A visualisation of the folded roof of Godsbanen, The Freight Yard Project. Image by 3XN Architects

Construction of reinforced concrete roof. Photo: Quintin Lake

An visualisation of the roof of Godsbanen set between existing freight halls. Image by 3XN Architects

The new building provides a link between the two freight halls. Photo: Quintin Lake

The ridge area around the roof-lights adds to the structural stiffness of the roof. Photo: Quintin Lake

The reinforcing bars on the apex of the roof. Photo: Quintin Lake

The roof creates a new public landscape between the old freight halls. Olafur Eliasson's "Your Rainbow Panorama" visible at right. Photo: Quintin Lake

Wavy reinforcing steel provides stiffness against shear forces in the new roof. Photo: Quintin Lake

The main new building contains two new concert halls. The reinforced concrete ramp to the roof is being constructed in the foreground. Photo: Quintin Lake

Temporary concrete shuttering allows for the construction of the building's faceted angles. Photo: Quintin Lake

Sections of the freight yard's original rail tracks. Photo: Quintin Lake

Sound insulated recording studio in the old freight halls. Photo: Quintin Lake

The striking laminated timber beams of the original freight hall. A music venue being constructed at the rear. Photo: Quintin Lake

These images show the construction, as of June 2011, for a new cultural hub for scenography, visual arts and literature named Godsbanen /The Freight Yard Project that is being built within a historical framework in Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus. The new cultural center is meant to be an inspiring setting that stimulates production of the arts and facilitates the interaction amongst the various artistic metiers, business and education.

The project design by Architects 3XN in collaboration with Søren Jensen Engineers is comprised of the renovation of the existing freight halls along with a new building with rooms and large scale auditoria. The roof of the building will appear as an extension of the green space – and will take the form of a green ‘carpet’ over the new building.  The project is expected to be completed in 2012.

These photos were commissioned by Søren Jensen, the engineering firm of the project.

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Photography  © Quintin Lake, 2011