”The circular shape plays a key role for the energy profile of the building, as it provides the largest possible volume with the smallest possible surface area, resulting in very low heat loss.”

Green Lighthouse

Architectural ambition for sustainability

Green Lighthouse is the first public carbon-neutral building in Denmark. The circular shaped building creates a calm focal point in an area characterised by several different building styles and a myriad of odd angles. The green translucent composite façade transforms the area’s corroded copper roofs into a reflective facade, which act as a dynamic contrast to the neighbouring buildings. Inside, the circular design continues as the central concept of the building, where a lightweight stairway following the round shape up through the interior of the building towards the skylights. Green Lighthouse is a social and academic focal point for the Faculty of Science campus at the University of Copenhagen. Each floor has study areas, and right at the top is the Faculty Lounge with a large roof terrace. The circular shape plays a key role for the energy profile of the building, as it provides the largest possible volume with the smallest possible surface area, resulting in very low heat loss.
 

“It is the government’s ambition that Denmark is at the forefront in the green area. However, good intentions cannot do this alone. The most important thing is the initiatives that actually will transform society. Green Lighthouse is such a concrete initiative on all parameters – and now it is also certified for it.” – Says Minister of Climate, Energy and Building Martin Lidegaard (R).
 

How the project addresses the Sustainable Development Goals

In the project we have worked with issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the project was not designed to address the global goals, as it was created before the goals were adopted by the UN.
We have worked with issues related to: SDG 3: Good Health and well-being, SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production, SDG 13: Climate action and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.

ClientDanish University and Property Agency
Area970 m²
Year2009
LocationCopenhagen, DK
CollaboratorsDanish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Municipality, COWI, Hellerup Byg, VELUX, VELFAC
ImagesAdam Mørk
UsersUniversity of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science