Lendager Group has in a shared partnership with Transform, Dissing+Weitling, Vega Landskab and Søren Jensen won the prestigious competition to develop Kulkransporet (The Coal Crane) in Aarhus’ South Harbour! The official award ceremony has just finished in Aarhus.


Creative Leader for Urban Metabolism in Lendager Group, Stig Ammitzbøll Jørgensen, says about the project:

“Kulkransporet appreciates the existing, cares for the self-grown and allows space for the unplanned – leading to a vibrant, including and sustainable South Harbour district. Kulkransporet has the potential to become an iconic project for sustainable architecture in Aarhus og shows new ways to how reuse of historical structures and materials can create new unique design”.  


The ambition for the team has been to create a diverse and sustainable commercial district based on the South Harbour’s fantastic industrial character that embraces every citizen and their initiatives. In an integrated design process and a strong collaboration we have created an ambitious plan for the city district’s future development with functions such as a city life office, a recycling center, a place for socially vulnerable individuals and a socio economic eatery that unites all users in a stronger community. Kulkransporet will become an unique, green and urban bridge area through the South Harbour – that connects harbour and city, commercial buildings and the diverse citizens of Aarhus.

Kulkransporet ties Aarhus city centre and the developing area in the South Harbour together. Already now a vibrant environment of creatives, entrepreneurs as well as established companies and industries are present in the area. Kulkransporet will, besides the bridge, consist of a park, a square and eventful towers between the urban spaces. The area’s distinct identity, life and architecture have been a great inspiration in the creation of the urban spaces. The bridge itself and the links between the areas are kept in a port industrial expression, where it will be possible to reuse some of the already existing materials in the area.

It has been a tremendous pleasure to collaborate with such a creative and professional team so far – with Transform in the lead. Now we all look very much forward to the future process in close collaboration with Aarhus Municipality!

Read the article “Aarhus får høj sti med vinterhaver og rutsjebaner” by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

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