The new building unites two geometries that accentuate the location of the campus between harbour and city centre. The campus is placed on an historically industrial site in the centre of Odense, Denmark, and a number of existing buildings have been integrated in the design for the new campus.
The lower part of the building is shaped as a rectangle bisected and displaced in order to form an arrival plaza in front of the main entrance. Facades lining the plaza are clad in brick, creating a common material language between new and existing buildings on the site.
Above the brick base, a lighter aluminum structure creates a visual reference to the rough harbour environment. The upper aluminum structure, slightly larger than the brick base, creates subtle overhangs that protect entrance doors from the elements while keeping the lines of the building clean. It furthermore contributes to the unifying identity of the new area with its reflective materiality.
The building, which will accommodate 3,000 students, contains a variety of spaces and environments that support learning and social interaction. The spaces vary from informal, spontaneous meeting places such as the main square and the canteen, to smaller, more formalised meeting spaces. The classrooms, which support focus and concentration, are situated along the perimeter of the building.
The new campus gathers a number of Lillebaelt Academy’s educational programmes - previously at six different locations - together on a unified campus. The project has been developed in order to establish Lillebaelt Academy as a lighthouse of knowledge in the region. The aim has been to create a learning centre which combines understanding, identity and variety to the area. In the future, the new campus will form part of a joint City Campus connecting the city with the harbour.