URBAN MEDIA SPACE

ARCHITECTS
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Kristine Jensen Designers
PROJECT
Urban Media Space
DEVELOPER
Municipality of Aarhus
WHERE AND WHEN
Port of Aarhus, 2007-2015
MILFORD PRODUCTS/SYSTEMS
StrataCells™

THOUSANDS OF STRATA CELLS IN ONE OF AARHUS’ LARGEST URBAN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
The Port of Aarhus has undergone a huge transformation in recent years – from an industrial to a recreational area integrated with the Aarhus city centre, the cathedral, the pedestrian street, and the riverside environment. It features an automatic parking facility with approximately 1,000 parking places, and the landscape has improved through exposure of the last stretch of Aarhus River and through planting of new trees throughout the area including the quay and the river bank as well as near Europe House and along the coastal road.

IMPROVED CONDITIONS FOR GROWTH
Landscape architect and designer Kristine Jensen worked on planting the many trees in a heavily trafficked area requiring heavy concrete paving. She decided to plant all the trees in environmentally friendly 'root pockets' or 'soil cells' StrataCells from Milford. Thousands of soil pockets have been used in the project. The cells help provide support for the surface coating. In addition to withstanding heavy traffic, the soil pockets ensure sufficient soil for the trees, thus providing them better growing conditions and ensuring a longer lifespan. Ladnscape architect Anna Rämert explains: “We are dealing with very heavy surfacing, concrete about 10 inches thick, which means we needed a solution that allowed for vehicular traffic at the same time it made for a good environment for trees. They require more soil than they would get from just digging holes, and they got it through the use of the soil pockets under the concrete surface. Each tree grows in about 10 cubic meters of soil.

SIMPLE AND EASY TO WORK WITH SOIL CELLS
The landscape architect reports that it has been easier to work with soil cells as compared to building up the planting hole with a stone edge and filling it with loam or other topsoil. “Built-up planting holes deteriorate over time. Soil cells give us control of the structure and are relatively easy to fill with soil.” At MJ Eriksson, the contractor for Urban MediaSpace Aarhus, construction manager Kristian Teglgaard takes a very positive view: “This was our first time working with StrataCells, so it was a new experience. But it’s a bit like using LEGO bricks, and we’ve had good support from Milford along the way.”

COLLABORATION PRODUCED SUCCESS
Mark Walton, project manager at Milford, comments: “This is one of the most exciting projects we’ve worked on to date. It has been exceptionally rewarding to have been involved in the project from an early planning stage and now to see the finished project. Designer Kristine Jensen and MJ Eriksson have been very professional and capable partners in the process, and I beleivethe results clearly show that the partnership between them and Milford has been a great success.”

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