At DTU, north of Copenhagen, Danish architect firm Christensen & Co Architect´s has created a new building which is already shaping up to be an innovative new research and learning environment. Researchers, teachers and students are settling in to the new building, called DTU Compute, and it has already become a landmark of the university's high ambitions. The explanation is found in the architecture, which has been developed to stimulate and strengthen the sharing of scientific ideas and knowledge. There are no dark corridors at DTU Compute. Instead, the interior of the building creates a continuous and lush inner oasis with huge trees that form a living, communal space weaving through the whole building and connecting both students and staff spatially.
The trees contribute positively to the building's profile of sustainability. It helps the building breathe, so to speak. But their significance to the architectural idea behind the building is greater than that. In most cultures and at all times, trees have held a universal symbolic meaning in life, learning, wisdom and experience. Especially important in this case is the attractive power of trees as a place where people assemble naturally. The 22 trees are placed in small groups; they create a light and natural ceiling above the study areas, and filter the daylight, which is present everywhere throughout the building. The facade serves as a partially transparent skin around the inner world of the building and offers flowing visual transitions between the inside and outside.
Title: DTU-324 Research and education
Client: Technical University Denmark
Area: 4.600 m²
DTU-Compute is made in collaboration with: Engineers Henrik Larsen and Anders Christensen. Kragh & Berglund Landscape