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+45 8730 3286 aart@aart.dk

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Our work with architecture goes far beyond designing buildings. For us, it is equally important to document the impact we make through our architecture.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

MISSION

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REACH

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MILESTONES

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PROJECTS

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RESEARCH

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MISSION We believe that architecture is all about shaping the environment we all share, so it can provide us with the opportunity to live healthier, smarter and more connected lives. This is the essence of everything we do. We, thus, make a virtue of exploring how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes – always with a view to combining craftmanship with the ability and courage to spot unseen opportunities in each project. So, rather than working purely as architects, we work as opportunity makers in the Nordic built environment. This is how we deliver beyond our clients’ expectations. It entails our work going far beyond designing buildings. For us, it is equally important to document the impact we make through our architecture. This is why we revisit our completed projects, together with external experts, to explore how our designs are working in use and how architecture can provide new opportunities both for our clients and for society on a larger scale.

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REACH With more than 150 team members in Aarhus, Copenhagen and Oslo, we are an architecture firm with Danish roots and a Nordic reach. In our work, we pride ourselves on transcending the traditional typologies. Instead, we take on projects where there is something at stake. It is because we take this approach that we are contributing to the development of more than 800,000 square metres in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. We have attracted interest far beyond the Nordic countries, too. We have designed buildings that have been honoured by the UN and the International Olympic Committee, not only for their aesthetic qualities, but also for their ability to spark transformation for people and businesses. We appreciate this recognition, because it helps to highlight our projects to various media and opinion formers worldwide, which is great in terms of creating new business opportunities for our clients.

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MILESTONES Our journey from 2000 to 2018 We began in 2000, in Aarhus, Denmark, with the aim of creating opportunities for better working, learning and living for everyone. We wanted to go beyond architecture as just a matter of shape – for us, it was vital to recapture our fine Nordic craftmanship and combine it with the will to bring about positive change for clients and communities.

SETTING THE BAR HIGH FROM THE START We take home one of our first winning projects – the outdoor centre Sletten in Ry, Denmark. By combining craftmanship with a deep conceptual and contextual understanding, the project is nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award that recognises excellence in European architecture.

CHARTING OUR NORDIC COURSE We enter our first Norwegian competition with success. With its 89,000 square metres, the Hospital Østfold Kalnes is our biggest win at the time and it charts the course for our Nordic architectural adventure.

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ARCHITECTURE WITH INTERNATIONAL IMPACT We cherish challenges – not least when they involve competing with leading architects from around the world. With this mindset, we win our first open international competition to design the Waterfront in Stavanger, later awarded one the world’s best residential developments.

FAST-GROWING COMPANY With our financial solidity and successful collaborations throughout the Nordic countries, we are acknowledged as a fast-growing company by the Danish financial paper Børsen – for the fifth time.

REACHING A MILESTONE With our first winning project in Sweden, we are now present throughout the Nordic countries, helping ambitious developers in Denmark, Norway and Sweden to shape their visions and bring them to life.

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DOCUMENTING THE IMPACT OF ARCHITECTURE We initiate collaboration with the Danish Alexandra Institute subsidised by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education. Since then, the institute has conducted anthropological field studies of our completed buildings, showing how our work enriches people’s lives and sparks development for organisations and society in a broader perspective.

200,000 HEALING SQUARE METRES Over time, we have gained vast experience in healing architecture. Based on our experience, we win the competition to design Stavanger University Hospital, the largest building project in the Nordic countries to date.

ON TOP OF COPENHAGEN We move into our new Copenhagen office on the top floor of a former warehouse on Islands Brygge – all with a focus on creating a strong foundation for our increasing number of projects in the capital region.

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DEDICATED DESIGN LAB Along with industrial designer Morten Hove Lasthein, the founding partners of AART architects establish AART designers – an independent design lab specialised in developing design solutions at the intersection between design and architecture.

MOVING TO THE NEW HARBOUR DISTRICT IN AARHUS Our Aarhus office moves to the new port district of Aarhus. Here, we move into the top floor of Pakhusene, overlooking the city and the bay. We designed Pakhusene ourselves, so our new office perfectly matches and charts the course for our work as a cutting-edge architectural consultancy originating from Aarhus.

BRINGING EXPERIENCED BUSINESSPEOPLE ONBOARD Business executive Lars Dige Knudsen, marketing innovator Morten Albæk and digital specialist Laura Vilsbæk Olesen. Together with the three founding AART partners, they will constitute our future board of directors.

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SELECTED PROJECTS

On the following pages, we have selected some of our most exciting projects, which have proven to create opportunities for our clients and society on a larger scale.

