University of Copenhagen

Expansion of the Southern Campus

Originally, the university’s construction containers in Amager were not meant to be a long-term solution. But as the university grew, a more permanent solution was needed, and it was decided to transform the containers into new, unifying university buildings for several faculties. One of the challenges was to realise this goal within the framework of the "temporary" container building, which got to be more than 30 years old.
  • Bygningsstyrelsen
  • EKJ A/S, Balslev A/S
  • Svend Kierkegaard A/S, SLA
  • Location
    Njalsgade, Copenhagen
  • Year
    2010 - 2017
  • Size
    48,000 m² + 37,000 m²
  • Independent landscape project - Karen Blixen Square
  • Architect

Today, Søndre Campus, which the area has since been named, houses a vibrant study environment for students, teachers and scientists. The project was partly a transformation project, which involved creating the beautiful and simple travertine-clad façades on part of the original buildings that were once the University of Copenhagen, Amager.

Arkitema KUA 02 Michael Ellehammer web
Arkitema KUA 09 Michael Ellehammer
The beautiful and simple travertine-clad façades on part of the original buildings
Arkitema KUA 15 R Hjortshoj web

The simplistic exterior is followed by a warm, more organic interior that is also characterised by high-quality and textural materials. Inside, a dynamic and open study environment is combined with good working spaces for scientists and teachers from three faculties. In the large common atria, students meet to work on joint projects in flexible niches, small lounge areas and around small tables, which – thanks to wooden flooring, light-coloured furniture and sweeping flights of stairs – signal a pulsating learning environment.

Arkitema KUA2 01 Photo Niels Nygaard web
Arkitema KUA3 05 Photo Niels Nygaard web

In all aspects, the project boasts sustainable architecture: Socially, economically and resource-wise. It provides research environments that promote interaction between people, reuse of existing concrete structures, and buildings that are effective and easy to operate.

Arkitema designed both the second and third phases of the physical premises of University of Copenhagen at Søndre Campus, which hold faculties for the humanities, law and theology, and the architecture was developed in close cooperation with the client and users.

Arkitema KUA3 04 Photo Niels Nygaard web