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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Is coexistence the new urban language?

By Team IAnD
Photography: Courtesy the Architect
Read Time: 2 mins

Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
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The new "Aarhus School of Architecture" is designed to create a new hybrid layout, where a contemporary architectural typology plays with existing old buildings…

Ar. Paolo Venturella conceives this Denmark project as a volume that "jumps" over an old brick warehouse creating an original approach to preservation and also organizing exterior and interior functions.

Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
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Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark - elevations
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Depicting an organic free-flow, the new structure generates an outdoor path from one side to the other. At the same time, it creates two different levels in the interior space: at the lower level are placed common facilities, such as workshops, exhibition, shops and a ci­vic kitchen, where students and citizens easily meet each other, while at the upper level are meeting rooms, offices, admi­nistration, staff and storage.

Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark layout plan
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Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
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The sloping surface is used for the most representative and characteristic space: a huge "Urban steps". This works as a filter between common and private spaces, where one finds the auditorium for lecturing, the hall for teaching and presenting, the M-lab and the workspaces for showing to visitors, what students research and how they work.

Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark - interiors
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Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark - interiors
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The warehouse is reformed and used for the residencies of artists, craftmen and temporary visitors. In this way, the function of the residen­cies is kept detached from the activities of the school.
 
Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark - google map view
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The new university preserves the industrial heritage of the area and creates a new urban reality for the city.

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