3XN presents la tour residential tower in aarhus, denmark
all images courtesy of 3XN

 

 

 

UPDATE: on february 15, 2016, it was announced that 3XN had been granted preliminary approval for the project by local authorities. the copenhagen-based firm anticipates that final approval for the tower will be received by the summer of 2016.

 

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commissioned by developer jens richard pedersen, architecture office 3XN has presented its design for ‘la tour’, a 31-floor residential building planned for aarhus, denmark. situated near a major vehicular route into the city, the project aims to become a prominent visual feature of the neighborhood, while providing high-quality and affordable housing. the structure is arranged in a semicircular plan, and transitions from a low-rise volume into a high-rise tower with a terraced configuration. the organization allows for optimized views, increased daylight exposure, as well as balconies for each living unit.

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the design gradually transitions from a low-rise volume into a 31-story tower

 

 

 

the tower will include almost 300 living units, composed primarily of three-bedroom apartments as well as larger layouts on the upper levels. each dwelling is expressed on the building’s façades to break down the large elevations of the facility.

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the tower will include almost 300 living units

 

 

 

in particular, attention was paid to a landmark water tower located adjacent to the site, resulting in the design’s lower height toward the street. in regards to this aspect, founder and creative director of 3XN, kim herforth nielsen, remarks, ‘we have ensured that the water tower in no means disappears behind the new tower but instead retains its character as point of reference and remains a worthy partner in the skyline of the local area.’

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the high-rise structure will become a noticeable addition to aarhus’ skyline

 

 

 

in describing the project’s intentions, developer jens richard pedersen states, ‘with the design of the ‘la tour tower’ we are able to offer the residents accommodation near the city center as well as offering them attractive physical surroundings in terms of functional and economically accessible homes with balcony and a spectacular view. the many apartments will bring life to the neighborhood and the striking design of the building will strengthen the entire identity of the area.

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the scheme pays particular attention to the water tower adjacent to the site

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the tower viewed from the passing street at dusk

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the stepped configuration allows for roof terraces

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each unit is expressed on the building’s façade to break down the large elevations

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the scheme wraps around an outdoor plaza

 

 

 

 

project info:

 

location: aarhus, denmark
function: residential
gross floor area: 22,671 sqm
year: 2014
client: JRP
architecture: 3XN
3XN team: kim herforth nielsen, jes tonsgaard andersen, filip lipinski, maria tkacova, jeppe kongstad hjort, steffen riegas, oscar nordström, jan park sørensen
engineering: rambøll A/S