Ramboll, Aarsleff to deliver Denmark’s tallest residential building

WCN Editorial Team 21 May 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

A team comprising Ramboll and Aarsleff will deliver a 44-storey residential tower along the harbour in Aarhus, Denmark for the development group NorCap.

NorCap has received approval on the sale of the land from the Aarhus City Council.

Upon completion, the new tower will become Denmark’s tallest residential building. It will be located beside the existing Lighthouse development, which consists of two low-rise buildings of eight and 10-storeys.

Lighthouse phase 1, designed by local architects 3XN, was completed in 2012. 3XN has been retained for the second phase of the project.

Construction of Phase 2, comprising the 146-metre high-rise residential building, will begin in 2018 and is targeted for completion in 2021.

Ramboll’s global high-rise division will provide engineering discipline and design management for the Lighthouse tower.

Using detailed numerical finite element modelling of the local ground conditions, the design and contractor team proposed a foundation solution to manage the settlements, which enabled an additional four floors on the tower.

In a departure from Denmark’s heritage of pre-cast concrete, the team is also employing traditional in-situ reinforced concrete construction.

The new tower will comprise more than 200 homes, including F&B facilities and an observation deck located at the top of the building.

It is designed to receive sunlight from the south, especially during winter, and offer unobstructed views of the harbour.

The design has been driven by the district masterplan coupled with social development studies and cultural trends. The design also provides for ample open spaces.

The façade has been inspired by the reflective lights in the surrounding water. The exterior element of the building will include curved balconies that change in shape on every level.

The exterior element has been designed to be as light as possible and clipped to the main structure to reduce the overall weight.

The Lighthouse tower project will continue over the next three years and is expected to be completed in 2020.

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