Program // Architecture, Interior Design
Location // Trælasten, Aarhus, Denmark
Year // 2019
Client // PensionDanmark
Area // 1400 m2
Status // Ongoing
Contact // Espen Lunde Nielsen
Project Team // Peter Bur Andersen , Laura Kieler , Martina Pedersen
Contractor // N/A
Åens Hus is a sustainable neighborhood house in the new urban area in Aarhus, Trælasten. Åens Hus sums up the area’s historical identity as a landmark for skilled timber construction as well as future ambitions to create communities and sustainability in everyday life.
The house is built in recycled wood and glass. The dynamic and open architecture connects the inside and outside, while constituting a luminous marker in the landscape at dark times of the day and year. The facades form a rhythm of wood that can be unfolded into shielding niches and the roof shape continues the idiom and large scale of the historical timber halls on the site.
The building is completed by an outdoor basin to the South, which forms the lower component of Åens Hus’ aquaponic ecosystem. The system produces and cultivates greenery and fish served in the restaurant.
Other than a restaurant for the locals and visitors the project houses community kitchens, spaces for local associations and clubs and a range of community functions.