The vision has been to create a strong identity for the entire university where informal meetings can take place adjacent to the various academic departments and work areas. Besides being energy efficient, the cubic shape of the building offers a clear and logical spatial structure where teaching, research and public zones are situated around a central atrium.
The high bright atrium is made up of a terraced landscape comprising all teaching and office functions. From floor to ceiling, the dynamic community-creating space offers users the opportunity to work, talk and exchange ideas. The large overhead lights in the southern part of the atrium provide the room with ample daylight. To the south-east, the facade rises in an inviting gesture opening up to a large public square adjacent to the park.
The roof comprises small flats for guest students with joint gardens and small terraces encouraging personal, informal meetings. At the same time, this part of the building constitutes a shading element for the atrium.
The building will become a modern power centre of learning where different cultures will meet and exchange ideas and knowledge far into the future. Additionally, the house will provide an active showcase for Danish companies, sustainability, architecture and technology.
The Danish Industry Foundation has donated up to DKK 80 million for the building. The Danish University and Property Agency is responsible for the practical start-up of the project while GUCAS (‘Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences’) is the actual client behind the project. Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects won first prize in the competition.