The project has been developed in order to manifest Lillebaelt Academy as a lighthouse in the local area. The aim has been to create a learning centre which adds intimacy, identity and variety to the area. In future the new campus will form part of a joint City Campus connecting the city with the harbor.
”Lillebaelt Academy has a strong job-oriented profile. This new building offers the opportunity of close collaboration with the business sector as well as supports interaction between the different educations. We wanted an innovative campus environment, and we believe, that the winning project will give us just that”, Principal of Lillebaelt Academy Jens Mejer Pedersen says.
The building contains a great variety of spaces and environments that supports both learning and social interaction. The spaces vary from informal, spontaneous meeting places such as the main square and the canteen, to smaller, intimate meeting spaces. The classrooms, which support absorption and concentration, are situated along the façade of the building.
The project reuses some of the old industrial buildings on the site. The jury report states:
“The compact building composition clearly connects new and old in a beautiful and readable architecture. […] The building appears with a strong combination of variation, precision and unity.”
Through a number of energy optimizing initiatives the energy consumption of the building spend on operations has been reduced to 37 kWh/m2/year. The building meets the standards for the Danish building class 2015.
The building will house 3000 students. It is expected to be inaugurated in 2016. In total the building comprises some 20,000 m2.