Iceberg project by JDS Architects and CEBRA



Architects Julien de Smedt and CEBRA architects in collaboration with Louis Paillard and SeArch have won a competition to build a housing complex at the Aarhus docklands development in Denmark.


Called the Iceberg project, the development will create 25,000 sqm of housing and is due for completion in 2010.


The development will contain 200 apartments in buildings whose jaggedy roofs resemble icebergs.


For more information visit the project website.


The following information is from JDS architects:


JDS + CEBRA in collaboration with Louis Paillard and SeArch wins a competition for a housing complex in Aarhus, DK

JDS/JULIEN DE SMEDT ARCHITECTS and Aarhus- based CEBRA, in collaboration with the Dutch firm SeArch and French architect Louis Paillard wins the competition to build a 25,000 sqm housing complex in the new Aarhus Docklands development.

The project will be developed by the Tækker Group and Brabrand Boligforening with an expected completion date of spring 2010.

The Aarhus Harbour development provides a huge opportunity for Denmark’s second largest city to develop in a socially sustainable way by renovating its old, out-of-use container terminal. The area is meant to become a living city quarter, comprised of a multitude of cultural and social activities, a generous amount of workplaces, and of course, a highly mixed and diverse array of housing types.

The Iceberg Project seeks to locate itself within the goals of the overall city development. A third of the project’s 200 apartments will be set aside as affordable rental housing, aimed at integrating a diverse social profile into the new neighborhood

The project’s main obstacle is the density set up for the development, the desired square meters are in conflict with the specified site height restrictions and the overall intentions of providing ocean views along with good daylight conditions.

The Iceberg negotiates this problematic, by remaining far below the maximum heights at points and emerging above the dotted line at other moments. “Peaks” and “canyons” form; eliciting the project’s iconic strength while ensuring that all flats will be supplied with a generous amount of natural lighting and waterfront views.

“With the Iceberg we get unique housing qualities as well as a city architectural expression of the highest quality”, says Kent Martinussen, adm. dir. of DAC (Danish Architecture Centre).

“Århus will get a fantastic harbour front with unique architectural buildings that both in appearance and functionality prove that we are a city of grand ambitions. Our desire for this area goes beyond just a façade without life and purpose. We want a living city where everybody thrives. Both those who live and those who work in this “City near the harbour / De Bynære Havnearealer”. Projects of this calibre are a big step towards this goal.” -Mayor, Nicolai Wammen.

Posted on Wednesday May 21st 2008 at 12:29 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • jarmo k

    de smedt’s got a very distinctive style! that’s nice! and i see he’s borrowed the shark-teeth balconies from the V building in cph (:

  • edward

    The social goals are of the highest order. Will the architecture fulfill the promise? I hope the monomaniacal use of acute angles doesn’t have a negative physiological effect.

  • im just a kid

    looks like the triangle fashion blends in the housing estates as well!

  • b+b


  • chewie

    blaaaah, boring. all these dutch wannebefirms use MIR to make the details… danish cutting edge architecture is what they call it, i would say noooooot.

  • 50 cent

    spiky is the new fold

  • 50 cent

    …looks awsome tho

  • roadkill

    … more like cheap Danish porn…. no substance just re-cycled ideas

  • abyssinian

    I want to save the girl with the white shades from the angry building.

  • Paul, Yorkshire

    zero creativity, the triangulation thingy is the oldest trick in the book
    that they are trying to pass off as a new idea.
    my garden shed has more interesting architecture than this
    Conclusion: the most pathetic buildings ive seen in my life

  • Ryan

    Has anyone seen my 45/45/90 triangle?

  • I agree with all these comments, the Iceberg project worths the given attention!