Bjarke Ingels returns to Denmark with “Aarhus Island”

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Aarhus Island at night. (Courtesy BIG via Design Boom)

Aarhus Island at night. (Courtesy BIG via Design Boom)

With Bjarke Ingels’ pyramid-like tower—dubbed the “courtscraper”—rising quickly on Manhattan’s West Side, the globe-trotting architect has unveiled plans for his latest sloping project. And this one has the Dane back in Denmark. In his home country, in the city of Aarhus, Bjarke has created “Aarhus Island,” a mixed-use development along the water.

Aarhus Island waterfront. (Courtesy BIG via Design Boom)

Aarhus Island waterfront. (Courtesy BIG via Design Boom)

Like so much of his residential work, Bjarke has gone angular at the island. In Aarhus, the architect creates stepped towers that rise to defined peaks. According to DesignBoom, which first reported the plans, these residential buildings include more than 200 units.

At the water’s edge, the sharp lines of those structures meet the curved edges of an extensive boardwalk. This structure wraps around the development and includes an amphitheater, cafes and shops, floating swimming pools, and a sandy beach-like area. With all the tanning bodies in the renderings you almost forget that Aarhus Island is in Denmark and not say, a country where the average summertime temperature is above 70 degrees fahrenheit. Can’t win them all.

Work is slated to begin next year with the first components of Aarhus Island opening in 2017. Get those swim trunks ready!

Boardwalk at Aarhus Island (Courtesy BIG via Design Boom)

Boardwalk at Aarhus Island (Courtesy BIG via Design Boom)

Aarhus Island waterfront. (Courtesy BIG via Design Boom)

Aarhus Island waterfront. (Courtesy BIG via Design Boom)

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