With its triangular shape, Campus Kolding stands out as a landmark in the city center. Yet, its real magic unfolds from the inside. The building challenges traditional planning of educational institutions by moving learning into the heart of the campus, away from long corridors and closed classrooms. The dynamic atrium allows students to choose between varied learning environments and study places. Campus Kolding has become a role model for Henning Larsen’s design of educational institutions in Denmark and world-wide.
Campus Kolding is a state-of-the-art learning environment, supporting a variety of different learning situations, new teaching methods, and a high degree of flexibility.
Each floor level is organized to promote interaction between teachers, researchers, and students, while also ensuring areas for quiet reflection and concentration.
The researchers' offices and administration are located on the top floors, and the auditorium is found on the ground floor. By giving all users a reason to visit all floors, we have maximized the number of interfaces and fulfilled the vision of creating a powerhouse for knowledge and learning.
Per Krogh Hansen, Head of the Department of Design and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark:
"When people come into the building through the main entrance, they always stop right there. You can see their eyes following the columns all the way up to the roof, giving them that 'wow' feeling."
The building is a manifestation of distinctive, innovative architecture. However, while form and function are in a class apart, the energy consumption of the campus is moreover so low that the building is classified in Energy Class 1.
This makes Campus Kolding Denmark's – and one of the world's – first low-energy universities.
In addition to minimizing the energy consumption for lighting, heating, cooling, and ventilation, the sustainability strategy has optimized the passive characteristics of the building. This means that its shape and structure alone replace some of the solutions that would otherwise require energy-intensive technology. This has resulted in an energy consumption of just 48 kWh/m²/year, equivalent to 20-25 percent of consumption in similar buildings.
The facade is an integrated part of the building, vital to its unique and varied expression.
The striking solar screening consists of around 1,600 triangular shutters of perforated steel, adjustable to match the amount of daylight and desired inflow of light at any time.
The perforation of the shutters is a light, organic pattern of round holes, which gives a dynamic effect in the facade seen from the outside and an exciting play of light seen from the inside. The facade design strikes the optimum balance between the amount of light and energy allowed to flow in and out, while at the same time providing varied views to the surroundings.