AART Architects Transforms Historical Hospital into University Campus
AART Architects, based in Aarhus, Denmark, wins a competition to transform Aarhus Municipal Hospital into a new Campus for Aarhus University. AART Architects’ proposed design aims to “renew and enhance the original qualities of the site”. It will, homogenously, integrate the site’s historical aspect represented in the hospital’s 80-year-old red tile façades and roof, with the new contemporary pavilions that have been overshadowing it recently. According to AART: “The setting will be one of the most characterful built environments in Denmark with a unique homogeneity in terms of geometry and materials.”
AART’s “forward-looking” transformation plan will be keeping the historical potential of the site, located in the heart of the city while creating opportunities that shall boost the academic and urban life in the future. “There will be brand new opportunities for research, business, housing, cafés and experiences in attractive harmony with the University Park and the surrounding city.” Says AART Architects.
The plan will be based on four principles: reinforcing the historical potential of the site, connecting it to its surrounding city, relating it to the modern lifestyle, and making it part of an everlasting layout. According to the designers, these principles shall be the basis of the interchanging relationship between the city and the university’s new campus. They have, also, explained that the objective of this whole design concept is to “enrich the story of Aarhus as a vibrant, attractive university city for the benefit of students, researchers, citizens, and companies,” both locally and globally.