Campus of the University City College Capital

  • Client

    Carlsberg Byen Ejendomme P/S

  • Collaborators

    Christensen & Co Arkitekter, COBE, NORD Architects, Effekt, NIRAS A/S, Masu Planning Aps, WAW

  • Location

    Humletorvet 3, DK-1799 Copenhagen V

  • Area

    57,000 m²

  • Status

    Completed in 2016

  • Competition

    First Prize

A vibrant campus in Copenhagen’s historical Carlsberg City District

The Campus of the University College Capital (UCC) is a coherent, vibrant and multi-functional campus that forms the Station Area in the Carlsberg City District. More than 12,000 students and 10,000 rail commuters visit daily, making it the main generator of urban life in the Carlsberg City District. Designed as an extension of the city, the Campus of the University College Capital is a study environment that invites students to use the multi-functional facilities throughout the day, thus generating a lively scene also after hours.

The Carlsberg City District is a historical area in central Copenhagen – former home of the world-renowned brewery since 1847. In 2006, Carlsberg decided to move the brewery activities and transform the historical industrial area into a new, 600,000 square metres urban district developed around the historical buildings and featuring educational institutions, business facilities and residential buildings.

Flanked by the 100-metre-tall Bohr’s Tower and two golden gates, the campus area is the most dramatic entrance to the Carlsberg City District – where it offers educational facilities, housing, shops and businesses. Here, the learning institute of the University College Capital is integrated into the identity of the Carlsberg City District, and the area in that way becomes an urban learning universe with strategic zones for reflection and dialogue.

Intertwining the city and the buildings

Key parameters for a cross-disciplinary educational institution like the UCC are flow and continuity. The campus core is the Warehouse: A robust and flexible learning space capable of adapting to changing learning cultures over time. It is defined by a value-generating identity that promotes professionalism and synergy, and offers educators and students a unique common forum of development.

The urban spaces are descaled to match the smaller buildings, such as the traditional residential buildings in the old areas of Copenhagen and the Carlsberg site in particular. The Station Area is defined by this approach, which primarily is achieved through the natural architectural functions as well as the surrounding urban spaces. In the municipal detail plan for the Carlsberg City District, the buildings in the Station Area are well defined – both geometrically and in their relationship with the adjacent urban spaces and buildings.

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