Our entry has a clear strategy in relation to the site plan where the school of architecture is placed parallel to Carl Blochs Gade, and the additional architectural programme is placed to the south and east. In this way the former railway goods terminal ‘Godsbanen’ and Aarhus School of Architecture are placed on an equal footing. This intervention helps create a certain atmosphere of variety in the east-west direction that works very well in the context. The entry has furthermore been composed in a holistic manner which secures a green connection from the south. The overall site plan contains some fine characteristics and creates a comprehensible system for urban spaces, arrival and orientation. The entry’s proposed design for the school of architecture has an interesting composition.
The concept is based on a large exterior volume, in terms of scale, which can be compressed during a given period of time. Thus a permanent exterior frame is established which creates a large central space internally. Above this space a strong structural grid is designed where a room of boxes may be installed in time. The first thing to greet a visitor is the school’s activities in the workshop and mock-up facilities, and the visual contact and transparency between the functions of the building are given pride of place. The hall appears to be an intense and beautiful space that might provide a good gathering place for the school. The building volume is clearly designed using resource demanding solutions.