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The Iceberg was selected as the winning entry in Aarhus’ international design competition held in 2008. The second largest city in Denmark, Aarhus sought to redefine its post-industrial image and find new uses for old industrial sites and buildings. The final five-acre development serves as a “living city quarter” and offers a diverse array of cultural and social spaces in addition to office and residential homes.

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The iconic iceberg-like shape of the buildings was partly informed by the competition’s challenging requirements for high-density as well as site height restrictions. The jagged rooflines also helped preserve ocean views and good daylight conditions. To keep with the Iceberg’s geometric forms, the windows comprise a mix of triangular and square frames. Transparent icy blue balconies extend from various floors to complete the wintry theme.

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