A design team comprising JDS Architects, CEBRA, SeArch, and Louis Paillard completed a massive iceberg-inspired development on the harbor of Aarhus, Denmark.
The aptly-named Iceberg mixed-use project was completed in 2013 and consists of 200 apartments as well as office space and social facilities. As part of a commitment to social sustainability, the Iceberg was built upon the renovation of an existing, but out-of-use container terminal. In addition, a third of its housing was set aside for affordable rentals.
The Iceberg was selected as the winning entry in Aarhus’ international design competition held in 2008. The second largest city in Denmark, Aarhus sought to redefine its post-industrial image and find new uses for old industrial sites and buildings. The final five-acre development serves as a “living city quarter” and offers a diverse array of cultural and social spaces in addition to office and residential homes.
The iconic iceberg-like shape of the buildings was partly informed by the competition’s challenging requirements for high-density as well as site height restrictions. The jagged rooflines also helped preserve ocean views and good daylight conditions. To keep with the Iceberg’s geometric forms, the windows comprise a mix of triangular and square frames. Transparent icy blue balconies extend from various floors to complete the wintry theme.