The NEW AARCH project is based on a project model that has a strong focus on asking the industry for advice, being open to innovative ideas and involving all relevant professional competencies in the process as early as possible. This was implemented in a two-stage competition: an international open design competition, in which all architects and students could participate, followed by a traditional restricted design competition. Subsequently, the contractors were involved early and a new model for tendering and cooperation was developed.
In the spring of 2016, The Danish Building & Property Agency launched the open design competition. 235 entries from 21 countries were submitted. Three winners were chosen: Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde (Denmark), Vargo Nielsen Palle (Denmark), and Erik Giudice Architects (Sweden/France).
The three winners were subsequently asked to establish a full consulting team comprising architects, engineers and landscape architects and were invited to participate in the restricted design competition on an equal footing with the three previously pre-qualified teams. Bringing the number of competing teams to six. The pre-qualified team were BIG (Denmark), Lacaton & Vassal (France), and SANAA (Japan).
Vargo Nielsen Palle chose to collaborate with the architectural firm ADEPT. Supplemented by Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter, Tri-Consult, and Steensen Varming. This team won the international restricted design competition clearly and convincingly in March 2017.
Immediately after the results had been announced, The Danish Building & Property Agency entered into a contract with the consulting team behind the project. The project was processed and further detailed in dialogue with students and staff at Aarhus School of Architecture. And in November 2017 the project was tendered as a turnkey contract with reverse tendering on the basis of an extended outline proposal. This means that the project’s financial framework is fixed and the parties are obliged to develop and, if necessary, adjust the project within this framework. It was a demand of the turnkey contract competition that the winning consulting team would be affiliated with the total contractor as their adviser. The concept of the project was developed in close collaboration between Vargo Nielsen Palle and ADEPT. Initially, Vargo Nielsen Palle were in charge of the consulting team. Today, ADEPT has assumed the leading role in the consulting team. And Vargo Nielsen Palle are external consultants to The Danish Building & Property Agency.
In April 2018, The Danish Building & Property Agency awarded the turnkey contract to A. Enggaard A/S, who was responsible for the construction of the building project.
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In the tabs below you can read more about the project’s new form of tendering and coorporation, New Partnering, the donation from The A.P. Møller Foundation and the project’s artistic decoration, which has been granted by the New Carlsberg Foundation.