With its sharp-cut profile, Vestas Technology R&D Centre points towards its surroundings and thus constitutes a distinct landmark. The tone is set immediately when you see the building, which displays and frames a gigantic wind turbine element with its transparent façade. This is a mainstay of wind energy, the place for new solutions and new knowledge of wind energy innovation to develop.
R&D Center for 500 employees, fase I+II
- Vestas Wind Systems A/S
- Cowi A/S
- Hedeager 42, Skejby, Århus
- 18.300 m² + 8000 m²
The centre is located on the highest point of the plot, partly to ensure good visual contact to the surroundings and partly to display itself towards Randersvej. A large glass section recessed in the façade marks the main entrance, which connects to the building's three-storey high atrium, which is a unifying room for the whole building. At the top floor in the atrium's landscape of stairs, a V90 wind turbine nacelle was redesigned into a 3D cave.
In addition, the building accommodates a large auditorium and associated facilities. All offices are designed as flexible units, which supports the idea of project work and knowledge sharing across the company.
The R&D centre brings the company's research and development facilities under one roof and has office facilities for 500 employees, a showroom, large and minor laboratories as well as test facilities.
The project was developed in close dialogue with Vestas, and Arkitema initially conducted a user survey in cooperation with a business psychologist. A client brief and a draft design based on a user process with selected employees were subsequently developed.