The A.P. Møller Foundation is presenting the students of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) with a new student residence, which in its spectacular architecture will be a significant landmark for both the city of Odense and the university. The Foundation has purchased various proposals and decided to build the project as proposed by C.F. Møller.
The new student hall of residence at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense will be built around the idea of good communities. The 250 student residences are located in three interconnected 14-storey buildings. This means that the complex has no rear side and presents an attractive appearance in all 360 degrees. The building's distinctive shape will make it easily recognisable on campus, and signals that its content is different to that of the other university buildings: a hall of residence.
Along the outer edges of the building lie the student rooms, each of which, due to the twists and turns of the building, present a view of the countryside while preserving privacy from neighbouring rooms. Each room has its own private balcony, which both helps to make the residences attractive and also serves an energy function: the recessed balconies prevent too much sunlight entering the rooms, which means that considerable amounts of energy can be saved on cooling.
As you move out of the room and towards the communal kitchen in the middle of the building, the areas become gradually more and more collective: first of all there is a common living-room, which provides a transition to the community space and a social meeting-place for the occupants of the small clusters of seven rooms each into which the residences are grouped. At the centre is the kitchen, which is common to the entire floor, and has a glass facade that ensures light and views in three directions.
The top floor offers a fantastic view and is reserved for common activities, with roof terraces with space for, for example, urban farming, and rooms for music, drama, exercise or a library.
The student residence is expected to be ready to receive the new students by September 2015.