KU Science

Project information

  1. Location Copenhagen‚ Denmark
  2. Area4.500 m²
  3. Construction cost45 mill DKK

Project details

  1. Year2016 — 2019
  2. StatusCompleted
  3. Partners NHH
  4. Client BYGST
  5. Enquiries Susanne Hansen
    Lisbeth Olsen
  6. Scope Education environments
    Interior design

Interior and Learning Environments

The project encompasses the comprehensive revitalization and modernization of 12 teaching and research laboratories, along with their associated facilities at KU Science. Simultaneously, a cutting-edge and adaptable study environment is to be established. This innovative space will include meeting areas, a designated reading zone, and shared amenities, all designed to facilitate diverse teaching methods and foster collaborative group work.

Environments for Modern Learning

The conceptual foundation of the study environments is to cultivate and bolster knowledge sharing and interaction between research and teaching facilities, establishing the groundwork for an inspiring and innovative university environment.

The study environment is thoughtfully designed to encourage extended stays, focused study sessions, and social interaction. This is achieved through the integration of group rooms, reading spaces, and study niches strategically positioned in close proximity to the teaching laboratories. Furthermore, these spaces are interconnected with associated research offices and secondary rooms, fostering a seamless blend of academic collaboration and community engagement.

Preserving History

A foundation of respect and understanding for the architectural features, qualities, and contexts of the buildings guided the prioritization of architectural heritage. This commitment is exemplified through initiatives such as the reuse of Mogens Koch's furniture and the preservation of Steen Eiler Rasmussen's intricate architectural details.

The outcome is a substantial modernization and update of the laboratory facilities, aligning them with current desires and research requirements. Importantly, this transformation is executed while upholding the architectural features and original intentions of the buildings. Consequently, these architectural elements serve as the enduring framework for a contemporary teaching environment, seamlessly blending the past with the present.

Future-proof Laboratory Facilities

The teaching and research laboratories have undergone significant functional enhancements, encompassing improvements in workstation organization. The introduction of new laboratory inventory, such as fume cupboards, LAF (Laminar Air Flow) benches, and chemical cabinets, represents a pivotal aspect of this transformation. Moreover, the reconfiguration has led to enhanced workflows between different functions, contributing to a more efficient and streamlined operational environment.

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Concurrent with the optimization efforts and the integration of new equipment and technology, updated standards for installations have necessitated a thorough restoration and replacement of piping, ventilation systems, and other technological components across laboratories, chemical rooms, and equipment rooms.

The optimization of the laboratories is conducted with stringent requirements for GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) classification, emphasizing health, workplace environment, as well as acoustic and visual indoor climate considerations. This comprehensive approach ensures that the revitalized spaces not only meet but exceed contemporary standards for safety, functionality, and user experience.