Synergy between education, research and commercial activities inspired the choreography of life in the complex.
Because of the small scale of Sonderborg the 3XN architects
decided on dividing the large complex into a series of buildings
with short gable ends, alternating with atrium buildings.
This concept provides transparency and daylight, and corresponds in scale with the neighbouring harbor typology.
The concept of the Danish University South, Science Park South
& Concert Hall, also made it possible to follow the bending
coastline, and adhere to the change of level on the site parallel
to the coast line. The tube-like buildings of the University South
protrude above a parterre floor, mainly fitted with common
facilities like library, canteen and students' club, and also
open-up to the public on the harbor promenade.
Most offices, laboratories and work places have an unobstructed
view towards the water.
All common facilities are situated at the parterre level making it necessary for students as well as scientists, to "step down" to the restaurant, library, and other shared facilities.
The atrium buildings, not included in the competition brief, were designed by moving the glass wall forward adding tall lightfilled spaces to the traditional comb-structure.
The Concert Hall, added later, was perfect for adapting yet another element.
Because of the adjacent railway station the acoustics were a major concern but the "box-in-box" solved the problem and adhered to the overall concept.
Security is established as a horizontal division with ascent to higher levels requiring key cards. This way the building can be open in the evenings, integrating the concert hall as part of the total building concept.
Facts about Alsion
Bravida Denmark A/S
Strunge og Hartvigsen
Schønherr Landskab K/S
Gehry Partners, LLP is developing the harbor front area across from Alsion.
Danish National Education Buildings
Foundation for Science Park South
Municipality of Sonderborg
Foundation for Concert Hall in Sonderborg
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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