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Six candidates revealed for Aarhus stadium contract

The City of Aarhus has selected six teams of architects and studios to submit final proposals for a new football stadium in the Danish city.

A design competition was launched last month, with the stadium to cost approximately DKK114m (£13m/€15m/$17m) and have a capacity of between 20,000 and 25,000, serving as the new home of local Danish Superliga team AGF.

According to the Architects Journal website, the stadium will open in 2026 and be located within the existing Aarhus Sports Park close to Aarhus Bay and the Marselisborg Woods.

The stadium will form part of the wider ‘Vision Kongelunden’ regeneration programme, which aims to redevelop the Aarhus Sports Park as a new sustainable recreational zone for locals.

The project attracted interest from 42 parties, with the City of Aarhus having now finalised a shortlist of six candidates.

These include the team of Denmark’s COBE and AFL Architects from the UK, while team two comprises Denmark’s Dissing+Weitling, MASU Planning and MOONN, together with Kengo Kuma of Japan.

Team three features the Danish pair of Dorte Mandrup and Kristine Jensen, while Herzog & de Meuron World and Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten AG, both of Switzerland, make up team four.

ARKITEMA and LYTT Architecture of Denmark linked up with France’s SCAU to form team five, while the sixth team comprises Sweco Danmark and TREDJE NATUR of Denmark, along with Zaha Hadid of the UK.

The six teams must submit their final proposals by the spring of 2022, after which the City of Aarhus will carry out an assessment before announcing a winner next autumn.

“I am proud and excited of the huge interest in our project from all over the world,” Aarhus Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard said. “In Aarhus we have great ambitions to create a beautiful and ground- breaking new football stadium. 

“It has been a near to impossible task to narrow the field to six teams, and I would like to thank all 42 teams for their interest in Aarhus. I’m confident we’ll get world class architecture – a landmark for the city adapted to the beautiful and unique location as part of the city centre and in the middle of the forest.”

Alderman of Culture and Citizen’s Services, Rabih Azad Ahmad, added: “One could say that teams from ‘the Architectural Champions League’ will now compete to build the stadium of the future in Aarhus.

“It is an important first step in securing the great ambitions for the whole project of ‘Kongelunden’, which should be a gathering place with attractive facilities for athletes across sports. I expect that the various teams will focus on both functionalities, aesthetics and not least sustainability when they submit their bids.”

AGF currently plays at Aarhus Idrætspark, which is comprised of a 19,400-capacity stadium (pictured) and an arena.

Image: Visit Aarhus