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Denmark announces competition for new £20m architecture school

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The Danish Building and Property Agency has launched an international contest for a new £20 million home for the Aarhus School of Architecture

Planned to open in 2020, the 17,000m2 structure within the coastal city’s Godsbanearealet district will be the country’s first ever purpose-built architecture faculty.

It will replace the prestigious school’s existing temporary base inside an old merchant’s house which it has occupied since 1965.

According to the contract notice: ‘The vision for the New Aarhus School of Architecture is “engaging through architecture”. The school wishes for a place that embodies this vision in a raw materiality and robust structure, though flexible enough to withstand changes over time.

‘The building is not expected to be a work of art in itself, but a physical framework for continuous change; a laboratory for architecture.’

Three teams will be shortlisted following a restricted contest and a further three will also be shortlisted following a separate and simultaneous open design competition.

The six finalists will then receive around £38,000 each to compete for the job. The winning team will receive around £20,000 to participate in a negotiated procedure for the design contract.

The competition languages are Danish and English and the deadline for requests to participate is 19 October.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Lisa Sørensen
Carl Jacobsens Vej 39
2500 Valby

Tel: +45 41701014
Email: lis@bygst.dk




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