The city to the water – The water to the city
The urban development area Jernlageret at the North Harbour in Horsens will bring the city closer to the harbour and the harbour closer to the city. In collaboration with OMJ Ejendomme A / S and COWI, RUM has won the building rights for the development and construction of 70,000 m2 of building for residential, commercial and shop premises at the threshold between Horsens Fjord and the city of Horsens.

A variety of features for a wide range of users

When the new urban area Jernlageret is ready in 2025, it will, amongst other things, accommodate a wide canal, diversified housing, recreational zones, businesses and supermarkets. The goal is to create a new, attractive district with mixed programmes for a wide range of people.

From the semi-private courtyard, the Karréen has close contact with the harbour plazas and the promenade, which is a multi-use outdoor area where residents can enjoy the view and get in close contact with the water.

Climate adaptation – water as a special asset

The most important quality of the harbour as an area of urban development is its relation to the water. The water is a key element for the use and design of the new district, it is incorporated in the project across several levels and scales focusing on; the city’s contact with the water, accessibility to the water and water as a recreational element.

The development area is secured against storm surges by means of varied levels and the building of a raised plinth. Functionally, it solves both parking in construction and storm surge protection, but at the same time adds spatial qualities without compromising safety. Handling of cloudbursts and extreme weather are also conceived as recreational elements in the form of waterbeds and water channels for play and activity.

The new district will consist of diverse buildings with distinctive identities and high quality architecture: Karréen, Kanalhusene, Havnehusene and Pynten.

The harbour’s most important qualities as an area of urban transformation relate to the water. The plan therefore uses water as a continuous element across several levels and scales, this includes working with climate adaptation as a key driver.