Site: DTU Lyngby
Area: 15.500 m2
Status: 1. prize, under construction

The most important aesthetical element at DTU is the landscape. The subdued buildings achieve their quality and characteristics through their interaction with the landscaped space. The campus area takes the form of a luxuriant clearing in a wood with groves and planting in the inner courtyards. The proposal for Building 324 for Information Science and OAS stems from this very landscape architectural element. The new Building 324 is a place for modern learning and knowledge production, as a supplement to the existing facilities at DTU. The building breaks with the existing standard buildings and fits into the existing surroundings in a natural way. With its transparency, flexibility and floating structure of space it creates new potential for multidisciplinary work and education as well as social interaction. The building’s interior is playful and lively, full of surprising areas that bring the landscape identity of DTU indoors. The building thus constitutes one continuous inner landscape establishing a luxuriant common space that connects functions, students and researchers with each other. The inner landscape is a luxuriant oasis with large trees such as fig, bamboo, orange and lemon trees. The planting fills the spaces and improves the indoor climate. The air is cleared of chemical substances and the plants absorb heat in the summer and add moisture to the air in the dry winter. Open footbridges create a lively network of movement throughout the centre of the building where you can walk between the treetops and have a view to the common areas on the ground floor. The floor, which runs through the building, removes the boundaries between indoor and outdoor across the building. The view to the adjoining courtyard can be seen through the glass. On the ground floor small water surfaces with collected rainwater and nursery beds with different grass types and ground cover break through the surface. All rainwater from the roof is collected via down spouts into underground rainwater tanks and is used to maintain the water level in the basins, for watering the trees and for flushing toilets.

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