As background for the project we find the city of Aarhus, which has proposed
the realization of an architecture school, which is currently in a building
that was not intended for this purpose, and so, its facilities.
The site given is an industrial plot, an old unloading
yard for freight trains. A series of marks and prints have been left to
characterize and define the place:
- The old hangar where the trains arrived, has now become a cultural
center, which gives space to
workshops and studios.
Godsbanen, is a building interspersed within the unnload yard, which has improved
- A series of customs buildings, spontaneously converted by Bureau
Detours, create a neighborhood of workshops and ateliers called the INSTITUT FOR
(X), which have settled both in customs buildings and in containers.
The current position of the city regarding this plot is based on the
demolition of the INSTITUT FOR (X) neighborhood, to have the space for the construction
of the new architecture school.
The idea of the project, therefore, is to go against this initiative,
and try to maintain the area intervened by the INSTITUT FOR (X), which, carried
out in line with the place, integrates and highlights the potential of the plot
and its industrial character.
The project to be carried out will be phased, with a first catalyst. As
a generating idea, it starts from the old train tracks that populated the plot.
Picking up this idea, an axis is made, which crosses the plot lengthwise and
will be evidenced by a train hangar, through which a material transport system
runs. The tracks are connected to an existing recycling center, converted into
a factory, which will collect leftover materials derived from the maintenance
of the railways and that will result in a reduction in the cost of future
projects and the environmental impact during the work by minimizing transport.
The hangar is intended as a distribution network, and connection between
projects carried out in later phases, in which all the elements that appear are
integrated. For all this, the hangar is thought of as a plug, to which a series of
plug-ins will be connected that will give meaning to the project, thereby
creating an infrastructure at a neighborhood level.
As the first plug-in, we find NEW AARCH, the new architecture school of
Aarhus, an important piece for the rest of the project to be carried out. It
will fill the site with a constant flow of students and teachers that will
populate, not only the school, but the rest of the plot together with the
INSTITUT FOR (X).
In this way a container is generated, a free and open space, where you
can explore. A changing and flexible space that allows adapting to what it
contains. Scenarios that are already diverse in an architecture school and give
the possibility to house others. Free plans linked to a spirit of movement.
The school is placed so that all the exposed conditions are considered.
It is sunk in the ground and above a huge pool that would channel and store
water in case of flooding.
It is connected to the hangar by three towers, which will be used both
as vertical communication elements, as material transport, with a central
tower, which replaces the stairs with a forklift associated with the hangar and
thanks to a crane system and of mobile platforms will make the movement of
In constructive terms, the building tries to maintain the same
industrial air, and use materials
such as polycarbonate and textures that are in line with the construction
process that will be of vital importance, establishing a system that functions
as an assembly line or factory.
A free plan that is
achieved thanks to a structure of cable-stayed trusses -based on the Pompidou
center by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano-, which functions as an
As thermal and sustainability factors, an integrated system is
committed, ranging from the building's globality; with a double skin system,
which generates an air chamber, tempered air that will be taken to the
treatment units, passing through the covering and materials, betting on the use
of a polycarbonate with a high transmittance. And even passive systems and
renewable energy such as geothermal energy or wind energy.