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Featured on Archinnovations.com back in October 2009, the project has just been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award. We would to pay it another visit, adding a couple of more photographs to this innovative building designed by NORD Architects in Copenhagen. The center is an iconographic light tower for innovative education and knowledge production within natural science.
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The purpose is to inspire and enhance the abilities for the teaching of the natural science in the educational system on a national scale. The center is one big educational laboratory embracing the facilities for lecturing, project development and educational processes that can enhance the interest and stimulate young people during secondary school and high school.
The building is a monolithic cylinder generated in a series of geometrical transformations. Towards the exterior the building looks homogeneous with a façade cut in different ways by terraces, window openings and translucent openings.
The façade is covered by u-glass profiles, that changes character when weather and light conditions change. At night it is lit from the inside like a light tower on the seaside. Inside the building there are differentiated spatial experiences, flexible areas and internal connections. The Natural Science Center is placed on a hillside towards the north and it is the first thing you see when entering the city. On the large plot the “Natural Science Gardens” will be established as an external educational site open for the public. “We are very proud of the result. It has become a very good story to tell that we as a young office in collaboration with the client and entrepreneur have delivered a building in time and within the budget. This center is an example of how to create a new type of institution aimed at the future need in terms of learning and innovating.” Morten Rask Gregersen and Johannes Pedersen, partners in NORD Architects, Copenhagen.
Project Details and Credits:
Natural Science Center Client: Fonden Naturvidenskabernes Hus Donators: Realdania, Viborg Kommune, Poul Due Jensens Fond, mfl. Place: Bjerringbro, Denmark Year: 2007 - 2009 Size: 2560 m² Budget: 46.300.000 DKK Total Advisor: NORD Architects, Copenhagen Engineer: Cowi a/s, Riisøe Rådgivende Ingeniør –, Svend Ole Hansen ApS – Arup Landscape Architect: Charlotte Skibsted, Landskabsarkitekt MDL MAA Client advisor: Rambøll Danmark a/s Entrepreneur: MT Højgaard a/s, Viborg
NORD Architects NORD Architects is a young office based in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark. The office has existed for 6 years and is run by Johannes Pedersen and Morten Rask Gregersen. NORD Architects works with a wide variety of projects in the fields of architecture, urban planning and urban spaces and have specialized in new types of institutions. NORD Architects has especially been famous for user involvement processes and the development of visions, strategies and innovative designs.