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The Technical Faculty in SDU, Odense, Denmark by C. F. Møller Architects
September 18th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: C. F. Møller Architects
THE TECHNICAL FACULTY – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK (SDU), ODENSE
The Technical Faculty is part of the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, and constitutes a shared research and education environment for four different institutes. The building is designed as one big envelope consisting of 5 houses connected by bridges at multiple levels crossing the heart of the house, a “piece of furniture” containing common functions and meeting-rooms, and giving access to a roof garden/café/lounge area. The many connections allow for more fluid boundaries, and more community and knowledge sharing.
The building is designed as a glass house with an external screen of varying materials, depending on exposure and orientation. An elegant screen of fibre-reinforced concrete is designed to the west and east, with an underlying solar screen and natural ventilation, whereas the south facade is fully glazed with solar cells and solar shading in a similar pattern. The unusual screen reflects the innovation and creativity that characterises the various institutes.
The interior layout creates great flexibility, by a combination of solid cores and sliding wall system for adaptible sub-divisions depending on group sizes. The larger labs are located on the ground floor, for easy access to the terrain and opportunity for outdoor activities.
The Technical Faculty at the SDU is to meet the requirements for low energy class 1 according to BR95 (Danish building codes). This means minimal energy consumption, good indoor climate and use of materials with a low environmental impact in a life cycle perspective.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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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