Hysterical interest for owner-occupied flats in new highrise
By Egon Rasmussen, Erhvervsbladet
Interest. In under two weeks between 250 - 300 persons have been added to the waiting list for a flat in the future high rise on Århus harbour, which with a height of 142 metres will become the tallest in the country.
The interest in being registered in the coming highrise at the tip of the docks has been "hysterically insane". That is the expression used by project development manager Jan Pedersen, Keops Development. Despite his 25 years in the business he cannot recall a similar level of interet in flats that will not be ready for use for another four years.
Since the winning project LightHouse was announced two weeks ago, 250 - 300 interested parties have been added to the waiting list for a new flat, says Jan Pedersen. But the LightHouse project consists of many other things than the highrise that reaches a height of 142 metres. It also comprises rental flats, a hotel, and office space in 6 - 9 stories. In total the project comprises 63.000 sq.m. that will be erected on parts of the old container terminal in the Århus docks. 33.000 sqm will be owner-occupied flats, 20.000 sqm will be for commercial use and 10.000 sqm will be rental flats that will be shared equally between the housing associations "Ringgaarden" and "AAB". Alle numbers are estimates because there is still a certain flexibility in the project, explains Jan Pedersen.
The high rise will contain 20.000 sqm of owner-occupied flats, which will be priced at 35.000 DKK/sqm at the bottom and rises to 50-60.000 DKK/sqm for the most expensive ones at the top. Size-wise the flats vary from 65 sqm to 200-300 sqm and the large majority will contain a balcony, says Jan Pedersen.
The "council housing" and the hotel will be completed mid-2010 and the high rise one year later.
The City Council has decided that the public should have access to the high rise, which will have a restaurant at the top and directly below it a platform, from where the view can be enjoyed, while you eat a red sausage (sic). In other words: No penthouse flats for rich Århus-residents. The audience will use a seperate elevator directly to the top from where they will not be able to look down into the flats.
Jan Pedersen is of the opinion that public access to the high rise will contribute to creating life in the area where it will also be possible to visit cafés and restaurants. The permanent tenants will get their own elevator that requires an access card or key. Some of them will be able to enter their flat directly from the elevator. The hotel will get 130 - 140 rooms. An operator needs to be found and several parties have indicated their interest.
The local planning documents must be completed by the end of this year so the project can start in January 2008. However, the plot must first be cleared of lamps, concrete and asphalt. After that they will hammer spuns into the ground so the parking basement with room for 660 cars can be built. Half of the slots will be available to the public for a fee. During the autumn the clearing of the plot and the construction of the parking basement will be put up for tender. The project - estimated at 2 billion DKK - is financed by Keops Development, Copenhagen; Frederiksbjerg Properties, Århus and the two housing associations.
The architects 3XN, Århus; Gehl Architects ApS, Copenhagen and the Dutch architects UN Studio participate in the project along with entrepreneurs Carl Bro Grontmij.
Editors comment: I wonder if he meant to say hysterical or historical? Also I can't believe he talked about "red sausages
". Who eats that kind of crap anymore except 50-something journalists? And finally, what's the big deal about elevators with keys for the residents? They never had that in Århus before? In Copenhagen it's been seen to exist even in 30 - 40 year old buildings.