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THE WATERFRONT The Waterfront reflects the conversion of Stavanger’s former industrial harbour into an attractive residential area. Where heavy industry previously separated the city from the bay, there is now one of Europe’s largest wooden residential developments with a wealth of public plazas and passageways, and a promenade that extends all the way into the historic city centre.

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There is no doubt that the Waterfront is one of the best residential developments in Norway. Erling Dokk Holm Architecture Editor at Dagens Næringsliv

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The Waterfront ('Vannkanten' in Norwegian) has also aroused great interest at local, national and international levels. It has been heralded as one of Norway’s most innovative residential developments and named the best in the world by World Architecture News, leading to a huge interest in the flats. In the first phase of construction, all the flats were sold in just 40 minutes, with a square-metre price of NOK 100,000. What aroused that interest was the interpretation of Norway’s dramatic landscape and the tributes paid to Stavanger’s proud tradition of building in timber. In fact, it is the city in northern Europe with the highest concentration of wooden houses. With its staggered geometries, dramatic passageways and consistent use of timber, the Waterfront comes across as a clear-cut cluster of wooden mountains, rising on the periphery between the city and the surrounding landscape. The staggered facades and roofs not only refer to the Norwegian mountains, but they also create great views from the 128 flats, which all vary in shape and size, thereby appealing to a diverse group of residents – from singles to newly established and more established families. They range from 44 to 225 square-metre . Some are on two levels, and some have roof terraces with panoramic views over the city and the bay.

FACTS Location Stavanger, Norway Size 19,500 m2 Competition Winning project in international architecture competition in 2007 Status Completed in 2014 Developer Kruse Smith Architects AART architects Kraftverk Awards WAN Residential Award Best on Archilovers Finalist for Plan Awards Finalist for MIPIM Awards

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VIKING AGE MUSEUM The Viking Age Museum in Oslo is acknowledged as one of the world’s most important culture-historical museums, containing Norway’s main contribution to world cultural heritage. The vision of the forthcoming extension and conversion is to transform the museum into a leading international centre for the dissemination of knowledge about the Viking Age.

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The proposal provides an excellent solution to a complicated challenge. All with a focus on preserving our unique, highly popular Viking collection, which is one of the most important cultural monuments in the world. Harald Nikolaisen CEO of Statsbygg

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This vision will be fulfilled by adding a circular extension to the existing museum, which was built in 1926 and includes the oldest and best-preserved Viking ships in the world. The circular extension will unite new and old in a simple, yet significant architectural embrace. Internally, it will connect the existing building wings, while externally it will create a new, iconic signature and open up the museum to the surroundings, providing new opportunities for outdoor activities. In this way, the extension will raise the presentation of Norway’s cultural heritage to new heights. It will take visitors on a playful and instructive journey through the world of the Vikings and provide a unique opportunity to view the Viking ships from an entirely new, holistic perspective – from the open sequence of arched corridors to the wide seating steps – allowing visitors to move right down to the same level as the ships for a fascinating close encounter. Together, the arched corridors and the exhibition spaces will generate a multi-faceted narrative of the Viking Age. They will allow for both short and long visits, in which visitors can enter the world of the Vikings, rich in maritime adventure, dramatically brought to life by the architecture and the exhibition design – indoors and outdoors.

FACTS Location Oslo, Norway Competition 2016, winning proposal in an open international architecture competition Status Starting-up Size 13,000 m2 Developer Statsbygg Architect AART architects

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THE WAREHOUSES The Warehouses is a new mixed-use in the new harbour district of Aarhus. It is based on the concept of community and created to buzz with life from early morning until late evening, seven days a week.

Aarhus is undergoing a very positive development, especially on the waterfront, where we have now taken over the first stage of the office building of the future in the shape of the Warehouses. With this type of high quality building, we will enhance the profile of Aarhus as a commercial city, while pensionsavers will get a good return. Michael Bruhn CEO of PFA Properties

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FACTS The Warehouses ('Pakhusene' in Danish) is a distinctive, innovative development on Aarhus’s new waterfront. It is distinctive by virtue of its strict lines, tactile brick façades and 35,000 m2, and innovative by virtue of its focus on exploiting the opportunities of a sharing economy. That means the Warehouses will be a powerhouse with a focus on community: a powerhouse that will merge residential and commercial units to create a diverse waterfront district that will exude life from early morning until late evening. Inspired by the sharing economy, the companies and residents will have the opportunity to share a wide range of facilities: ranging from a gym and sauna in the basement to conference rooms, a canteen and a communal roof terrace. During the day, for instance, companies can book the rooms for meetings; while in the evening residents can book them for more social, community-building purposes. Meanwhile, at weekends, the companies’ shared canteen can be transformed into a restaurant open for anyone in the city. Everything is aimed at creating a building that extends beyond itself, generating value for companies, residents and the city in a wider perspective.

