Aarhus Vand Headquarters / CEBRA
Textual content description offered by the architects. Human-sized lily pads, rainwater, and preservation of ecosystems. CEBRA’s design of Aarhus Vand headquarters celebrates pure water environments and the cautious administration of water. With all staff gathered below one roof, the employees and collaborators of Aarhus Vand can now drive international water innovation from one location.
The water tech and provide firm Aarhus Vand (English: Aarhus Water) delivers water to the town of Aarhus. With a brand new headquarters, they needed to collect their competencies in a single constructing that helps the utility firm’s many capabilities and municipal obligations after years of working from two separate areas that weren’t constructed for the needs.
With the brand new headquarters, Aarhus Vand’s staff work from the identical »Water Home« that resembles freshwater environments all through the design and facilitates state-of-the-art water tech equipment, making a shared office and visionary narrative for the 230 staff working throughout the administration and repair models.
Workspace with activity-based working and lily pads. The general disposition of the constructing complicated consists of three models: two service buildings for cleansing and wastewater, respectively, linked to the central administration constructing.
The primary constructing consists of three flooring, with the bottom flooring open for public entry – together with assembly rooms, an exhibition area, and a cantina for residents and different corporations. The remaining flooring in the principle constructing are staff-only workplace flooring for buyer assist, finance, challenge managers, and different administrative staff. The flooring devoted to the administration unit are organized with open plan layouts, which assist activity-based working (ABW) – a versatile atmosphere the place staff shouldn’t have a hard and fast workstation. As a substitute, they will select between numerous casual assembly areas, quiet rooms, workstations, and social lounge zones.
The administration constructing is round an energetic atrium area, which capabilities as the guts of the headquarters and connects the constructing vertically and with the environment. The atrium emerges as an organically formed pond the place round platforms resembling water lilies rise on stems in shifting areas throughout the flooring. Along with the skin panorama, supplies, colours, and vegetation built-in into the constructing design, the platforms create an phantasm of stepping in on the backside of a transparent lake, the place mild filters down between the water lilies’ pads and slender stems.
A Water Home in a worldwide context. Naturally, water types a visual component all through the Aarhus Vand headquarters, from the facade design resembling shimmering water surfaces to rainwater assortment for bathroom flushing, in addition to the utilization of a resource-efficient drainage system. Showcasing water administration expertise is essential because the headquarters additionally marks the start of a brand new, worldwide water innovation district. The water cluster can be developed within the 70,000 m2 space surrounding Aarhus Vand. The ambition of Aarhus Municipality is to ascertain a group for Danish and worldwide corporations and startups, in addition to public organizations and establishments, to speed up analysis, innovation, and investments in water provide and expertise.
The panorama helps pure water environments. The panorama challenge contains a dynamic mix of inexperienced and blue parts, incorporating seen rainwater administration inside reservoirs, small streams, and plant beds. This integration coexists with biodiversity initiatives, together with low-maintenance zones the place indigenous crops can flourish naturally, fostering various wildlife. To assist biodiversity, the challenge consists of ditches with various water ranges and native crops, benefiting birds and bugs year-round.
A community of footpaths has been established all through the realm to attach the constructing complicated and arrival areas of the water cluster improvement whereas additionally benefiting from the panorama’s leisure qualities, together with entry to the lake on the northern finish of the constructing website. Moreover, a so-called »Newt Route« has been created to contribute to the preservation of native habitats for the Northern Crested Newts within the space. The specifically designated watercourse runs from the ponds within the central panorama of the water cluster across the residence’s arrival space and parking islands, persevering with north alongside the japanese boundary of the plot by the forest to the melancholy on the northern pond.