C.F. Møller Architects is designing the Danish Technological Institute's new 50,000 m² campus area in Aarhus North
The DTI conducts research and development in high-tech, sustainable solutions specifically in materials, construction, food, and agriculture, which they convert into services for companies. The DTI's new campus area will house the most high-tech laboratories.
"We are proud to be designing a new knowledge campus for the DTI in Aarhus North. This is an opportunity to devise a modern structure for knowledge sharing and innovation, in interaction with green and attractive surroundings, is one of the core areas we've been working on since Aarhus University was established," says Klavs Hyttel, Partner at C.F. Møller Architects.
The campus area will have four clusters of separate buildings for administration, workshops, and pilot halls. There will be a total of 12 buildings across 8,000m². The buildings have varying dimensions and up to three levels, and they are all brick buildings.
The clusters are grouped around a courtyard area where the six-storey main building acts as the anchor point for the DTI campus area. The ground floor has large glass panels that provide an open, welcoming façade for the main building as a meeting point, with canteen, office space and conference rooms.
Sections are designed to shrink and grow as new technological opportunities and developments emerge, makes the new campus area future-proof from the point of view of the DTI.
Involves the surrounding terrain and activities
A sense of variety is created in the façades by alternating between red and brown shades in the bricks and pointing, combined with glass panels. The buildings are designed to fit into the natural, hilly landscape. This means that some buildings are planned to have a basement level below ground level at one end of the building, turning into a full ground floor at the other end of the building.
The architecture emphasizes to draw in the natural surroundings, both in the buildings and in the landscape design. The windows in the pilot halls are arranged to make the most of natural daylight. They also provide views of the natural surroundings, the activities in the courtyard area and an active outdoor feature called the Expo landscape.
The Expo landscape is laid out as a green belt through the buildings. It is used for plant growth experiments and as a showcase area in both professional and recreational contexts for employees and other interested parties.
"The Expo landscape is a kind of outdoor laboratory and showcase for the DTI's activities. The idea of the Expo landscape is to make the DTI's work visible by taking it out of the buildings and into an active landscape zone where people can move around and actively use the landscape.
The Expo landscape runs through a courtyard by the entrance and canteen, where people circulate naturally. Further, it is designed to be part of a landscape park, so it can also be used as outdoor break-out spaces for employees. That makes it a social as well as a professional resource for employees, partners, and other stakeholders," says Lasse Palm, Associate Partner and Head of Landscape & Urbanism at C.F. Møller Architects.
Phased relocation of activities in East Jutland
AgroTech, the food section of the Danish Technological Institute, is the first to relocate from Kolding to the new campus area in Aarhus North. The move is expected to happen in 2024. The DTI will keep its headquarters at Kongsvang Allé in Aarhus C for the time being, but the new site in Aarhus North makes it possible to move the headquarters to the new campus area. An overall relocation of DTI’s activities in East Jutland is not expected before 5-10 years.
C.F. Møller Architects also designed the Danish Meat Research Institute (DMRI) in Taastrup.
C.F. Møller Architects is among the world's leading architectural firms specializing in health and laboratory buildings and has received numerous awards in this field. The company is known for the Biomedicum building in Stockholm, Akershus University Hospital in Oslo, Maersk Tower in Copenhagen, and the Darwin Centre in London. In addition, C.F. Møller Architects is behind Aarhus University Hospital and the world's first fully automated sterile centre for Rigshospitalet (RH) in Copenhagen. C.F. Møller Architects is currently working on several health projects in Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and Finland.