
Construction sum: Approx. Euro 280 million excluding VAT
Competition: 2009, first prize in an international competition
Status: Built 2015
Lead architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Engineer: Alectia Rådgivende Ingeniører
Landscaping: Arkitekt Kristine Jensens Tegnestue
Client Consultant: Rambøll Danmark
Other consultants: Bahn arkitekter (accessibility)

 

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