From the outside, with its triangular structure, Campus Kolding stands out a landmark in the center of Kolding, but its real magic unfolds from the inside. The building features a reversal of the traditional structure of educational institutions by moving learning into the heart of the campus and away from long corridors and closed classrooms. The dynamic atrium gives the students the opportunity to choose between a variety of learning environments and study places. SDU Campus Kolding has become a role model for our work on educational institutions in Denmark and the rest of the world.
Campus Kolding is a state-of-the-art teaching environment that supports various different learning situations, new teaching methods and a high degree of flexibility.
Each floor is arranged to create fields of intersection between teachers, researchers and students, while also providing areas for quiet reflection and concentration.
The researchers' offices and administration are located on the top floors, while the auditorium is on the ground floor. Giving all users a reason to use all floors maximizes the number of fields of intersection, while the vision to create a powerhouse for new knowledge achieves optimum conditions for success.
Per Krogh Hansen, Head of Department of Design and Communication at University of Southern Denmark:
"When people come into the building through the main entrance, they always stop right there. You can see their eyes following the columns all the way up to the roof, giving them that 'wow' feeling."
The building represents striking and innovative architecture, and not just its form and function are in a class of their own, since energy consumption is so low that the building is classified in Energy Class 1.
This makes Campus Kolding Denmark's – and one of the world's – first low-energy universities.
The sustainability strategy has not just minimized the building's energy requirement for lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation, but also the work of optimizing the building's passive characteristics, so that its form and structure solve some of the tasks that would otherwise require energy-intensive technology. This has resulted in energy consumption of just 48 kWh/m²/year, equivalent to 20-25 percent of similar buildings' consumption.
The facade is an integrated element of the building and is vital to its unique and varied expression.
The striking solar screening consists of around 1,600 triangular shutters of perforated steel that can move according to the current daylight situation and the required inflow of light.
The shutters' perforation is a light organic pattern of round holes, which gives an exciting effect in the facade seen from the outside, but also plays on the light seen from the inside. The facade's design strikes the optimum balance between the amount of light and energy allowed to flow in, and the good outlook opportunities.