Aarhus’ new south harbour district

City of Aarhus

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Arhus is Denmark’s 2nd largest city and the  financial centre of the Central Denmark Region. The city has a catchment area of 1.2 million people within a one-hour travel range and is well connected to Copenhagen and Hamburg.

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The South Harbour District is a major urban development area in Aarhus. In the coming years, the area will be transformed into one of Denmark's most diverse business districts.

The South Harbour District is one of Aarhus’ most complex areas. What originally was an industrial harbor area, has during recent years turned into a creative and social hub. As industries moved out, creative initiatives and the socially exposed gradually took over the space. It turned into an area characterised by several architectural landmarks as well as upcoming businesses, a slaughterhouse in continued operation, residences for the socially exposed, artists, creative professionals and the nearby oil mill.

The vision is to establish a modern business ecosystem with a variety of large, well-established companies and small creative entrepreneurs. As the area is located very centrally in the city – only about 200 metres from the central station – urban life will be first priority and the space is designed to attract visitors all day round. The urban spaces will reflect the creative environment in the neighbourhood. It is a pronounced wish that the socially exposed people, who currently use the South Harbour District, can stay there.

To ensure that all visions are met, a district association has been established, which is in continuous dialogue with anyone wishing to establish themselves in the South Harbour District. The association consists of representatives of the area’s current businesses, of the art, of movement, of the socially exposed and for the business community. Together with the Municipality of Aarhus, they will help ensure that the South Harbour District becomes one of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods.


  • Inspired by New Yorks high line park, a former coal bridge is going to be turned into the major linkage to the city.
  • Some of the new buildings in the area will be truly innovative in their core: E.g. a parking house made out of wood that includes vertical gardens and also can be used for socio-cultural activities .
  • There will be up to 6,500 workplaces in the area.
  • There are also several sustainable initiatives in the area, such as a food waste café and as association where you can rent and share clothes instead of buying them.

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