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Playing a part in one of Europe’s biggest waterfront projects

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​The Iceberg on the Aarhus waterfront

​With two large projects on the old dock in the Danish city of Aarhus, COWI plays a leading role in creating the city’s new quarter.

One of the biggest waterfront projects in Europe is currently being carried out at the old docks of Aarhus, the second largest city of Denmark. When completed, it will be home to more than 7,000 people and a workplace for about 12,000.

COWI is currently finishing the last of its two large projects on the old docklands, creating both residential and commercial buildings for the people of Aarhus.


The Iceberg

The Iceberg is a spectacular residential project which recreates the shape of a jagged iceberg, inspired by the former docklands. Following the model of a floating white giant, the crosswise cutting and shifting of the proportions provides all of the 208 apartments, ranging in size from 55 to 227 m², with an unhindered view to the sea, the port and the skyline.
The steep roof areas are not purely a design element: They also ensure that natural light enters the apartments in the winter months despite the low-lying sun.
Construction of the Iceberg apartment complex finished in 2013, and it won the prestigious 2013 Mipim award for “Best Residential Project”.

The offices for Bestseller

Bestsellers new 22.000 m² office complex on the docklands of Aarhus is to be the home for offices, administration and showrooms for Bestseller. In all the complex will consist of five individual buildings, varying from 5 to 11 storeys, and the buildings are all connected by an atrium.
Bestseller expects the office complex to be the workplace for around 800 employees, and the great demand for parking facilities will be accommodated by a 25,000 m² parking garage.
The complex is expected to open its doors for its first employees by the end of 2013.
The port area is meant to become a living city quarter and achieve a proper level of urban density, comprised of a multitude of cultural and social activities, generous amounts of workplaces and, of course, a highly mixed and diverse array of housing types.

LAST UPDATED: 16.09.2016