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UNStudio and 3XN plan Denmark's tallest tower

UNStudio and 3XN have teamed up to create this harbour development scheme in the Danish city of Århus.

Netherlands-based UNStudio and Danish outfit 3XN - which replaced Will Alsop on the controversial Museum of Liverpool scheme (3XN's Museum of Liverpool is revived) - are joined by Denmark-based Gehl Architects on the Light*House project.

If the scheme is given the green light, Århus, already famous for its Arne Jacobsen-designed town hall, will also be able to boast Demnark's tallest skyscraper.

In addition to the 110m-tall tower, the car-free harbourfront development will include a new promenade, cafés, restaurants and open squares.

UNStudio claimed the aim of the design - which has similarities to the firm's Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart - was 'to give all houses access to the sun from the south and the view from the north'.

Work is expected to start on site early next year, with completion pencilled for 2011.

by Max Thompson

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