Location Aarhus, Denmark Competition 2013, private assignment Status First phase completed in 2016 Second phase under construction Size 35,000 m2 Owner Domis (first phase) Kilden & Hindby (first phase) PFA Ejendomme (second phase) Developer Kilden & Hindby (second phase) Contractor Kaj Ove Madsen Architect AART architects Engineer MOE

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NICOLINEHUS Nicolinehus is a new mixed-use development in the heart of the new port district in Aarhus, shaped by the pulse of the city centre and merging with life on the waterfront. It mixes conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping, all with a view to injecting life into the new port district and paving the way for the unique opportunities it will provide – out where the city meets the bay.

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It is astounding. In all my 20 years in the industry I have never seen anything like it. The reason that several hundred people have already signed up for a freehold flat is their interest in Nicolinehus’ unique location, innovative architecture and quality materials. Martin Busk CEO of Bricks

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FACTS In its shape, it draws inspiration from the old residential blocks of the city centre, rethinking the concept of a courtyard framed by flats and adapting it to suit the life and weather conditions of the waterfront. The result is a hybrid of classic residential block and terraced landscape in which functions and aesthetics merge into a visionary architectural work. The space is open and vibrant, with views aplenty, where people will live their lives not only inside the building, but also in courtyards and roof gardens and on balconies. Nicolinehus also draws inspiration from the materials of the old residential blocks – the red bricks. The result is a modern mixed-use development with a flair for craftsmanship. A development created to express a distinct personality and to look as beautiful in the future as it does today. It is resilient and tough and will withstand the weather conditions on the waterfront.

Location Aarhus Ø, Denmark Competition 2016, winning proposal in public tender Status Under development Size 40,000 m2 Developer Bricks Architect AART architects Landscape architect Schønherr

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CAMPUS FOR AARHUS UNIVERSITY The development plan paves the way for new prospects, which will transform Aarhus Municipal Hospital into a new campus for Aarhus University. With the new campus Aarhus University will interact with urban life and the business community in new ways. In addition, the campus will become one of the most characterful built environments in Denmark with a unique homogeneity in terms of geometry and materials.

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In architectural terms, it will come across as one of Denmark’s most significant urban areas. Tom Nielsen Professor at Aarhus School of Architecture

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FACTS Location Aarhus, Denmark Competition 2017, winning proposal in prequalified project competition Size 110.000 m2 Developer Forskningsfondens Ejendomsselskab (FEAS) Full-service consultant AART architects Architects AART architects E+N Landscape architect Møller & Grønborg Consultant Trafikplan

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The new campus and its integration with the city will renew and enhance the original qualities of the site. The development plan also upholds the site’s historical potential by paving the way for new prospects to create a forward-looking transformation of this unique spot in the heart of Aarhus. This transformation will preserve the best of the past in interaction with the academic and urban life of tomorrow. There will be brand new opportunities for research, business, housing, cafés and experiences in attractive harmony with the University Park and the surrounding city. The development plan is based on four principles: to reinforce the historic potential of the site; to connect it to the city that surrounds it; to generate interaction with modern ways of life; and to encapsulate it in an enduring layout. Together, the four principles will pave the way for the exchange between the city and the university, the city being coloured by the university and vice versa. The whole objective is to enrich the story of Aarhus – on both the national and international level – as a vibrant, attractive university city for the benefit of students, researchers, citizens and companies.


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LEARNING LANDSCAPES - across the Nordic countries

VOSS VOCATIONAL SCHOOL Voss Vocational School has been designed to embrace the scenic landscape in the heart of Fjord Norway. The spectacular surroundings taking in the clear lakes, vast forests and rugged mountains are translated into the learning environment with a view to stimulating the 400 students’ well-being and ability to learn.

VESTMYRA SCHOOL Vestmyra School is located in Northern Norway. Surrounded by mountains and fjords, it consists of a rebuilding of the existing elementary school and the addition of a new middle school with the corresponding administration, classrooms, special education facilities, and gym.

FAGERLI SCHOOL Fagerli School is located in scenic surroundings at the foot of the mountains at Larvik. Not only, is it one of the largest public schools in Norway. It also challenges traditional boundaries, such that learning can flow easily between classroom and shared areas, and between indoors and outdoors – all with a focus on creating new opportunities to activate the children.

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THE SCHOOL AT DUEVEJ The extension of the School at Duevej meets Frederiksberg Municipality’s ambitions to create a public school that will be an asset not only for the pupils but the whole community. In addition, it is the first school designed to meet the Danish DGNB certification.

