Roskilde University - Building 3

  • Client

    Bygningsstyrelsen, Roskilde Universitets Center

  • Collaborators

    Hoffmann A/S, Sweco, JL Engieering A/S

  • Location

    Roskilde Universitet, Bygning 3, DK-4000 Roskilde

  • Area

    6,600 m2

  • Status

    Completed in 2019

Transformation of Building 3

At RUC, the long office corridors of the 1970s in Building 3 have been transformed into an open reading room containing offices, meeting rooms and an auditorium.

The building stands as a square house that surrounds an inner, sheltered garden. The refurbishment has both activated the building's garden space and ensured that daylight flows through the floors. It creates friendly spaces and room for reflection. Closed office corridors are now open reading rooms filled with daylight.

From the outside, the biggest change can be seen in the large glass entrance area. The arrivals area is built in double height, which provides a bright and open welcome. The reception is covered with light wooden slats, which add warmth to the room.

Access to the courtyard is secured from several places, including the auditorium. It should strengthen the use of the green slope in the middle, and at the same time make nature more present indoors. Due to the building's relatively low height, plenty of light enters the inner garden. In addition, the enclosed courtyard provides shelter, which optimizes the use of the space. Many of the building's users are students who need to study or do group work, without the need for a desk and office chair. For them, the garden becomes an attractive workplace.

The open floors function as an accessible reading room, which is broken down into smaller zones with the help of the free-standing meeting cores. Like the reception, they are covered with light wooden slats, and on the outside they appear as integrated seating, coffee island and wardrobe. All corners are rounded to provide a more passable walking path. The wood-clad units virtually guide visitors through the building and make the building's functions clear.

The long distribution corridors have been removed and instead become part of a more fluid workplace. This provides an optimized use of the existing square meters. The cell offices are made of glass, which ensures that light can flow through the building and gives the impression of a more open and transparent workplace.

In order to future-proof the building, offices and common areas can be easily combined or divided if the building's function changes in the future.

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