Sdu University of Southern Denmark, Campus Kolding

CompanyHenning Larsen Architects
Lead DesignerHenning Larsen Architects
Design Team
PrizeSilver in Architectural Design / Educational Buildings

With its triangular shape, SDU Campus Kolding has created a significant new landmark in Kolding. The building is located in the city centre, close to the harbour, transit station and the picturesque Kolding River. SDU Campus Kolding supports different teaching methods, new ways of teaching and is a flexible and state-of-the-art teaching environment. The offices and group rooms on each floor are placed in the periphery. As required, these rooms can be opened up to the more vibrant study environment on the balconies, which are based on individual as well as group environments. The objective has been to create cross-fields between professors, researchers and students while at the same time ensuring available areas for quiet contemplation. As daylight changes and varies during the course of the day and year, SDU Campus Kolding is fitted with dynamic solar shading, which adjusts to the specific climate conditions and user patterns and provides optimal daylight and a comfortable indoor climate along the façades. The solar shading system consists of approx. 1,600 triangular shutters of perforated steel, mounted on the façade in a way which allows them to adjust to the changing intensity of daylight and desired inflow of light. SDU Campus Kolding is Denmark’s — and one of the worlds — first low-energy. The building’s ceiling solution is based on the principle of diffusion, wherein the ‘used’ heated air is sent back to heat recovery where it preheats the fresh air that is brought into the building. A combined heating and cooling pump installation, which uses the ground water to regulate the temperature inside the building, has been fully integrated into the design. In addition, SDU Campus Kolding is part of a development project that examines how concrete's thermal properties can be increased, thereby diminishing the energy consumption for heating and cooling.