VICTORIA SCHOOL A learning environment that improves the students’ community spirit and excites their curiosity and desire to learn. This is the essence of the new Victoria School. It is located in Skara, Sweden, and includes a 49 acre park.

SØNDER OTTING SCHOOL The proposal the new Sønder Otting School in Haderslev, Denmark, offers an open and vibrant learning landscape across age and grade. The proposal will thus contribute to fulfil the school's educational visions of developing ambitious and innovative teaching methods in close interaction with the green surroundings.

MARITIME EDUCATION CENTER The maritime education centre frames the future education of skippers and chief officers for the Danish fishing fleet and merchant marine. With its sculptural form and unique location on the harbour front of Skagen, the building has been designed as a landmark for maritime architecture.

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VUC SYD The education centre in Haderslev is the VU Syd flagship. Its open, digital educational environment has attracted significantly more students and reduced the drop-out rate. It has shifted young people who had tired of school from a life of social security into the education system, giving them the courage and ability to embark on a programme of further education.

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By reconsidering the learning environment, the education centre has generated better academic motivation, greater well being and more active, participatory teaching. The Alexandra Institute Conclusion to social survey of VUC Syd

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In fact, an impressive 200 per cent more young people go on to study at university, technical college or the like. That is the annual equivalent of more than 1,000 young people, and if just every third of them are helped from social security to employment, that will generate an estimated DKK 62 million a year in the Treasury. That means that in the space of just three years the educational centre will have paid for itself. All this was made possible by meeting the young people on their own terms. The result is a new and unusual education centre, which challenges the common notion of a school constructed around fixed classrooms. Here there are no traditional classrooms. Instead, there are varying teaching zones that are united by a light, open and a totally digital learning environment. The innovative learning environment of this education centre has aroused huge interest. The former Prime Minister, Helle Thorning Schmidt visited the education centre, and it received both Danish and international media coverage: from the Danish Broadcasting Corporation to the BBC. In Denmark alone, since its inauguration in 2013, it has been featured more than 1,600 times in the media. That makes it one of Denmark’s most highly publicised educational institutions – and the most highly publicised of the country’s total of 30 adult education centres.

FACTS Location Haderslev, Denmark Competition 2010, winning proposal in prequalified project competition Status 2013, completed Size 8,600 m2 Developer VUC Syd Architects AART architects ZENI Arkitekter Engineer Cowi Awards German Design Award Iconic Award

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VRÅ SCHOOL Vrå School provides new perspectives on how to stimulate children's ability and desire to learn. This is done by combining learning and landscape so that children can play and learn in a complete ecosystem that changes over time – during the day and year and over time.

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Vrå School is a unique project that focuses on children’s play, learning and development and brings together a wide range of offers for all city citizens. Besides class levels and vocational areas, the school thus also includes a youth centre, library, sports hall and an outdoor activity landscape – and all facilities have been designed in close interaction with the scenic surroundings. What is unique about the project is that it combines learning and landscape. It is based on a sustainable ambition to create a complete ecosystem for play and learning. This ambition has been translated into a playful and instructive landscape where the forest becomes the school and vice versa. Outwardly and inwardly, the school will be experienced as a ‘Learning Forest’, where culture and nature, education and sustainability, merges into a new kind of learning environment. Structurally, the school is built up of clusters around an inner school square. As a unifying space, the square unites the surroundings, the main entrance and the clusters including the sports hall, the library, the youth centre, etc., in an open and atmospheric architectural grip. In addition, two courtyards give the square a light, bright and vibrant feeling while organizing it into clearly defined zones for learning and recreation.

FACTS Location Hjørring, Denmark Competition 2017, winning proposal in prequalified project competition Status Starting-up Size 10,000 m2 Developers Hjørring Municipality Idrætscenter Vendsyssel Full-service consultant AART architects Architects AART architects JAJA Arhcitects Engineer Søren Jensen

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THE CULTURE YARD With more than 750,000 visitors a year, the Culture Yard is a popular success. Not only has it revitalised the waterfront of the city of Elsinore. It has also created new opportunities for the development of Elsinore as a modern, cultural city.

