For the Lillebælt Academy, housed in a former industrial district of Odense, we have developed an interior graphic aesthetic that reimagines local history for a modern, practical purpose. Our signage and wayfinding system incorporates raw ash wood and a rough-hewn custom typeface as a nod to this industrial past. These personalized visuals serve both practical and aesthetic function: The cohesive graphic identity is easily identifiable throughout the building, naturally drawing the eye to wayfinding markers and room labels – But also grounds the building in its local context, fostering a deeper sense of physical identity and building character.
Using materials that complement the existing surrounding
urban area as well as the nearby harbor, the building will act
as a learning center that brings understanding, identity, and
variety to the region. The building, which will accommodate
3,000 students, contains a variety of spaces and environments
that support learning and social interaction. The
classrooms, which support focus and concentration, are
situated along the perimeter of the building.
The building was designed with sustainability as a main
priority, and existing DGNB standards have been used actively
as design parameters throughout the design process. The
building also invites students to engage in sustainable
efforts by interacting with the building itself. For example,
an "Inspect the Solar Cells" feature in the building provides
access to solar cell installations so that students can understand
how they work.