Gigantium Urban Space

Assigned to transform a former loading area into a new plaza, our vision has been to create an urban space where sports and cultural life inside Gigantium – Aalborg’s biggest sports- and culture center – are carried further out to the outdoor space. Shades of red and white playful streaks lead people from the street into the square and give identity to the concrete elements.
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The new plaza is a part of the Plusbus program in Aalborg Municipality, a new, environmentally friendly bus connection that creates greater coherence between transport and urban development - and stops by Gigantium.

Program: Urban Plaza
Size: 3500 m2
Location: Aalborg
Client: Aalborg Kommune
Year: 2020 - 2021
Type: Invited competition, 1. place
Collaborators: Rama Studio, Lightbureau
Role: Main architectural and landscape advisor
Status: Completed
Team JAJA: Jakob Christensen, Jan Tanaka, Kathrin Gimmel, Thilde Bjørkskov, Alicia de Nobrega

THE RED CARPET

The red carpet guides visitors to the urban plaza, inviting them to stop by, hang out, or play. The many shapes of rouge divide the forecourt into different sections along with playful white lines.

THE RED CARPET

The red carpet guides visitors to the urban plaza, inviting them to stop by, hang out, or play. The many shapes of rouge divide the forecourt into different sections along with playful white lines.

Activities

Designed for different types of creative games, lively graphics created by Danish design studio Rama Studio, gives life to the concrete space. Sketched with a simple white line, the circles, stripes, letters, and smileys all serve as training elements, wayfinding, and dynamic decorations. The graphics cover the different pavements and facades ending in three-dimensional shapes to form the fitness bars and rails and the plateau landscape.

Activities

Designed for different types of creative games, lively graphics created by Danish design studio Rama Studio, gives life to the concrete space. Sketched with a simple white line, the circles, stripes, letters, and smileys all serve as training elements, wayfinding, and dynamic decorations. The graphics cover the different pavements and facades ending in three-dimensional shapes to form the fitness bars and rails and the plateau landscape.

PLUSBUS STOP

A part of the assignment was to emphasize Gigantium as a ‘PlusBus’ stop destination by creating an exciting stop that invites passengers to the sports center. Plusbus is a BRT – Bus Rapid Transit – which is a high-class bus connection created to make faster journeys, fewer traffic jams, and fewer road traffic accidents.

PLUSBUS STOP

A part of the assignment was to emphasize Gigantium as a ‘PlusBus’ stop destination by creating an exciting stop that invites passengers to the sports center. Plusbus is a BRT – Bus Rapid Transit – which is a high-class bus connection created to make faster journeys, fewer traffic jams, and fewer road traffic accidents.

Program: Urban Plaza
Size: 3500 m2
Location: Aalborg
Client: Aalborg Kommune
Year: 2020 - 2021
Type: Invited competition, 1. place
Collaborators: Rama Studio
Role: Main architectural and landscape advisor
Status: Completed
Team JAJA: Jakob Christensen, Jan Tanaka, Kathrin Gimmel, Stephen Dietz-Hodgson, Thilde Bjørkskov