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The Culture Yard has made a real impact. The strategy was that people should stop thinking only about Copenhagen, but bear us in mind too. Now people are aware that we are here. Michael Foch Director of the Culture Yard

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As a pivot for Kulturhavn Kronborg, the Culture Yard ('Kulturværftet' in Danish) has created a new gathering place in Elsinore and put the city on the cultural world map - proclaimed by the New York Times as one of the world’s must-see places. It is one of Denmark’s most publicised cultural centres and has attracted major cultural events such as the Crown Prince Couple’s Awards and the Index Award, the most important design award in the world. Additionally, it contains one of Denmark’s most widely used libraries. It is one of only two libraries in Europe to be described as “exceptional” – the highest recommendation given by Library Ranking Europe. All this was made possible by transforming the city’s historic shipyard into a cultural centre with a café, library, exhibition space, concert halls and much more besides. On the shoulders of the past, it paves the way for the evolution of Elsinore from industrial city to cultural city – in the heart of what is perhaps Denmark’s most historic harbour with a view of Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle and the Øresund strait. The Culture Yard unites the historic spirit of the port’s shipyard with modern cultural experiences, so visitors sense the presence of history in the encounter between past and present. With a new glass arcade, the Culture Yard comes across as an iconic, inviting cultural centre, the arcade enclosing the old shipyard buildings and connecting the many cultural activities. With its sail-inspired, crystalline shapes, the arcade adds a modern edge and character to the Culture Yard, at the same time reflecting the historic harbour. The diverse shapes mean that Kronborg Castle and the Øresund strait are constantly being framed in new ways, thereby becoming the building’s visual and historic focus. To the south, the arcade is also clad with thin perforated panels to create a cultural centre that is adapted to the local climate.

FACTS Location Elsinore, Denmark Competition 2007, winning proposal in open international architecture competition Status 2010, completed Size 13,000 m2 Developer Elsinore Municipality Architect AART architects Engineer Søren Jensen Awards The Structural Award Tyndpladegruppens Arkitekturpris The International Property Award

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GLASMUSEET EBELTOFT The extension to Glasmuseet Ebeltoft is about more than just connecting the museum to the surroundings. It is also about creating new opportunities to convey the marvelous world of glass art and position the museum as a dynamic hub for international artists.

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Since 1986, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft has presented modern world-class glass art; from 1921, in the state-owned Toldbod; and since 2006, in an additional modern wing. The new extension adds a new chapter to the museum and its narrative about the world of glass art. With respect for the history of the museum, the extension adapts to the existing buildings. It connects the buildings and brings together the museum in a simple and generous architectural grip that adds an overall identity to the museum and opens it towards to the scenic surroundings. The main element is the roof disc, which is shaped like a circle and covered with glass. The passive solar screening properties of the roof disc make it possible to construct the extension with one large glass façade, giving the expanded museum a light and transparent expression. The museum garden and old Toldboden can thus be seen through the extension, just as the light glass construction creates an expressive experience of the roof disc as a floating element. Furthermore, the roof disc will become a viewpoint where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Ebeltoft Vig. The circular extension connects the existing buildings through a transparent glass arcade, which creates a simple and elegant sequence of rooms with brand new opportunities for the dissemination of glass art through the creation of new exhibition areas, flexible lecture halls and public facilities associated with working workshops. Additionally, accommodation in connection with the workshops reinforces Glasmuseet Ebeltoft’s position as a dynamic hub for international glass artists.

FACTS Location Ebeltoft, Denmark Competition 2017, winning proposal in prequalied project competition Status Fundraising Developer Glasmuseet Ebeltoft Architect AART architects

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FILM CITY AARHUS The expansion does not only transform Film City Aarhus (Filmby Aarhus in Danish) into Denmark’s biggest cluster of digital visual companies. It also turns the film city inside out and creates an urban space of international calibre – designed by the digital opportunities of tomorrow.

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Play with urban space and create a building with room for innovation and inspiration for companies within the digital visual industry. This is the vision behind the expansion of Film City Aarhus in the South Harbour area in Aarhus, where a new building adds another 4,400 square metres to the existing film city, while a new urban space turns the area inside out, inviting to play and learning, motion and contemplation – all staged by the digital opportunities of tomorrow. Being a creative powerhouse for film and media production, Film City Aarhus includes two film studios and more than 80 media companies. It is a significant driving force within film and media production, not only in Jutland but in Denmark, and the new building was designed to accommodate future trends within the world of film and media. It was designed to interact with the existing part of Filmby Aarhus and create synergies across the various functions and office spaces. With this new building, the film city will show character as a place of innovation, collaboration and creativity within the digital visual industry. However, Film City Aarhus will with the expansion become more than just a place for film and media people. It will also attract the citizens and visitors of Aarhus. With a new, public urban space, it will grow bigger and become a new destination in Aarhus, where young and old can gain knowledge about the vast options of the digital world in a playful manner, by means of a wide variety of interactive art installations. For example The Wind, transforming wind into living light formations in urban paving; The River, making waves of light flow down the stairs to the harbour; and The Gallery, lighting up the new building in an attempt to become the biggest screen in Europe with films by local and international talents.

