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Three Projects Still in the Running about New Central Urban waterfront and Mediaspace

The evaluation committee has chosen three equal winners of the first phase of the competition. The selection of winners follows an intense evaluation process. A total of six teams participated in the very complex competition on designing Mediaspace and the new central urban waterfront in Aarhus.

Three Winners of Phase One

Following an intense evaluation process during August, the winners of the first phase of the competition have now been found. The three teams are:

  • Schmidt hammer lassen architects, Architect Kristine Jensens Tegnestue aps, Bosch & Fjord aps, ALECTIA A/S, and Library Consultants Henrik Jochumsen and Casper Hvenegaard Rasmussen
  • AART a/s, Arkitema K/S, Bascon A/S, COWI A/S, Prof. Niels Ole Finnemann, Peter Dreyer/Seismonaut, Lennart Bjørneborn/ Royal School of Library and Information Science Denmark, and Hans Peter Kuhn.
  • Mecanoo architecten, Gjørtz, Pank & Partnere A/S, ABT Consulting Engineers, and NIRAS.

The three teams now enter into subsequent tender following negotiations, which will take place during autumn 2008.

The selection of the three teams is based on a thorough evaluation process in the evaluation committee. The choice was made following evaluation of the proposals’ architectural and technical qualities, usage of integrated design, the proposals’ robustness in regard to keeping within the financial frame, and the proposals’ percentage of honoraria.

Selecting Project Proposals

The evaluation committee consisting of representatives from all political parties in Aarhus City Council, Realdania, Realea A/S and four specialist judges has selected the proposals which will continue to the next tender. The project proposals show the great complexity and diversified challenges of the project.

‘The competition about Mediaspace and the new central urban waterfront in Aarhus is probably the greatest challenge which architectural firms have faced in Denmark in many years. Some proposals provide good solution to the integration of the central urban waterfront with the city. Other proposals give positive suggestions of the design of Mediaspace and the library service. It is our hope that after the round of negotiations one of the proposals will stand out markedly with supreme solutions for all parameters’, says Hans Peter Svendler, director of Realdania.