SDU University of Southern Denmark – Campus Kolding is designed by Henning Larsen Architects. It is the first low-energy university in Denmark. The sustainable strategy has been integrated in the architectural design of the building. The geometry ensures the best utilization of every square meter and the skylight in the atrium ensures a fair distribution of daylight to the entire building.
The building is fitted with a dynamic solar shading system that consists of approx. 1,600 triangular shutters of perforated steel. They are mounted on the facade in a way which allows them to adjust to the changing daylight and desired inflow of light.
The university building was completed in 2014 and offers courses in communications, design, culture and languages. The university houses more than 2,000 students and supports different teaching methods, new ways of teaching and is a flexible and state-of-the-art teaching environment.
SDU University of Southern Denmark – Campus Kolding has been awarded a number of awards, among others, the prestigious LEAF Award in the category Best Sustainable Development of the Year 2015. The project was also nominated for The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.