At the top floors, renowned artist Doug Aitken interprets the lantern of a lighthouse through twelve, custom designed galleries. The galleries offer a unique, spatial experience across several floors where art and view, city and bay interrelate in new ways. The crossing between observation platform and art gallery shapes an iconic place and marks Aarhus Ø.
The proposal adds urban qualities and attractions to the city district making it interesting and fun to locals and visitors to visit the most remote parts of Aarhus Ø. Based on microclimate analyses and wind studies conducted by Henning Larsen’s specialists, the team created comfortable urban spaces able to accommodate outdoor catering at the foot of the spectacular building. Here, one is able to experience the contrast between the wind-swept quay and the shielded urban spaces and parks.
Towards the bay, a large square promotes an active, maritime environment with the possibility to farm mussels, establish a sea kayak club and add changing facilities to the existing sea swim club. Towards the north-west, some of the existing kitchen gardens will remain next to a more active and recreational area in connection to the fitness facilities at the building’s ground floor level.
Henning Larsen developed the proposal in collaboration with A. Enggaard. The City of Aarhus chose to move forward with another proposal.