The Danish Building and Property Agency has launched an open international contest for a new £20 million home for the Aarhus School of Architecture
Open to ‘major architectural firms as well as young untested architects’ – the contest seeks proposals for both the new faculty and its surrounding areas.
The three winners of the open contest will compete against BIG, Lacaton & Vassal and SANAA who were selected at the end of a separated restricted contest last month.
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.
Aarhus School of Architecture rector Torben Nielsen said: ‘It’s not every day a school of architecture is built from scratch.
‘As a tribute to the architectural profession, we will take the opportunity offered by the design competition to get proposals from the entire industry for rethinking the school’s physical setting. Our dream is a new school that resonates internationally and shows what architecture can do.’
He continued: ‘We will not define a wide range of requirements for the project. We are curious and open to new ways of thinking when it comes to designing the school. For this reason, we have drawn up an open competition programme that focuses on ‘the good idea.’
Eric Jespersen – director of Aarhus Municipality’s Department of Technical Services and Environment – said: ‘Godsbanearealerne, located in the heart of Arhus, is the city’s new creative urban district that is developing in an unconventional way.’
He continued: ‘Having a new school of architecture located in the area will be perfect for the vision of a diverse urban district. At Aarhus Municipality we hope Aarhus School of Architecture will, due to its physical expression and its function, involve its surroundings and the city, and thus create great popular interest in and an insight into the importance of aesthetics, architecture and urban development.’
Jespersen and city architect Stephen Willacy will advise the judging panel for the open contest. The six finalists will receive around £38,000 each to compete for the job.
The overall winning team will receive around £20,000 to participate in a negotiated procedure for the design contract.
The deadline for submissions is 1 February.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Project Manager at the Danish Building & Property Agency
Tel: +45 4170 1014
Rector, Aarhus School of Architecture
Tel: +45 8936 0200