The groundbreaking ceremony took place Friday morning on Sønderborg Nordhavn, where among others, Louis Becker, principal and partner at Henning Larsen Architects, participated in celebrating the building’s commencement and the announcement of the hotel’s name, Alsik, with references to Als Sound and the local species of clover, the Alsike.
An important source of inspiration behind the design has been Sønderborg’s history as a commercial centre with a vivid harbor, warehouses and a close relation to the ocean. Therefore, the hotel includes a panoramic view of the harbor from the spa- and wellness area, the hotel rooms and the viewing platform on the top, from where both citizens and visitors have the opportunity to experience the city and the beautiful landscape from a new perspective.
”Sønderborg is a city in development and transformation. The architect Frank Gehry’s masterplan for Nordhavnen’s urban development portrays an ambitious course for the city’s future. The masterplan describes the transformation of the former industrial harbor into an active urban district alongside the waterfront. A modern urban district of stable and staggered building volumes. An expression introducing a new building scale that still fits with the surrounding city. These visions have been fundamental conditions for the work with the building design”, said Louis Becker.
The building relates respectfully to the historic townscape of Sønderborg. The façade is inspired by the play of colors in the local characteristic brickwork patterns. Even though the façade is composed of aluminum panels and glass, the pattern is a modern interpretation of a brickwork pattern, which weaves its way up the building.
With its 210 rooms, conference facilities for up to 400 people and spa- and wellness area, the hotel will create a new gathering point in Sønderborg. The building’s iconic shape is composed of two connected towers of respectively 19 and 4 floors, where the highest tower will serve as/become a new iconic landmark for Sønderborg.
The harbor front hotel will be built in in collaboration with Enggård Entrepreneurs, Sønderborg Harbour Development Company and Sweco. It is expected to be complete in 2018.