FACTS Location Aarhus, Denmark Competition 2015, winning proposal in tender competition Status Under development Size 4,4000 m2 Developer Filmby Aarhus Full-service consultant AART architects Sub-consultant SLA Rambøll Kvorning

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THE OLD BERGEN MUSEUM The visitor centre frames the arrival to the Old Bergen Museum and adds new layers to the story of one of Norway's largest open-air museums, where visitors can explore the cultural heritage of Bergen.

FACTS Location Bergen, Norway Competition 2017, winning propsal in prequalified project competition Status Starting-up Size 1.700 m2 Developer Bymuseet i Bergen Architect AART architects Engineer Norconsult Landscape architect SLA

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In the 19th century, Bergen was the largest wooden town in Europe, where wooden houses formed the framework for busy squares and streets. The historic town can be experienced in the Old Bergen Museum, whose story will now be consolidated and recounted in the new visitor centre. Constructed as three connected but staggered saddleback-roofed houses in wood, the visitor centre interprets the historic town environment such that respect for the city's cultural heritage and modern museum communication go hand in hand. Not only is the visitor centre modelled upon the old wooden houses, it also draws the historic town environment into the foyer and frames the view of the open-air museum. It turns outwards and inwards at one and the same time. It connects the outdoors and indoors while creating an inner, spatial relationship supported by a centrally located stairway that invites visitors to spend time and opens the exhibition rooms across floors; all with a focus on providing visitors with a taste of the experience that awaits them.


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FACTS Location Bagsværd, Denmark Competition 2017, winning proposal in prequalified project competition Status Starting-up Developer Fonden Danmarks Rostadion Full-service consultant AART architects Architects AART architects E+E architects Landscape architect LIW Planning Engineer Viggo Madsen

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The new national rowing stadium will extend along the shores of Bagsværd Lake and include a training and competition facility with a judges’ tower and spectator stands. The heart of the facility will be the rowing centre with a boathouse, workshop, training facilities, meeting space and offices. The rowing centre will be the lynchpin for the rowing stadium’s wide-ranging activities. Instead of being dug into the landscape, the rowing centre will be built up from the grid structure of the boathouse into a transparent, wood-clad building. The transition between the lake and the forest will also be drawn right into the rowing centre. So inside the building the varying heights will give a sense of the lake-facing slope and provide a constant view into the forest and out over the lake. The rowing centre project will also include the construction of a judges’ tower. Inspired by the expanse of the lake and the verticality of the forest, the tower will be an elevated, sculptural, wooden structure. The façade’s vertical wooden slats will reflect the architecture of the rowing centre, investing the tower with an upright look as a contrast to the horizontal lines of the spectator stands. While the materials and simple shapes of the tower mean the it will blend naturally with the environment, it will also stand out and form a visual landmark, when viewed from the lake. In addition, on the forest-facing side, the tower will have an integrated climbing wall and wall bars for outdoor training. Together with the covered terrace, this will make the tower an ideal destination for a wide range of visitors.


DENMARK’S ROWING STADIUM Denmark’s Rowing Stadium at Bagsværd Lake will fulfil the vision of creating a rowing stadium in an international league of its own. Here, in a location poised between the lake and the forest, the sporting elite will meet the broader public, and the classic discipline of rowing will interact with other forms of sport.

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HEALING ARCHITECTURE - across the Nordic countries

STAVANGER UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL The new university hospital in Stavanger has been designed to provide space for new research and treatment facilities and to be at the forefront of the region’s demographic development. These objectives are carried out in scenic surroundings south of Stavanger, which allows hospital staff to interact with patients in a healing environment.

THE HOSPITAL ØSTFOLD KALNES The hospital is located southeast of Oslo and includes four existing hospitals and a psychiatric care centre under one roof, focusing on offering specialised health care for the people in the Østfold region.

NORDMØRE ROMSDAL HOSPITAL The hospital will replace the existing hospitals in Kristiansund and Molde, in addition to serving as a psychiatric hospital. Add to this, that it might become Norway’s most scenic hospital. When completed in a few years, it will offer a unique healing environment surrounded by green parks and the deep blue fjords of the west coast of Norway.

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ÖREBO UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL The expansion of Örebo University Hospital in Sweden has been designed to interact with the urban context and offer healing and highly specialised settings for both patients and staff. In addition to a new lobby and main entrance, the new building includes wards, operating theatres and specialist same-day surgery services.

REGIONAL HOSPITAL GØDSTRUP The hospital in Gødstrup, Denmark, has been designed to push the potential of modern healthcare architecture by offering therapeutic and operational efficiency in the absolute elite.

