New structure will be centerpiece of updated campus
The new building is placed on one of the Technical Institute of Denmark's central spaces and will have a significant role in the social life of the campus. The new building takes an important step towards the visionary refurbishment of campus called ‘The new DTU’, which aims to ensure DTU as an attractive environment for students, researchers and external collaborators in the future.
The building's exterior is geometrically tight and clear, while the interior is characterized by several lush, interior courtyards, where the research offices are grouped into three-storey towers connected by bridges and social gathering places under the orange and lemon trees.
The jury highlights these lush communal areas in their report: "The building includes a number of smaller spaces where informal gathering may occur around the trees in the inner gardens and on balconies, on floors above the main street. The proposal promotes the interaction of small groups with the 'introverted' structure, where offices face the inner garden space, promoting cohesion and sense of interaction within the building".
The competition proposal has a highly ambitious environmental profile, which means the building can produce as much energy as it uses. This is achieved primarily through a new breakthrough; natural ventilation with heat recovery, careful use of daylight and solar panels on the roof. The new building covers 4,500 square metres and is expected to be completed in early 2012.
The proposal is carried out in collaboration with engineering company Henrik Larsen and Anders Christensen and landscape architects Kragh & Berglund. The firm bested F architectural studios such as; BIG, 3XN, Lundgaard & Tranberg and COBE/Transform to win the competition.