Aarhus Docklands

Aarhus Docklands
Aarhus Ø
View of Aarhus Docklands from Riis Skov (July 2017)
View of Aarhus Docklands from Riis Skov (July 2017)
Aarhus Docklands is located in Aarhus
Aarhus Docklands
Aarhus Docklands
Aarhus Docklands in Aarhus
Coordinates: 56°09′50″N 10°13′41″E / 56.164°N 10.228°E / 56.164; 10.228
Regions of DenmarkCentral Denmark Region
MunicipalityAarhus Municipality
Postal code

Aarhus Docklands (Danish: Aarhus Ø) is a new neighbourhood and construction site in Aarhus, Denmark.

Construction of Aarhus Docklands began in 2008 and most buildings and constructions have been finished as of 2018. The project will convert the former container port, Nordhavn in the Port of Aarhus, to a new residential, educational, commercial and recreational area, consisting of high rise buildings of modern architectural designs, seaside promenades and a network of canals.

Fully developed, the Docklands neighbourhood is intended to sustain 10-12,000 residents and 10,000 jobs in an area equalling the size of Trøjborg, an adjacent neighbourhood. Aarhus Docklands offers a view of the Aarhus Bay and there is just a short distance to the inner city.[1]

Aarhus Docklands is part of the larger Peri-urban Harbour-areas (De Bynære Havnearealer) comprising nearly all of the old harbour district along the coastline. It is among the largest harbourfront development projects in Europe.[2]


The projects at Aarhus Docklands includes several notable architectural designs:

Light House (Aarhus)

Lighthouse og Isbjerget feb 2012.jpg
Light house construction, February 2012.
General information
StatusUnder construction
TypeResidential, Commercial
Coordinates56°09′56.26″N 10°13′52.88″E / 56.1656278°N 10.2313556°E / 56.1656278; 10.2313556Coordinates: 56°09′56.26″N 10°13′52.88″E / 56.1656278°N 10.2313556°E / 56.1656278; 10.2313556
Estimated completion2014
CostDKK 2.5 billion
Roof142 m (466 ft)
Technical details
Floor area800,000 m2 (8,600,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect(s)3XN & UNStudio
Structural engineerGrontmij Carl Bro

The Lighthouse (or Lighthouse*), is a residential project under construction in Aarhus Docklands, the new harbour front district of Aarhus. The project was originally divided in 2 phases, but due to financial problems, the first phase was sub-divided in 2 stages. Both these initial stages are completed, with stage 2 finished in 2014.

Despite what its name might suggest, Light House is not actually a functioning lighthouse, since such was not needed at the time of construction.

Construction and change of plans

The original phase 2 of the Light House project, included a 142 m tall tower. Located at the edge of the harbour front, overlooking the Aarhus Bay, it would have been the tallest building in Denmark and a landmark for the city of Aarhus. It was supposed to comprise more apartments, offices, a hotel and restaurant and underground parking lots. In addition to the original financial problems, it was discovered during the construction of phase 1 in 2008, that the construction ground was not stable enough to support a tower of that size. A countrywide geological survey showed that the building site was in fact one of the most unstable in Denmark.[4] In December 2013, the investment company of Havneinvest A/S decided not to use the buy- and construct-option for the tower site. The option prize was DKK 270 mill (originally DKK 417 million[5]), but after four years of thorough investigations for DKK 9 million, the investor concluded that the project could not be realized. The investigations revealed among several issues, that the wind conditions could not allow for balconies at the tower.[6] The Hilton Hotels & Resorts company has also abandoned the project, because they found the hotel capacity in Aarhus large enough for the market.[7]

The construction price for the tower has been estimated at DKK 1.5 billion and now Aarhus Municipality is considering other investors and a rethinking of the original tower project altogether.[5]

Return of the tower

On the 13th of March 2018, a modified version of the tower was publicly reinstated into the Lighthouse plan. The 45 storey, 142 meter tall building is expected to be finished in 2022.[8]



  1. ^ "De Bynære Havnearealer" (in Danish). Aarhus Kommune. Archived from the original on 7 May 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  2. ^ De Bynære Havnearealer Archived 2018-04-22 at the Wayback Machine (in Danish)
  3. ^ "Navitas Science and Innovation (NSI)". NSI (INCUBA). Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  4. ^ Jonas Hvid, Morten Elstrup and Jacob Haislund (14 September 2013). "Undergrunden driller stadig prestigeprojekt [The underground still haunts prestigeproject]". Jyllands-Posten (in Danish). Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b Morten Svith (26 August 2008). "Ustabilt lerlag under Lighthouse [Unstable claylayer beneath Lighthouse]". Århus Stiftstidende (in Danish). Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  6. ^ Jonas Hvid and Jacob Haislund (9 December 2013). "Havneinvest opgiver at bygge byens fyrtårn [Havneinvest abandons constructing the citys' lighthouse]". Jyllands-Posten (in Danish). Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  7. ^ Dennis Wormark Larsen (15 September 2013). "Jorden vakler under byggeri" (in Danish). TV2 Østjylland. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  8. ^ Morten Svith (13 March 2018). "Nu går Lighthouse igen efter at nå op I 142 meter" [Now the Lighthouse reaches for 142 meters again] (in Danish). Århus Stiftstidende. Retrieved 13 September 2018.


  • The Aarhus Docklands The Development Secretariat for the Aarhus Docklands
  • Aarhus kommune
  • De Bynære Havnearealer, Center for Byudvikling og Mobilitet (17 September 2014): Lighthouse*: Ikonbyggeri på kanten af Aarhus, Aarhus Kommune.

External links

  • Official website
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