PSYCHIATRY CLUSTER GØDSTRUP The future psychiatry cluster at the Regional Hospital Gødstrup supports the idea of a cohesive hospital, where the various clinical specialties work closely together in an integrated treatment environment in close contact with the healing surroundings.

NEUROREHABILITATION CENTRE The new neurorehabilitation centre at Glostrup Hospital in Copenhagen has been designed to create a smooth patient journey with highquality rehabilitation for people with severe brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

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MUSHOLM The expansion of Musholm fulfils the Danish Muscular Dystrophy Foundation’s long-standing dream of creating a leading international holiday and sports centre for people with disabilities. Heralded all over the world as a breakthrough in accessible architecture, the expansion has enhanced the image of the Danish Muscular Dystrophy Foundation as a visionary disability organisation.

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This amazing place shows clearly that there is no problem in making handicap friendly buildings that are beautiful. You simply long to be here. Mette Bock Danish Minister of Culture

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The expanded Musholm with its new multi-purpose sports hall and 24 new holiday homes has shown how creating space for differences, rather than compensating for differences, can improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. With its socially innovative architecture, this holiday and sports centre has raised the bar in an important societal debate. Honoured as one of the world's most inspiring sports facilities by the International Olympic Committee and featured more than 400 times in the Danish media alone in its first year, the expanded Musholm shed new light on how buildings and public spaces can enrich the lives of all people, regardless of their disability. The expansion of Musholm also testifies how architecture can make a social difference, while promoting economic development in a region. With its new multi-purpose sports hall and holiday homes, Musholm has become a place for both families and major sporting events, and Visit West Zealand expects the holiday/sports centre to increase international tourism in the region by 10%. This corresponds to an estimated growth in tourism turnover of DKK 35 million per year, meaning that the expansion will have paid for itself after just three years.

Location Korsør, Denmark Competition Winning proposal in prequalified project competition in 2013 Status Completed in 2015 Size 3,200 m2 Developer The Danish Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Architect AART architects Engineer D&N / MOE Landscape architect BSAA UrbanLAB Consultants Keingart / Bexcom Awards IOC/IAKS Award IPC/IAKS Distinction Award IAUD Award Slagelse Municipality Building Award

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INSPIRIA SCIENCE CENTER Inspiria Science Center is designed as an experience centre, where children can gain knowledge about energy, environment and science. It is a strategic architectural project, which was honoured at the UN Climate Conference 2016 as one of the world’s most inspiring initiatives for a sustainable future.

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FACTS By combining play with learning and knowledge with adventure, Inspiria Science Center is designed to stimulate the desire of children to learn. The planetarium, outdoor science park and interactive exhibitions and workshops enable room for learning, focusing on increasing the interest for science and showing how sustainability can reinforce the quality of life of both environment and humans. Even the ride to the science centre is a lesson in sustainability, since the more than 50,000 school children, who visit the science centre every year, are picked up in hybrid buses. The science centre is further designed as a low-energy house and pilot project in terms of sustainable waste and rainwater handling. The focus on sustainability is also visible in the basic form of the science centre, melting together nature’s cycle, cyclic repetitions and spiral forms with the cycle of technology as the universal force of the circular basic form. The ambition was to create a building with a strong signature, contributing to the branding of the work and vision of Inspiria Science Center. The science centre is part of a long-term strategy for promoting a sustainable way of life and making knowledge about energy and environment the most valuable asset of the Østfold region. Not only by means of the activities in the science centre, but also through architecture, since the science centre is designed as a building with a strong identity, in order to increase the regional interest for science and the national interest in the region.

Location Graalum / Norway Status Completed in 2011 Competition Winning proposal in invited international architecture competition 2007 Size 7000 m2 Developer Inspiria Eiendom Architect AART architects Engineer Cowi Consultant Yit Multiconsult Expology Honorary award Energy Globe Award Iconic Award Prime Property Award Arnstein Arneberg Award Østfold Prisen

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THE BORREGAARD HEAD OFFICE As one of the world’s leading biorefineries, Borregaard works strategically on sharing and developing knowledge within sustainability. Thus, the new head office in Sarpsborg was designed from the idea that ideas arise, thoughts are shared and knowledge is developed when people meet.

FACTS Location Sarpsborg / Norway Competition 2013, private assignment Status Completed in 2015 Size 3200 m2 Developer Borregaard Architect AART architects Engineer Rambøll

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The head office includes Borregaard’s top management, as well as 100 of the company’s 1700 employees. The building was designed to share and develop knowledge, which you will see upon entering the lobby with an atrium, opening up the interior of the building, in order to create a social centre of gravity across floors and functions. From the lobby, you have a clear view to the conference rooms, rising as sculptural room elements, cladded with wood as a reference to wood being the sustainable raw material of Borregaard. In order to support Borregaard’s sustainable brand, the head office is built on a holistic principle, making energy-optimised solutions an integrated part of the overall architectural look. This has resulted in a compact building that ensures an optimal ratio between minimum surface and maximum volume. The long atrium further pulls daylight far into the building, reducing the need for artificial light, while the pixel structure of the facade creates a fascinating play of light during the day, all year through.


