Danish architecture studio, CEBRA, has completed the HF & VUC Fyn adult education centre in Odense, Denmark
Located in a central position near the train station and harbour in the city of Odense, the HF & VUC Fyn adult education centre ties the inner city with the harbour side. The building’s unassuming exterior contrasts with its interior openness, which creates a unique and varied learning environment for 1,300 students.
Carsten Primdahl, architect and co-founding partner of CEBRA says: “The basic idea was to design a school that doesn’t look like a school. The general conception of a completed educational degree as a security to fall back on is subjected to a fundamental review. We have realised that we must learn constantly in order to adapt to an ever-changing reality. An adult education centre like HF & VUC Fyn will play an essential role in maintaining a society’s competences in the future. Therefore, it is essential that it is built on lasting values that revolve around the individual. The building has to adapt to the student and not the other way around. That is why the project focuses on creating a building with specialised, yet diverse environments, where students can find spaces and settings that match their own preferred learning style.”
The design aspires to create a versatile framework for a learning culture, in which lifelong learning and education form an inherent part of the adult individual’s personal growth. The building is organised around a central space, the Agora, which functions as a forum for social activities. The rounded shapes form a series of balconies and platforms with shifting overlaps across the atrium in order to create single, double and triple height spaces with varying degrees of daylight, transparency and intimacy. Along the building’s outer edges are quieter, more intimate spaces for studying or reading and learning.
Outside, the building’s façade uses a pattern of aluminium cover plates and expanded aluminium mesh to relate the exterior to its surroundings. Roofed outdoor spaces and terraces on upper floors provide views over the city as well as relaxation areas and outdoor study areas. LED lights behind the mesh sections accentuate the building at night.
This vivid and bright building at the heart of the community keeps adults up to date with the latest educational trends and encourages lifelong learning.