A new construction site will become the foundation for the largest apartment building in Aarhus. It’s a symbol of the thriving construction industry that hasn’t been hit too hard by the pandemic
By Amanda Frisk and Leonie Fischer,
The Water tower is a focal point of the northern part of Aarhus, but soon another building will exceed it in both height and width.
Construction on what will become the biggest apartment building in Aarhus has just begun. When finished in 2023, the penthouse apartments will stretch 185 meters above the ocean, and they’ll therefore have a view over both the city and Mols.
It will be the biggest building that the company Aberdeen Standard Investments has ever created in Denmark.
The 650 apartments and 28 stories are designed to house low cost and high-quality accommodations for students and young professionals. It is their goal to make it the same price as two dorm rooms, so that two people can share the smaller apartments.
The housing market is growing
But this building is not a unique example. The construction industry is booming all over Aarhus.
In a forecast from the municipality, they estimate that from 2021 – 2023 about 1.394 new smaller residences usually with one or two rooms, and 1.937 new housing for families, with more than two rooms. Since the prognosis was made in 2019, it doesn’t take the COVID-19 situation into account.
The need for new buildings stem from a growth in population. It’s been a steady curve and since 2013, the population number has gone from 320.000 to 350.000. It’s a general tendency that the Danish population is moving into the bigger cities, since that is where most job opportunities and universities are located.
The influence of COVID-19
Chief consultant of analytics, Dansk Byggeri, Nura Deveci, expects the increase in new buildings to continue despite the COVID-19 situation:
“When you look at the numbers, our industry will be the one that is the least influenced by corona. Perhaps some of the buildings that were scheduled already might be delayed, but they will be finished.”