Technical Faculty SDU Odense by C. F. Møller Architects

Technical Faculty SDU Odense

Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Photo © Joergen True

A new building is making a bold statement on the campus of the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, blending in and standing out at the same time with its unique façade and innovative interior layout for cutting-edge research.

Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Photo © Joergen True

The Technical Faculty (Faculty of Engineering) is part of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Odense, and constitutes a shared research and education environment for four different institutes.

Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Photo © Joergen True

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 and meeting-rooms, and café/lounge areas. The many connections allow for more fluid boundaries, and more community and knowledge sharing.

Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Photo © Joergen True

Unique facade
The new Technical Faculty building adopts the materiality and site layout of the existing campus’ 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, but reinterprets their use and appearance to clearly set the building apart from the historic campus architecture.

Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Photo © Joergen True

The building is shrouded in an external screen or veil revealing and shading the transparent volume. 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.

Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Photo © Joergen True

Spectacular science
The 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.

Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Photo © Joergen True

As a result, the building will house 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.

Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Photo © Joergen True

The 21.000 m2 complex is designed by C.F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Schønherr Landscape and engineers MOE for the Danish Universities & Building Agency and the University of Southern Denmark. The official inauguration will be at the start of the academic term in September. Source by C. F. Møller Architects.

Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Photo © Joergen True

Location: Odense, Denmark
Architects: C. F. Møller Architects
Engineering: MOE
Landscape: Schønherr Landskab
Area: 20000 m2 (of these 6.000 m² laboratories)
Year: 2015
Images: C. F. Møller Architects
Photographs: Joergen True, Courtesy of C. F. Møller Architects

Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Site Plan
Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Ground Floor Plan
Technical Faculty SDU Odense
1st Floor Plan
Technical Faculty SDU Odense
2nd Floor Plan
Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Section
Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Site Diagram
Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Diagrams
Technical Faculty SDU Odense
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Technical Faculty SDU Odense
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Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Image © C. F. Møller Architects
Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Image © C. F. Møller Architects
Technical Faculty SDU Odense
Image © C. F. Møller Architects

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