2014 - 2018
Designed for the local community
From Tunnel under Humlebakken to Bridge over Astrupstien
The project kickstart Tornhøj focus on the suburb Tornhøj in Aalborg, however it is to be seen together with a larger city- and landscape planning strategy commissioned for Aalborg municipality and Realdania, together with Marianne Levinsen Landskab. Lighting design for the path and the stage is developed with Kongshaug.
The core of the project was to rethink the connection between the two neighbourhoods. Instead of being an eerie tunnel under a busy road, it was to become an attractive, light and safe path with qualities that would invite the local community to use it in their everyday and for larger events. Accompanying the path is a sequence of urban spaces; playgrounds, green parks, gardens, scenes and sitting steps. The path can therefore be described as more than simply a connection, but a sequence of urban spaces where the local community can be gather and be strengthened.
Awarded urban space
The project was rewarded the 2018 building prize by Aalborg Municipality for its “new, attractive urban spaces”. In the motivation the committee emphasizes how the project has transformed the previous tunnel into a light pathway with the bridge as a sculptural element in the area and how it, together with the adjoining urban spaces has changed the path from being a monotonous connection into a series of experiences. The committee also points to the importance of a good collaboration and how the project is a leading example of how architecture can be vital in providing good frames for urban life.
The long run for true urban development
The plans for the development of Aalborg East startet in 2012 with a competition for the masterplan ‘City in between’, won by Team Vandkunsten. In the following years parts and initiatives from the masterplan was realized. First an urban strategy was developed in 2014 for Astrupstien, together with feasibility studies for the kickstart and an urban strategy and local plan for Tornhøj in 2015. Developer for the kickstart project was Realdania and Aalborg Municipality.
Project name: Kickstart Tornhøj
Client: Aalborg Municipality and Realdania
Gross area: 10,500 m²
Date: 2014 - 2018
Cost of construction: DKK 33 mio
Program: Bridge, urban spaces and pathway
Activity: New construction
Job type: Competition
Contact: Jan Albrechtsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Landscape: Marianne Levinsen
Engineer: Tyrens AS