The objective is to strengthen the city identity as a lively and attractive centre of education that – as a flagship for educational trends – attracts students and researchers from all over the world.
The large-scale building, is designed as a circular, independent city with streets, squares and shopping centre. The project realises the idea of the university as a city allowing the individual departments to be organised as independent quarters around a uniting, inner square.
The square provides access to all the university departments whilst housing the common university facilities such as café, restaurants, art gallery, gym, bookshop, nursery, library etc. Thus, a lively urban scene is created in the building – a vibrating centre that generates life and energy to the surrounding streets.
The building covers 90,000 m2 in total of which 32,000 m2 has been built.
Photos by Bragi Þór Jósefsson