danish firm AART architects has designed a series of pop-up train carriages in aarhus, denmark that provide the setting for a wide range of activities. the scheme seeks to inject new life into the neighborhood — a desolated industrial area at the edge of the city center. the project involved exposing the site’s existing rail lines so that temporary architectural interventions — such as a single-room hotel, a boutique store, and a public greenhouse — could occupy the tracks.

AART architects pop-up train carriages
all images courtesy of AART and givisme

 

 

in developing the project, AART worked alongside non-profit organization givisme as well as citizens from across the city, who helped build the pop-up carriages. aarhus’ increasing urbanization means that industrial areas are continually being transformed into residential neighborhoods.

AART architects pop-up train carriages
the carriages contain a variety of functions, including a single-room hotel

 

 

this kind of urban transformation is an integral part of the daily life in the city,’ says the design team. ‘however, the timespan between the political decisions and the completed transformations are often long – so, why not use this timespan productively and make the best of the areas while they are being transformed?’

AART architects pop-up train carriages
a range of temporary architectural interventions occupy the tracks

 

 

by exposing the area’s old railway lines and designing a series of pop-up train carriages, the design team sought to show how architecture can revive desolate areas and engage members of the public. while many carriages have already been built, the plan is that more temporary facilities will be added before the end of the year. during the northside music festival, which was held nearby, the units were adapted to include a bar and pharmacy.

AART architects pop-up train carriages
movable street furniture provides a place to sit and congregate

AART architects pop-up train carriages
the micro-hotel seen from the outside

AART architects pop-up train carriages
during the northside musical festival the units were adapted to include a pharmacy

AART architects pop-up train carriages
the plan is that more temporary facilities will be added

AART architects pop-up train carriages
the scheme seeks to inject new life into the neighborhood

AART architects pop-up train carriages
the architects worked alongside non-profit organization givisme as well as citizens from across the city

AART architects pop-up train carriages
members of the public helped build the pop-up carriages

AART architects pop-up train carriages
a rendering indicating the scheme’s potential

 

 

project info:

 

location: aarhus, denmark
initiator: givisme
architect: AART architects
builders: local citizens

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