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BUILDING
 
 
Århus Rådhus
Århus Town Hall
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DESIGNER
 
 
Arne Jacobsen

Erik Møller

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DESCRIPTION
 
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Although over 75 years old, Aarhus City Hall is still a modern, functionalistic building that still houses the municipality of Aarhus and hosts major events throughout the year. Built by Arne Jacobsen and clad with Norwegian marble, it represents Danish design and architecture at their best and is by many recognised as a big symbol of Aarhus and Danish architecture.
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MATERIALS
 
reinforced concrete, marble, copper

Clad with Norwegian marble

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Midtjylland
Municipality
Aarhus [Århus]
Town
Aarhus [Århus]
Address
Rådhuspladsen, Park Alle, Frederiks Alle
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Public buildings
Government buildings
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1937 - 1938     project winner of competition
Realisation
1938 - 1942
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AWARDS
 
2006
Kulturkanonen [Danish Culture Canon]
Arkitektur [Architecture]
Kulturministeriet

The committee's justification

Aarhus City Hall is an inspiring example of early functionalism, coloured by a particular Nordic sensibility. The building is strategically located, so that it presents a street facade towards the city, thus protecting most of the old cemetery, which is integrated into the landscaping. The city hall is divided into 3 offset blocks which overlap and define different functional sections. Facing the city are the representative front porch, vestibule and city hall, which open towards the park and the cemetery’s preserved avenue of lindens. The office wing flows into the porch, with a panoptic central corridor that rationally and systematically creates the necessary office space. There is also a lower building with an expedition office that stands out slightly with its vaulted roof and exposed concrete structure.

Aarhus City Hall is a friendly and humanistic building, which was, however, considered to be too modern, too democratic and non-monumental upon construction. So, changes were made. Among other things, the tower and marble cladding were added to the project. The great qualities of the City Hall can be seen in the interaction between the internal open spaces that integrate the natural surroundings and which open up the interior’s refined details. At every level, special attention has been paid to the importance of detail, and the careful working of precious materials provides contrast and counterbalance to the cool and subdued monumentality of the facades.

Today, Aarhus City Hall is a beautifully patinated building complex, which is not only one of the country’s most extrasensory buildings, but also a major work, which marks the transition in Denmark to a more regional interpretation of modernist architecture.
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Kjeld Vindum, "Danimarca novecento: atlante dell'architettura", Casabella 672, novembre/november 1999 [Scale e modi del riuso], "Architettura e progetti" p. 18 (16-19) photo 17
Erik Møller, Jens Lindhe, Aarhus Raadhus, Arkitektens Forlag 1991
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AMOUNT
 
 
DKR 9.500.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m 19,380
Height
tower m. 60
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STAFF
 
Project
Arne Jacobsen, Erik Møller
 
 
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