Grand Opening of the Campus Hall
4.9.2015 | The Campus Hall student housing, which with its 15 floors is a new landmark for the city of Odense and the University of Southern Denmark, has welcomed its first residents and was officially opened on September 4th.
The new student housing for 285 residents has been donated by the A.P. Møller Foundation, and is based on a strong community spirit, as a place for Danish and international students to meet and build ties across cultures and nationalities.
The building's distinctive shape makes it easily recognizable on the campus, as a landmark for the university and the city alike. The mix of residents should also make it easy to create useful network, as up to a third of the homes will be occupied by international students, which constitute about 20% of students at the University of Southern Denmark.
The idea of attractive communities is fundamental to the design, manifest in the way the 250 student residences are located in three interconnected 14-storey towers, clustered around a common core. This means that the residence has no front or back, but appears attractive from a 360-degree perspective, with well-lit rooms featuring private balconies and generous shared kitchens and lounge spaces in the middle.
The common areas are not only present on the residential floors: The Campus Hall also features a ground floor café as well as group rooms, study areas and party spaces on the top floors, with roof terraces on several levels enjoying a magnificent view of the city and university. The shared areas are carefully graded from small and intimate communities to larger rooms for big occasions, to establish a balance between the common and the need for privacy.
Green and energy efficient
The Campus Hall is a low-energy construction made from quality materials that meets the requirements for low-energy class 2020 and gives priority to public transport and cycling - each resident will then have a bike available. Despite its unique height, the student housing will blend organically into the surrounding protected forest landscape, with its own park and small lake.
The inauguration was celebrated with speeches by the Chairman of the A.P. Møller Foundation, Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southern Denmark, Henrik Dam, Mayor Anker Boye and Architect and Partner in C.F. Møller, Julian Weyer.
- Living well is not self-evident, but it is important. "My home is my castle," as my father would have said, Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla opened her speech, referring to her father Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller. With the Campus Hall, the A.P. Møller Foundation and C.F. Møller Architects have strived to create such a "castle" for the students, where they can get unforgettable memories that they can look back on, the Chairman continued.
- It is a beautiful building with lots of daylight and none of the dark long corridors known from other dorms. Instead, there are thought-trough living environments, kitchen environments, lounges and informal furniture to contrast with the private, well-appointed rooms, she further stated.
C.F. Møller Architects acts as lead consultant, in cooperation with C.F. Møller Landscape and engineers Niras. The donation from the A.P. Møller Foundation is a total of 385 million DKK, and the project is delivered on time and on budget.