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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Nordic Architecture Denmark
We call this ‘everyday architecture’, and it can withstand normal use and abuse without the need for extensive, constant, and costly maintenance.” Convenience for fast-paced lives At Nørre Allé, Eriksen Arkitekter built a modern, five-storey building around the needs of a younger generation who can take an elevator to park and store their bicycles on the 750 square metre rooftop terrace and descend to their spacious apartments, perfect for cohabitation. The supermarket below only adds to the convenience of their fast-paced lives. “As one of the largest building projects in recent years in the centre of Aarhus, this was an important assignment,” Eriksen declares. “Our intention was to provide extremely functional rooms that optimise space for both the retail and residential inhabitants of the building. The function of the ground-level shop activities and the routine needs of the tenants dictate a natural flow between retail product delivery and residential access at the same entry-point in order not to disturb everyday life.” High aesthetics, low maintenance On the façade of the building, Eriksen Arkitekter chose to use classic materials
that are beautiful in their own right and age well despite the harsh Danish climate. The need for high aesthetics at low maintenance is always an important concern for the architects. This is a structure that is meant to remain beautiful for years to come. “We wanted a light goldenbrown, copper Baldachin to complement the golden-brown brick we used on the outer walls. The many large openings of the façade attract the passers-by and give life to this area of town,” explains Eriksen, adding: “All of the windows contain narrow frames in a complementary brown composite and copper. This combination of copper, brick and glass gives the building an aesthetic appeal that elevates the structure to a higher rank, and provides a uniquely eye-catching view in an otherwise deprived urban part of Nørre Allé.”
ity,” and “strive to heighten the quality of everyday architecture.” Eriksen Arkitekter M.A.A., formed in 1985, is one of the many companies that make up the larger Eriksen Group. The Eriksen Group specialises in project management and aesthetic, sustainable everyday architecture, as well as entrepreneurship and financing. The Eriksen Group also includes Eriksen
Eriksen Arkitekter proves that it is possible to retain beautiful, functional design and simultaneously meet the needs of many different inhabitants – residential and retail. Its team’s eye for design and utility is unparalleled. At Eriksen Arkitekter, the director insists, they have an “intense affinity for good craftsmanship, design, and technical abil-
Entreprise A/S, Eriksen Development A/S, and Eriksen Projectudvikling A/S. Where to find us: Vestergade 83, 8000 Aarhus
For more information about Freddie Eriksen and Eriksen Arkitekter A/S, please visit: www.eriksenarkitekter.dk
“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,” says Freddie Eriksen.
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Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.