This thesis project takes its starting point in the southwestern part of Langenæs, Aarhus. Although the site holds many potentials and commercial interests, the development of the site is currently at a standstill. The predicament has been caused by new and future infrastructural projects that leaves it in a state of uncertainty.
The junction, or crossing, of the rails, roads, bike-path and sidewalk interconnect all means of transportation in a compressed situation. The imbrication of the above mentioned vehicular travel results in rare situation that allows the study of movement in a correlation of multiple viewpoints and tempos.
The site is not just a junction in an infrastructural sense. It lies in a merging zone of different areal typologies. The urbanity of Aarhus C, the neighborhoods and industry of Aarhus’ suburbia, and the natural landscapes of Eskelund and Aarhus Engdal all comes together at this specific location.
I found the Motel typology as an obvious match to the location of the site: it is close to the city and it is easily accessible. The idea was not to redo the classical and primeval American motel seen in movies. On the contrary, it was to redesign and reuse some of the typical motel characteristics into a contemporary and contextual project.