Today is the first cut of the sod for NEW AARCH, the new school of architecture in Aarhus, Denmark. Just a few days after the announcement, the winning team is meeting up with local students to discuss ideas for the new school.
On Friday 17 March the winners of NEW AARCH, the first ever new school of architecture in Denmark, were announced. Today, just three days later, the work begins. The winning team is a collaboration between Vargo Nielsen Palle, three newly qualified architects and the Danish architectural office, ADEPT. NEW AARCH is a school for architects by architects and therefore it is very important to Martin Krogh, founding partner and architect at ADEPT, to include the students in the design process.
‘This Monday we are holding workshops with some of the students at the current school to figure out how NEW AARCH should be designed for use. Hopefully they will have ideas for the facade and the general use of the building that we haven’t thought of ourselves,’ he says.
Besides brainstorming and generating ideas, one of the items on the workshop’s agenda is to build a 1:50 scale model of the school.
The timetable for this project is ambitious. The new school is planned to be finished and ready to welcome new students in approximately three years from now – meaning 2020. But the tight schedule does not frighten Martin Krogh.
‘This project works hard from the beginning. It’s an ambitious timeline, which requires a lot of effort from everybody, but I believe it’s good to take quick action and not drag the process out for too long,’ he says.
Aarhus School of Architecture wanted a flexible framework around workshops, architectural experiments and interactions. The winning proposal is designed as a living laboratory and has a distinctive character, suitable for everyday life. One of the characteristics of NEW AARCH is openness, which has also been a recurring theme in the collaboration between Vargo Nielsen Palle and ADEPT.
‘A collaboration like this demands respect for each other and openness towards ideas. Openness is the key when you work in a cross-functional forum. We have welcomed Vargo Nielsen Palle into our studio to develop the project together and we have had fun collaborating. Some of their ideas live with ours and vice versa. In this way, we create our strongest ideas and that’s what we hope will happen when we invite the students to work with us,’ Martin Krogh concludes.
Facts and Contacts:
Vargo Nielsen Palle is Brian Vargo, Jonas Snedevind Nielsen, and Mathias Palle. After winning the open idea competition for the school in 2016, they established their own architectural firm. They focus on an integrated design process, balancing financial, techni- cal, and architectural ideas into one design concept. Vargo Nielsen Palle will continue to lead the project from the invited competition in the same spirit.
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ADEPT was founded in 2006 by Anders Lonka, Martin Laursen and Martin Krogh that are in charge of ADEPTs creative works. Within recent years ADEPT have completed a large number of cultural and educational projects, among these the award-winning ’Dalarna Medie Bibliotek’ in Falun, Sweden, UCN in Aalborg, National Museum in Frederiksberg and Ku.Be house of culture and movement, Frederiksberg.
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Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter is a newly started firm with a special focus on architecture, project development, and project management. They have projects in Denmark, Norway, and Greenland.
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Tri-Consult A/S is an engineering company based in Aarhus with 30 employees and advisors in a variety of specialties for projects throughout Denmark. Tri-Consult was founded in 1965 and has through the years built up a high degree of competency and experi- ence in new buildings, renovations, climate and energy, and civil works.
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Steensen Varming is a global engineering firm with expertise in mechanical and electrical engineering, lighting and sustainable design. The firm was founded in Copenhagen 1933 and has been involved in iconic international buildings such as the Sydney Opera House. They continue that legacy from offices in Copenhagen, London, Sydney, Hong Kong, and New York.
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