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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Odense Research & Knowledge Park in Niels Bohrs Allé, Denmark by C. F. Møller Architects

August 14th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: C. F. Møller Architects

The central idea behind the new Research and Knowledge Park and Portal Zone at the University of Odense is a consequent sustainable approach, creating a dense cluster development, and thus leaving more green nature untouched.

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  • Architect: C. F. Møller Architects
  • Name of Project: Odense Research & Knowledge Park
  • Location: Niels Bohrs Allé, Odense, Denmark
  • Client: Freja Properties A/S / Odense Municipality
  • Landscape architect: SLA A/S

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  • Engineer: Alectia A/S
  • Collaborators Christian Wickmann Matthiessen / Preben Pamsgaard / NCC Property Development
  • Area: 200.000 m2
  • Year: 2009-2020
  • Prizes: 1. Prize in competition 2009

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The concept means bringing together the 100.000 m2 research and science facilities with the additional mix-use of 100.000 m2 public functions, dwellings, student housing, institutions and hotel in a dense urban environment. This concept provides straightforward, simple sustainability rewards, including compact buildings, short services routings, minimal infrastructure, minimal land-use and a good urban micro-climate.

Aerial View

The plan embodies the ambition to let knowledge spread like ripples on water, integrating research and society, and abandoning the historical notion of Academia confined to an ’Ivory Tower’. The dense urban development has great potential for bringing the various users in close contact to each other, and for opening scientific research to the surrounding community. It is here that school children, senior citizens and businesses will be able to meet, and be inspired by, the research that forms the basis for Denmark’s future as a Knowledge Society. The proposal creates a true urban setting, with small and large public spaces where all extrovert activities are located at ground floor level.


The compactness of the plan reduces the footprint of the development, preserving more nature and thus creating attractive green surroundings for the site. The internal layout is designed to avoid the typical long stretches and views, proposing instead a more complex and irregular geometry with the potential to surprise, and to create sheltered urban outdoor spaces with a good micro-climate at numerous points.

C. F. Møller Architects Partners

The urban spaces and traffic areas are blended together, to create a network of ‘shared space’ where no form of traffic dominates the others. Integrated into the spaces are small wet areas, for rainwater runoff, resulting in green biotopes throughout the development.

The first phase of 75.000 m2 is to be completed by 2020. The planning procedures are to be completed by mid 2010.

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C. F. Møller Architects

C. F. Møller Architects is one of Scandina­via’s oldest and largest architectural practices. Our work involves a wide range of expertise that covers programme analysis, town planning, master plan­ning, all architectural services including landscape architecture, as well as the development and design of building components.

Functional Layout of ground floor

Simplicity, clarity and unpretentiousness, the ideals that have guided our work since the practice was established in 1924, are continually re-interpreted to suit individual projects, always site-specific and based on international trends and regional characteristics.

Odense location plan

Over the years, we have won a large number of national and international competitions and awards. Our work has been exhibited locally as well as inter­nationally at places like RIBA in London, the Venice Biennale, the Danish Architecture Centre and the Danish Cultural Institute in Beijing.

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A COMMON ARCHITECTURAL GOAL | C. F. Møller Ar­chitects was founded by the now deceased Prof. C. F. Møller. Today the firm is a limited company, owned by nine partners: Tom Danielsen, Klavs Hyttel, Anna Maria Indrio, Lars Kirkegaard, Mads Mandrup, Mads Møller, Klaus Toustrup, Julian Weyer and Lone Wiggers. The partnership undertakes the day-to-day management and comprises the company’s board of directors.

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C. F. Møller Architects has a long tradition for internal and external cooperation where all parties to a project work towards a common architectural goal. Innovation and creativity are key words in our day-to-day work, and we try to make the drawing studio an attractive workplace, in which individual members of staff will find professional challenges through projects of high quality. Our head office is in Aarhus and we have branches in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Oslo, Stockholm and London, as well as a limited company in Iceland.

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Urban space detail

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