'Classroom free' college to compete for €60,000

Niki May Young
Tuesday 02 Dec 2008

3XN's rotating design shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe Award

Danish architects 3XN Arkitekter's Ørestad College design has been shortlisted for the coveted Mies van der Rohe Award 2009. The 12,000 sq ft design integrates revolutionary classroom-free design with wireless internet and laptops for all students to create a “Virtual Gymnasium”. Rotating ‘shutters’ forming the four levels of the college create a flexible space to be adjusted to different group sizes and needs.

The rotation of the storey decks projects a part of each deck into the high central hall. This part is the so called X-zone; a spatial expression of the colleges’ ambition to promote interdisciplinary expertise between study zones with physical and visual links.

The Copenhagen project completed in December 2007 and went on to win the “Best building in Scandinavia 2007” Award.

The Mies van der Rohe Award is the biennial European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, given to the projects which exhibit exemplary architectural merit. Previous winners have included the Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y Leon in Spain, the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin and Basket Bar in the Netherlands. A prize of €60,000 will be awarded upon the winners announcement with a special mention prize of €20,000 to a runner-up. A full list of shortlisted projects will be released mid-December.

Niki May Young
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