Dokk1

CompanySchmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Lead DesignerSchmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Design TeamLandscape: Arkitekt Kristine Jensens Tegnestue, Engineer: Alectia Consulting Engineers, Client consultant: Rambøll DK, Other: Bahn arkitekter
ClientThe Municipality of Aarhus and Realdania
CreditsPhotos by Adam Mørk and Jens Marcus Lindhe
Prize(s)1st Place in Architecture Categories / Urban Design
Entry Description

Dokk1 is Scandinavia's largest public library and represents a new generation of modern hybrid libraries. The 35,000 m² building also houses a citizen service centre, office space, a fully subterranean automated parking garage for 1,000 cars, and new harbour-side public squares. The project is situated at the mouth of the Aarhus River in one of the most prominent sites of the city centre of Aarhus (DK). The design is a covered urban space where a large polygonal slice hovers above a glazed prism, resting on a square of ice flake-shaped stairs fanning out to the edge of the sea.