Loco envisions a post-COVID future for the city of Aarhus (Denmark's second largest city) with a proposal to cover up a "Wasted space" and give it back to its residents. Aarhus' functioning rail-yard is soon to undergo works to electrify its rails and replace it's diesel based trains, which means this is a perfect opportunity to take back a significant "Waste-land" that divides the urban center and turn it into the breathing lungs of the city. One that listens to its residents and gives hope for a better future, with a brand new yard.
The whole city is looking at our public spaces right now with new eyes. How can we channel the energy, and expectations of this moment for long-term change? Aarhus Central Train Station is the primary point of transit when entering and exiting Aarhus. It is also a multi-nodal transportation hub with connections to light rail, city and regional buses and acts as a gateway it is the visitor’s first and last impression of the city. The city of Aarhus recently asked its citizens and politicians regarding a proposed development over the rail-yard by local Scandinavian firm. The public demanded more public open spaces. Our proposal is an embodiment of citizens wishes and desires to have access to more open green space. LOCØ’s design address current issues of mobility, health, wellness biodiversity, and sustainability over a functioning rail-yard.