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SLETTEN Sletten meets FDF's vision about promoting active outdoor life. Architecture and landscape melt together in the open air centre, where roof projections, window facades and materials such as wood and stone pull nature inside the open air centre – in order to provide room for life, inside and outside, all year through.

FACTS Location Ry / Denmark Status Completed in 2005 Competition 2003, winning proposal in prequalified project Size 1150 m2 Developer FDF Architect AART architects Engineer KorsbĂŚk & Partnere Honorary award Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2005

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The interaction with the natural surroundings is omnipresent in the open air centre. Apart from the roof projections, window facades and overall use of natural materials, the huge fireplace is also characterised by nature and the natural gathering point in the multipurpose room. Despite the almost monumental internal dimensions, the open air centre is situated naturally in the woody hills, while the window facades offer a panoramic view of the scenic surroundings. However, the open air centre does not look entirely neutral in its surroundings. The organic but also stringent and geometrical exterior challenges the highland lake area of Central Jutland. The sloping roof enhances the feeling of the open air centre as to the surroundings, where the forest encircles the green, sloping plain, inviting to play and learning for children and adolescents in the amphitheatre and widespread nature area.


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RESEARCH In our architectural work, we do more than just design buildings. We document the impact we make through our architecture – and it is this that motivated us to establish our internal research department AART+, led by associate partner Nanna Flintholm. With AART+, we have developed a strategic space in which we gain new insights into how architecture can create opportunities beyond the expected both for our clients and for society in a broader perspective. With these insights, we are able not only to document the impact of our completed projects, but also to design informed architecture, built on a strong strategic foundation. Over the years, AART+ has been enriching our consultancy services in several areas, ranging from symposiums on the learning environment of tomorrow to research collaborations with the University of Aarhus on value creation in energy renovation, and with the Alexandra Institute on the social impact of our projects.

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AART+ is led by architect and associate partner Nanna Flintholm.


I have never before encountered the fact that architecture can be identical to freedom, highlights Eva Bjerrum from the Alexandra Institute in her social survey of the sports and holiday resort Musholm.

With support from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, AART+ has initiated a collaboration with the Alexandra Institute in order to document the social impact of our completed projects.

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AARHUS COPENHAGEN

SPARKING CHANGE THROUGH ARCHITECTURE

750,000 VISITORS

The Culture Yard has become an amazing attraction, my aunt Ruth has to visit this place we have been given, says a local citizen in an interview with the Alexandra Institute. With more than 750,000 visitors a year, the Culture Yard has created new opportunities for the development of Elsinore as a cultural city.

The Waterfront stands apart. In terms of its relationship to its site it works extremely well. In addition, the use of materials works exceptionally well and the quality of space is extremely good, says David Lawrence, jury member at WAN Residential Awards.

40 MINUTES

The Waterfront has created extraordinary sales. In the forst building phase, the apartments were sold within just 40 minutes.

53%

We expected good results, but it has really surprised us that they are this amazing, says Vinnie Lerche, educational manager at VUC Syd, in an interview with the Alexandra Institute. With its new education centre, VUC Syd has increased its number of students by 53 per cent and reduced its dropout rate significantly.

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FOUNDING PARTNERS Anders Tyrrestrup Torben Skovbjerg Larsen Anders Strange

ASSOCIATE PARTNERS Thomas Pedersen Nanna Flintholm Rasmus Højkjær Larsen Mads Nygaard

ORGANISATION AART architects were established in 2000 by the architects Anders Strange, Torben Skovbjerg Larsen and Anders Tyrrestrup. Since then, we as a company have grown significantly in size and reach – and five times we have been acknowledged as one of the fast-growing companies in Denmark. Concurrently with our growth, we have expanded to include Thomas Pedersen, Nanna Flintholm, Rasmus Højkjær Larsen and Mads Nygaard as associate partners. In their daily and strategic work, the partner group is supported by key personnel, who are in charge of operations, finance, communications, business development and concept development – all with a focus on creating an open and operational organisation.

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Nordic Opportunities / AART architects  

Dive into the world of AART architects - their design approach and their wide array of projects across the Nordic countries.

Nordic Opportunities / AART architects  

Dive into the world of AART architects - their design approach and their wide array of projects across the Nordic countries.