A 44-story residential tower along the harbor in Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, is on track to become among the country’s tallest building, either residential or commercial.
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Last month, the development group NorCap received approval on the sale of the land from the Aarhus City Council for a project known as the Lighthouse. The land had been owned by the city.
The new 146-meter-tall tower will stand next to the existing Lighthouse development, which comprises two low-rise buildings of eight and 10-stories. Lighthouse phase 1, designed by local architects 3XN, was completed in 2012. Phase 2, consisting of the high-rise residential building, will begin construction this year with a target completion date of 2021.
Aarsleff, a leading Danish contracting company, will be the builder, with engineering and design management by Ramboll, a Danish firm founded in 1945.
The new tower will have more than 200 apartments, along with a café, restaurant, tourist information center, kayak club and an observation deck with a restaurant-bar located at the top of the building. It is designed to receive warming sunlight from the south, especially during winter, and offer unobstructed views of the harbor.
The condominiums will range in size from 500 to 3,000 square feet (46 to 279 square meters) and from one up to five bedrooms. Garden plots for residents will also be available. The building will include curved balconies that change in shape on every level.
“This is as luxurious as you can get in the city of Aarhus,” said architect Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN – “It’s at the tip of the harbor with ocean views all around.”
The master plan for the harbor development calls for a seaside promenade with cafes, shops, a large square for leisure activities and lots of open spaces.
At 102 meters, Domus Vista in Frederiksberg is currently the country’s tallest residential building, and the 120-meter-tall Herlev Hospital near Copenhagen is currently the tallest building in Denmark.
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