12 green solutions
Our new generation of projects include eco-friendly buildings certified under international standards such as Passive House, LEED, BREEAM and DGNB.
C.F. Møller Architects wishes to be a front-runner in sustainability. The demands of the future towards the energy consumption, environmental impact and sustainability of buildings represent an architectural challenge for a practice that intends to be a pioneer in the field and at the same time deliver high architectural quality.
Sustainable design can easily be combined with good architecture; in fact, it opens up new, attractive possibilities for innovation in form, spaces and materials which are very much to the benefit of the coming users and residents.
Sustainable design is a holistic approach to architecture that takes account of a wide range of energy-saving design solutions, materials knowledge, inner climate and technology, together with adaptation to climate change and social programmes, and economically feasible design.
In the following, you can get a taste of twelve of our green solutions:
Palm House in the Botanical Gardens in Aarhus
The steel structure for the new Palm House iclad with transparent plastic cushions, called ETFE cushions. The ETFE cushions are ideal for the task, because, unlike glass, they have a highly flexible structure and can be adapted to the new building's domed shape. This has been carefully calculated by computer programmes to minimise energy consumption, which will be approximately 25 per cent that of the original glasshouse. The ETFE cushions also allow sunlight to penetrate unfiltered, and help to retain the warmth of the sun.
FLSmidth’s domicile in India
FLSmidth's domicile in India is an office building on the site of an old plantation, where the tall coconut palms and dense mango trees have been largely retained. The trees help to screen off the sharp sunlight which pours in, filtered via horizontal window strips, to illuminate the offices in this modernist building with its white-plastered concrete facade - the obvious choice of materials for FLSmidth, the world's leading suppliers to the concrete industry.
The complex is one of the first buildings in India to be certified with the Indian Green Building Council's LEED India for New Construction Gold Certificate.
Skejby Company House III
The office building Skejby Company House III in Aarhus is the first and, so far, the only building in Jutland to be certified under the new Danish sustainability standard, DGNB Denmark.
Through its certification, the building meets a growing market demand for an objective assessment of the environmental and economic sustainability of properties.
Crystal Clear is a new high-rise building in the heart of Oslo, right beside the city's central station, which will both provide a sculptural form on the city's skyline and be in harmony with the capital's generally low-rise buildings - as well as adding plenty of life to the urban space. The project will be equipped with world-class environmental qualities, and is in the BREEAM category 'Excellent'.
A sustainable and pedagogically well-designed kindergarten building in Odense. Here, all the materials are labelled with the Nordic Ecolabel, the building is Passive House-certified with extremely low heating consumption, and the needs of the children have been considered in all aspects.
Terraced houses in Norra Djurgårdsstaden
Norra Djurgårdsstaden in Stockholm is one of Europe's largest urban development areas. The goal is to create a climate-friendly urban district, free of fossil fuels and with CO2 emissions of less than 1.5 tons per person per year, by 2020. C.F. Møller Architects' terraced houses have minimal energy consumption, intelligent lighting, solar thermal collectors for heating, heat recovery systems, 'green' roofs with honeysuckle and herbs, rainwater collection and the possibility of abundant wildlife.
Bestseller Logistics Centre
A 48,000 m2 logistics centre with a strong focus on sustainability, using recycled materials together with extensive eco-friendly roofs and renewable energy sources such as solar thermal collectors and biodiesel for heating.
The site surrounding the centre is a nature reserve with oak woods, wetlands and meadows with grazing cows, all of which help to create a fertile environment for rich flora and fauna.
The Housing+ concept is an energy-neutral high-rise housing complex which is 100% self-sufficient in energy.
A large, south-facing roof is optimally oriented towards the sun and is precisely large enough to allow energy to be collected for the homes.
The roof surface is the building's power plant, with a mixture of solar cells that produce electricity and solar thermal collectors that produce hot water.
Energy consumption in the future terminal building is expected to be less than 35 kWh per square metre: solar cells will help to provide electricity. Sea water and solar energy is used for both heating and cooling. Eco-friendly roofs collect the rainwater and transform carbon dioxide into oxygen. Wind power is used to charge electric cars, etc.
Villa Alstrup by the Wadden Sea has everything an exclusive villa should have, but it is also sustainable. The villa is an energy-plus house, which means that it produces more electricity and heat than it uses. The energy is harvested from nature with the help of solar thermal collectors, solar panels and a geothermal heating plant.
Denmark's oldest still-functioning school, the listed Sølvgade School from 1847, located near Christian IV's 'Nyboder' houses, has for many years lacked space and modern facilities. C.F. Møller Architects has carefully renovated the school and designed an extension which in its form and colours is rooted in and inspired by the building forms and history of the neighbourhood, such as the pastel shades of the Nyboder houses, while also adding a modernist twist.
Besides minimising traffic noise, the distinctive double glass facade helps to create a highly insulated building. The facade also provides a chimney effect for natural ventilation, which complements the mechanical ventilation in an overall energy concept that minimises energy consumption and creates an optimal indoor climate at the school.
The building's energy consumption is less than 68 kWh/m2/year.
Passive House office building for the City Of Aarhus
This office building is a striking example of energy-conserving architecture.
As a sculptural element, the facade is equipped with a slightly tilted 200 m2 slatted wall of solar cells and a 170 m2 vertical solar wall. The wall of solar cells produces electricity for the building. The solar wall collects energy during the winter months, warms up the inlet air to the offices, and helps to cool the offices in summer.
The building is twice as airtight in its design as required by the Danish building regulations.