The move to Godsbanearealerne will give Aarhus School of Architecture an opportunity to influence the way the urban district develops. Aarhus Municipality has set aside an area four times as large as the required site for the new school.
This area will be part of the open design competition, resulting in an overall, comprehensive plan for how the future school of architecture can be an integral part of a new creative and dynamic environment with cafes, homes and other cultural institutions.
“Godsbanearealerne, located in the heart of Arhus, is the city’s new creative urban district that is developing in an unconventional way. Having a new school of architecture located in the area will be perfect for the vision of a diverse urban district. At Aarhus Municipality we hope Aarhus School of Architecture will, due to its physical expression and its function, involve its surroundings and the city, and thus create great popular interest in and an insight into the importance of aesthetics, architecture and urban development,” says Eric Jespersen, Director of the Department of Technical Services and Environment of Aarhus Municipality.
Besides a long initial dialogue with the Danish Building & Property Agency and Aarhus School of Architecture, the municipality has contributed to the competition programme and will continue to be part of discussions about the new school and the further development of Godsbanearealerne. Erik Jespersen and City Architect Stephen Willacy will also be advising the jury in choosing the three winners of the open design competition.
The open design competition is funded by Aarhus School of Architecture and Realdania.
The new school of architecture sited at Godsbanearealerne is expected to be ready for inauguration in the summer of 2020.
Download the official press release (PDF) from the Danish Building & Property Agency.