City Centre Visits – Friday 15 September

Day One – Friday 15 September

During Congress you will have the opportunity to visit and learn about some of the inspirational projects that are taking place in Aarhus. Take a look at the route maps below to see more about each trip.

(The programme and times may be subject to change – further details and regular updates will be available on this page)


Route 1
This route follows the recently completed river transformation project through the city, visiting Bispetorvet temporary public green square, through Møller Park where the highly acclaimed Urban Habitats exhibition is located. Onwards to the Old Freight Yard Godsbane Culture Production Center and Institute for (X) is located. Nearby, the Ceres park mixed-use city development is currently being built. The route will return through the Latin Quarter to the Cathedral.

Route 2
“Hygge” the famous Danish phenomena can be experienced on this walk along Mejlgade, one of the city’s oldest streets. Mejlgade Lab and Urban Habitats as well as local residents of the quarter will guide us through their yards, highlighting their new local active neighborhoods initiatives and transformation of the local churchyard. Nearby is the Aarhus Architect School that has built the Architecture Moves exhibition in Vennelyst Park. This is an integral part of the famous Aarhus University Campus Park started in 1931 initially designed by C.F. Møller Architects, Kay Fisker and Landscape Architect C. Th. Sørensen.

Route 3
This bike ride starts from the Dokk1 and new habour front to Aarhus Ø, the new town being built on the former container harbor. Pablo Celles from Aarhus City Council Cycling will participate in this tour. Stephen Willacy, the City Architect, will be our guide for this tour.

Route 4
This walk will focus upon the new inner harbour projects with guided tours from Partners of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Kristine Jensen Architects, who are responsible for Dokk1 and the three new harbour squares.

ARoS Aarhus Art Museum

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The architecture is of international class and so is the art. The art museum contains four large exhibition galleries of just under 1,100 square meters and The West Gallery, which is 350 square meters. Each shows special exhibitions with both national and international artist such as Bill Viola, Olafur Eliasson, Wim Wenders. In May 2011 the spectacular Your Panorama Rainbow opened on top of the museum. The unique project is made by Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin.

City Hall

The City Hall is a striking, modern, functionalistic building – despite it being 75 years old. Built by Arne Jacobsen and clad with Norwegian marble, it represents Danish design and architecture at their best and is recognised by many as a symbol of Aarhus.

Dokk1 Library

In Dokk1 you will find media, café, project rooms, study cells, a playground – and more. Here you have the opportunity to experience activity as well as tranquility, indulgence and immersion. Dokk1 is designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects and is part of the conversion of the inner harbour of Aarhus from industrial harbour to urban area.

Isbjerget – the Iceberg

Isbjerget – the Iceberg is a unique apartment building in the harbour area situated close to the city centre, where the newest quarter in Aarhus called Aarhus East has seen the light of day. The Iceberg is constructed in a way that provides optimum sea view from the apartments, and the criss-cross points make the building bear strong resemblance to floating icebergs breaking up. Another detail of the Iceberg is that the pinnacles of the roofs rise up and plunge down which creates a visual depth similar to that seen in a real iceberg. Extract from Visit Aarhus.

Historic Latin Quarter

The ‘Latin Quarter’ is the oldest quarter in Aarhus. It grew in the late 14th century after the city had been given permission to demolish the old Viking fortifications. In the Latin Quarter you will find a vibrant atmosphere, the cafés are filled with people, the streets are narrow and cobblestoned, all providing the perfect setting for the small, chic shops selling one-off items.