Life Campus

  • Client

    LIFE Foundation and the Novo Nordisk Foundation

  • Collaborators

    LYTT Architecture (landscape), COWI

  • Location

    Biologiens Vej 5, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby

  • Area

    5,000 m2

  • Status

    Completed in 2021

  • Award

    Architizer A+ Popluar Choice Award (2023), Architizer A+ Learning Award (2023), ArchDaily Cultural Building of the Year Nominee (2024)

Ninety-six raw oak columns referencing DNA and Fibonacci welcomes visitors to LIFE Campus – a visionary learning centre set to evoke the interest of children in the natural sciences. Located on old hunting grounds, LIFE Campus manifests an interplay between nature and science with a digital learning environment that includes high-tech labs, a 360-degree projection hall and modern workspaces.

From the inside out, LIFE Campus is learning. Founded in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the building manifests this interplay between nature and science with surrounding spaces on beautiful, old hunting grounds that welcome everyone.

Ninety-six oak columns from 150-year-old trees mark the transition between a living landscape and a living building inspired by the natural surroundings – each placed in a pattern that reference the mathematical pattern of Fibonacci and DNA-strings.

Inside, educational activities centre on three teaching labs and a research lab with additional labs in pipeline. Here, students take on current societal challenges that mirror the research environments of companies and universities, supporting UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Changing spatial experiences with raw materials, visible piping and technical installations play an active role in learning. At the heart, a 360-degree auditorium, with state-of-the-art AV and sound design, takes children on journeys from earth’s core to the galaxy edge.

Outside, an experience path connects the building to the landscape and guides visitors to science-inspired art pieces by world-renowned artist Jeppe Hein. The southern end is home to learning gardens LIFE Arboretum and LIFE Orchard with a vast variety of trees. In continuation, shelters are under way for school classes to stay overnight. 

The building is also domicile for the LIFE Foundation and 80 employees. Here, flexible and multi-functional office spaces and meeting facilities are placed alongside the magnificent view ensuring optimal work environment with excellent daylight.

“In a simple, Nordic expression, the building holds a high-tech learning heart. A sensuous technological universe that educates and inspires with changing spatial experiences.”

Thomas West Jensen, partner Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects

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Novonesis Headquarters
The Niels Bohr Building
Life Mobile Lab