The students of the Technical University of Denmark have been given a 2300m2 large golden box, that houses the Building Design Education. The building is designed by Christensen & Co Architects and has an overall significant architectural identity, with a spatial flexibility, easily adaptable to the ever-changing education.
The main inspiration derives from the old-fashioned factory halls, proven especially changeable for warring purposes. The main structure encompasses a 22-meter long roof attached to the two end facades, creating a rectangular box. As the Building Design education develops, the physicality of the building will follow.
A double high inner ‘street’ along the entire south façade connects the two floor plans and creates a light filter between the new intense functions inside the building and an old orchard outside. The inner street inspires to social breaks, training, and formal and informal learning situations. The ground floor is planned as one large coherent ‘dance floor’ that can be configured in a myriad of ways, without losing its fundamental character, while classroom facilities are designed as warm wooden boxes bouncing out in the double high space.
The glass facades are coved with two different types of golden aluminum mesh, giving the building a active climate screen that changes the expression and character of the building and regulates the daylight over a day and through the year. A grass covered roof helps gathering rainwater for re-use and with a combination of large widows on the facades and climate screening, the architects have ensured daylight entering into the center of the building as well as a healthy indoor climate.