The winning design in an international competition to enlarge the University of Copenhagen’s Panum complex was recently announced. C.F. Møller Architects, in collaboration with SLA and Ramboll, earned first prize with their 35,000-square-meter tower design that amply meets the competition objectives to create a recognizable focal point for the campus that gives it a sense of visual identity, provide more space for students and research, as well as establish a closer relationship with the surrounding community. "It has been essential for us to create a building that will be in dialogue with the district of Nørrebro. Until now, the Panum building has had the air of a large, closed-off research institution with its back turned to the city. But now, through the new extension and its link with the existing Panum complex, we will be able to open up its inner universe of dynamic and exciting research to the outside world,” stated the partners at C.F. Møller. The university’s new spirit of openness towards the outer community is symbolized by the building’s transparent ground floor, and plans for a café and lounge on the top floor with spectacular views of the city will allow the public to enjoy other parts of the building as well. Rising up amidst a group of older, smaller buildings, the 16-story tower will also house auditoriums, classrooms, a cafeteria, laboratories and conference rooms. A series of plazas will also be created between the lower buildings, with a vast science plaza outside the tower’s entrance. C.F. Møller’s plans for the building also consider environmental sustainability, in some ways taking “being green” quite literally. Within the tower will be numerous indoor gardens, offering a “green” alternative to traditional study and office areas and improving interior air quality and well-being for occupants. The tower also incorporates a cutting-edge energy-conservation system, which will recycle energy from ventilation to an unprecedented degree, making its laboratories the most efficient in Denmark. The project is expected to be completed in 2014.
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