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Technical Faculty SDU - Syddansk Universitet
University of Southern Denmark - Faculty of Engineering
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DESIGNER
 
 
C.F. Møller
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CONTEXT
 
Relationship with the location
C.F. Møller, Technical Faculty SDU, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, DenmarkThe unusual appearance is a result of both adaption and distinctiveness in relation to the existing campus, which is a unique 1970s structuralist design by architects Krohn & Hartvig Rasmussen characterized by its linear layout and brutalist use of fair-faced concrete and weathered cor-ten steel cladding. The new Technical Faculty building adopts the same materiality and site layout, but reinterprets their use and appearance to clearly set the building apart from the historic campus architecture.
C.F. Møller, Technical Faculty SDU, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark
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C.F. Møller, Technical Faculty SDU, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, DenmarkThe Technical Faculty is part of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) 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 buildings connected by bridges at multiple levels crossing the heart of the complex, a "piece of furniture" containing common functions, meeting-rooms and café/lounge areas. The many connections allow for more fluid boundaries, and more community and knowledge sharing. 


C.F. Møller, Technical Faculty SDU, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, DenmarkThe unusual appearance is a result of both adaption and distinctiveness in relation to the existing campus, which is a unique 1970s structuralist design by architects Krohn & Hartvig Rasmussen characterized by its linear layout and brutalist use of fair-faced concrete and weathered cor-ten steel cladding. The new Technical Faculty building adopts the same materiality and site layout, but reinterprets their use and appearance to clearly set the building apart from the historic campus architecture.


The building is designed as a glass house with an external screen or veil revealing and shading the glazing. The elegant and seemingly weightless screen is made from pre-fab panels of white CRC concrete (Compact Reinforced Composite, a special type of Fibre Reinforced High Performance Concrete with high strength) featuring circular openings with an underlying solar screen and natural ventilation. 


The eye-catching screen reflects the innovation and creativity that characterises the various institutes which it unites, including institutes for diverse research on the subject of construction technology and industrialization. Here, the fiber-reinforced concrete architecturally demonstrates the possibilities of new materials.



The Technical Faculty at SDU meets the requirements for low energy class 2015 according to the strict 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.


The composition of the façade screen is created from only seven different types of concrete panels, and the different diameters and layouts of the panels’ perforation patterns have been optimized to act as a solar screen and glare protection, reducing direct sunlight by up to 50 percent, while still allowing unobstructed views from all interior spaces to the green surroundings.


C.F. Møller, Technical Faculty SDU, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, DenmarkThe four institutes sharing the building are conducting world-class research in various fields such as material and construction science, nano-optics, environmental sciences and robotics. As a result, the building houses several spectacular pieces of equipment such a one of Denmark’s largest distillation plants, vibration-free and climate-controlled laser optics labs and a special ultra-high strength concrete slab for testing structural loads. 


The interior layout creates great flexibility, with the larger labs located on the ground floor for easy access to the terrain and opportunity for outdoor activities.
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C.F. Møller, Technical Faculty SDU, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark
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MATERIALS
 
glass, cement

C.F. Møller, Technical Faculty SDU, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, DenmarkThe building is designed as a glass house with an external screen or veil revealing and shading the glazing. The elegant and seemingly weightless screen is made from pre-fab panels of white CRC concrete (Compact Reinforced Composite, a special type of Fibre Reinforced High Performance Concrete with high strength) featuring circular openings with an underlying solar screen and natural ventilation. 


C.F. Møller, Technical Faculty SDU, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, DenmarkThe eye-catching screen reflects the innovation and creativity that characterises the various institutes which it unites, including institutes for diverse research on the subject of construction technology and industrialization. Here, the fiber-reinforced concrete architecturally demonstrates the possibilities of new materials.

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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
C.F. Møller, Technical Faculty SDU, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, DenmarkThe building is designed as a glass house with an external screen or veil revealing and shading the glazing. The elegant and seemingly weightless screen is made from pre-fab panels of white CRC concrete featuring circular openings with an underlying solar screen and natural ventilation. 


C.F. Møller, Technical Faculty SDU, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, DenmarkThe Technical Faculty at SDU meets the requirements for low energy class 2015 according to the strict 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.


The composition of the façade screen is created from only seven different types of concrete panels, and the different diameters and layouts of the panels’ perforation patterns have been optimized to act as a solar screen and glare protection, reducing direct sunlight by up to 50 percent, while still allowing unobstructed views from all interior spaces to the green surroundings.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Syddanmark
Municipality
Odense
Town
Odense
Place
Killerup
Address
Niels Bohrs Alle
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Education buildings
Universities, colleges
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2009    
Realisation
2009 - 2015
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Anna Maria Indrio, "La nuova Università Tecnica di Odense in Danimarca. Tra sperimentazione tecnologica e sostenibilità ambientale / The new Technical University [TEK] in Odense, Denmark. Between experimental technology and sustainability", L'Industria delle Costruzioni 436, marzo-aprile7march-april 2014, pp. 108-113
Michelangelo Vallicelli, "La Danimarca è all’avanguardia nella costruzione digitalizzata", Il giornale dell'architettura 102, febbraio 2012, "Professioni & formazione" p. 23
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CLIENT
 
 
The Danish Universities & Building Agency and SDU
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 20,000
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STRUCTURES
 
 
MOE
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Schønherr Landskab
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Joergen True, C.F. Møller
Drawings © C.F. Møller
Text edited by C.F. Møller
Courtesy of C.F. Møller

C.F. Møller, Technical Faculty SDU, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark



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