The Maersk Building, a 34,000 square metre extension of the Panum Complex is to function as a landmark for international healthcare research, forming a distinctive part of Copenhagen’s urban landscape and skyline. The vision is to present a creative and sustainable architectural solution that interacts with the existing buildings and the rest of the city and campus area.
An integrated part of Copenhagen’s skyline
The winning proposal for this project was developed by C.F. Møller Architects, Ramboll and SLA as well as sub-consultants from aggebo&henriksen, Gordon Farquharson, Cenergia and Innovation Lab. The design consists of four low buildings, together forming the shape of a star and visually appearing as the foundation of a 16 storey high rise building. The building reflects its surroundings by way of its shape and the colours and materials used. The layout of the building is flexible, and takes into account that the functions of various rooms may be changed over time.
Creating a knowledge environment for international standards
To become a vibrant hotspot for natural sciences is the ambitious development plan for the University of Copenhagen’s Northern Campus area. During 2010, three international idea competitions were launched to find the advisors with the best proposals for the new science district. Ramboll succeeded in developing the winning formula for all three competitions.
“The proposal for the first project, the Niels Bohr Science Park, benefited from the close cooperation in the consultancy team. We worked together in an atmosphere of confidence and mutual respect, which made it possible to challenge and inspire each other across disciplines and companies. It was collaboration in the true sense of the word, resulting in the creation of a winning formula out of chaos,” says Bjarke Curtz Jansen, team captain of the winning team behind the suggestion for the Niels Bohr Science Park.
The objective of the second competition, the Master Plan for the Nørre Campus, was to establish an attractive campus for the university area, forming a strong connection and environment between the existing university area and the new university buildings.
An ambitious design program
“For the Panum proposal, we faced a demanding program for both the involved architects and engineers. Advanced laboratories with unusually strict demands on low energy consumption had to be combined with high architectural ambitions for a vibrant and inspiring building, being a significant but non-dominant landmark. It was truly a puzzle, with a lot of hard and inspiring work from all disciplines to get the right picture, a landmark for modern laboratories,” says John Flemming Jensen, who headed the team at the Panum Complex.
The proposal was named by the jury as “the most convincing and supreme suggestion for an extension in the competition”.
These three quite different projects showed that the ability to cooperate, inspire and show mutual understanding can transform architecture and engineering into world class designs.