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Social Housing, Sustainable

Project timeline

2008 – 2013



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Current state


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Isbjerget, Iceberg project,

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SeArch, Louis Paillard

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€33 million

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Iceberg Change this

Aarhus, Denmark
by Julien De Smedt, CEBRA Change this
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The Aarhus Harbour development, or the 'Iceberg' project, provides a huge opportunity for Denmark’s second largest city to develop in a socially sustainable way by renovating its old, out-of-use container terminal.

The area is meant to become a living city quarter, comprised of a multitude of cultural and social activities, a generous amount of workplaces, and of course, a highly mixed and diverse array of housing types.

The Iceberg Project seeks to locate itself within the goals of the overall city development. A third of the project’s 200 apartments will be set aside as affordable rental housing, aimed at integrating a diverse social profile into the new neighborhood development. The project’s main obstacle is the density set up for the development, the desired square meters are in conflict with the specified site height restrictions and the overall intentions of providing ocean views along with good daylight conditions.

The Iceberg negotiates this problem, by remaining far below the maximum heights at points and emerging above the dotted line at other moments. “Peaks” and “canyons” form; eliciting the project’s iconic strength while ensuring that all flats will be supplied with a generous amount of natural lighting and waterfront views.


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