Frederiks Plads, Aarhus

Over the next few years, a new and attractive district is set to emerge in the center of Aarhus.

A new and attractive district is under development in the center of Aarhus – Frederiks Plads.

On the former site of DSB’s rail component workshop, NCC Property Development A/S is developing a project in partnership with Bricks A/S. With its features and its central location, the project will create synergies and cohesion in the heart of Aarhus. Together with Bruuns Galleri, EY-Huset, Aarhus City Tower, DGI-huset, Jægergården and Centralværkstedet, the mix of residential, retail and office buildings will create a new central district. This combines with large social spaces on Frederiks Plads and paths through the area for pedestrians and cyclists, opening up onto the surrounding streets.

Frederiks Plads has been designed as an urban district within the city, with the buildings placed around an inner square with trees and green areas. The intention is to create a lively and dynamic thoroughfare, while at the same time establishing a light and green public space for those who live and work in the buildings around the square. There are good links south to Marselis Allé and west to Bruuns Galleri and the Central Station. To the east, a public space with steps gives access to Spanien Public Baths and the port area.

The project adds a significant and appropriate development to downtown Aarhus, bringing dynamic new aspects to the center that naturally forms around the main train station and the bus station. Standing like a sculpture on the city’s future skyline, the materials and scale of the development will place it in harmony with the lower buildings along Jægergårdsgade. It will also inject new life into the middle of town, opening up the whole section around Værkmestergade and Jægergårdsgade to the rest of the city.

The new buildings will be tailored to the existing scale of the built environment, starting with 5–7 floors on Jægergårdsgade to the south. Moving north, the buildings will gradually rise to as many as 19 floors, forming a strong new skyline along with the other high-rises in the area, including the KPMG building and the new Aarhus City Tower, which have 17 and 23 floors respectively.

In terms of design and materials, the architecture of the buildings will share a common theme, with the focus on high quality. The facades will thus use natural materials such as yellow brick, which matches many of the significant buildings in the area, including the Central Station and the preserved buildings of Aarhus Central Workshops. Similarly, the buildings’ architecture will make clear material references to Frederiksbjerg and so anchor Frederiks Plads as a natural, integrated part of the city. Facing inwards towards Frederiks Plads the facades of the commercial buildings, mainly in glass and aluminum, will be stepped to form terraces at different levels.

The buildings will be positioned on Frederiks Plads so that the commercial properties will be sited towards Spanien and Værksmestergade, with housing towards Jægergårdsgade and the southern end of Værksmestergade. The plan is for all the buildings to have stores, cafés or restaurants on the ground floor, facing Frederiks Plads.

Frederiks Plads will form a new addition to the city’s portfolio of squares, offering space in lightly furnished little “islands” for breaks plus active café life, relaxation, play, shopping and encounters between people. This is a place of diversity that suits the city’s residents, and it will quickly become an attractive place to spend time. The square will be green, friendly and flexible, so that it can be adapted to the seasons. Centrally, space will be created for a playground and various activities that will help to generate life and atmosphere all year round, giving the district an evocative focal point – the city’s new meeting place.

Facts about Frederiks Plads

  • Property development firm Bricks A/S purchased Komponentværkstedet, a former rail workshop, from DSB in 2010.
  • In partnership with C. F. Møller Architecture, a local development plan was drawn up for the site.
  • NCC Property Development bought the site from Bricks and is now developing the project known as Frederiks Plads in partnership with Bricks and with C. F. Møller Architecture.
  • The project totals around 48,500 m2, of which around 35,000 m2 is commercial (approx. 5,000 m2 retail) and 12,000 m2 residential with 1,500 m2 retail.
  • The site measures approx. 13,500 m2. Up to 500 parking spaces will be spread across several levels underground, with access from Værkmestergade. There is direct access from the car park to the offices, stores and apartments.
  • The development rises in height from around 5–7 floors towards Jægergårdsgade to 14–19 floors on Værkmestergade.
  • Flexibility: The buildings can be laid out and furnished flexibly, with plenty of opportunity to connect areas on the same level and across different levels.
  • There are around 150 apartments with 2–3 rooms plus some penthouse apartments.
  • Location: In the very heart of Aarhus, adjacent to the main train station, the bus station, Bruuns Galleri, pedestrian streets and the new harbor front.
  • The square is an evocative gathering point – one of the city’s new meeting places.
  • Sustainability: The goal is to reduce energy consumption in the residences in line with the 2015 requirements. This will be achieved in part through intelligent use of the buildings, the technical installations and materials. Parts of the roofs and open spaces will be green. The commercial buildings will also be certified according to the new sustainability standard DGNB-Denmark.
  • Mid 2013 – the local plan to demolish the existing rail component workshop was approved.
  • Mid 2014 – the local project plan for construction was approved.
  • Late 2014 – construction began.
  • Late 2017 – the first offices, stores and apartments are expected to be ready to move into.
Quick Facts
  • City: Aarhus
  • Project type: Office
  • Project phase: Future, For Rent
  • Office space: 35000 m²
  • Retail space: 3500 m²
  • Move in date: Ultimo 2018
  • Certificates: DGNB
  • Architect name: C.F. Møller
Allan Schouv Jakobsen, Sales Executive, NCC Property Development. Photo/illustration: Erik Mårtensson
Allan Schouv Jakobsen

Sales Executive, NCC Property Development

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