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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Nordic Architecture Denmark
“It has been an important task to create architecture that improves the quality of the area and beautifies the cityscape,” explains director Freddie Eriksen.
In a new light In one of the oldest parts of central Aarhus, not far from the university and the main church, lies a street called Nørre Allé. This traffic-heavy street, lined with many old, neglected, and worn-out buildings, connects the centre of Aarhus to a large, residential area. Although the street has a lot of potential, thanks to its location, the housing and recreational options are very limited. After a lot of negotiation and hard work, a company in the Eriksen Group bought what is now one of the street’s highlights and started the building process behind its success. By Kathleen Newlove | Photos: Thora Knudsen
The architectural mission was to create a building with enough space for a supermarket, 16 two-room apartments, and a large outdoor recreational space. Where there once were three run-of-themill buildings now exists an aesthetic residence of sunlight-filled apartments with a supermarket at the ground level. With
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this project, Eriksen Arkitekter modernised this part of town and gave the street a whole new appearance. Rough and worn-down turned aesthetically pleasing The area has long been in need of a substantial grocery store with the capability to provide goods for all of the neighbour-
hood residents, so Eriksen Arkitekter’s addition of this 1,000 square metre supermarket, which opened in the spring of 2014, was long awaited and is now very popular with the locals. “It has been an important task to create architecture that improves the quality of the area and beautifies the cityscape,” explains director Freddie Eriksen. “This area has been considered rough and worn-down for many years. Its many small shops gave a flickering and incoherent townscape, which lacked a consistent, architectural line in its composition.” He continues: “We wanted to show a new type of architecture that can withstand the exposed environment. This architecture doesn’t degrade, but patinas over time and remains aesthetically pleasing, even after many years.
Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.