In 2018 the Biosphere won the Detail Award –  special prize inside and in 2017 the Biosphere received The Carpentry Award.

Life Science & Bioengineering B202

An ambient Biosphere

The new building for Life Science and Bioengineering is the largest project since the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) was inaugurated in the 1960s. In a respectful yet innovative transformation of the original architecture, the façade of gold-anodised and black-lacquered aluminium is broken into sections with niches and balconies that create a vibrant sense of scale. The building rises from the ground opening up into a warm wooden interior where the atmospheric atrium, the Biosphere, unites researchers from the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), the National Food Institute (DTU Food) and the National Veterinary Institute (DTU Vet). Here daylight flow from large skylights above oak-clad meeting boxes that almost float in mid-air. The thousands of oak lamellae translates the façade’s golden hue to an inner texture, while the meeting boxes create a wealth of spatialities where the researchers can meet. The building also houses research facilities and laboratories with a wide range of functions, including gigantic saltwater tanks, fish pens and a state-of-the-art ventilation system.

”The Biosphere apears as something taken out of the future. At the same time the warm glow of the oak lamellaes is recognizeable and comforting. Thus, the space becomes simultainiously know and un-known – displaying the high standard of craftmanship everywhere” – Judges committee of the Danish Carpentry Guild in their motivation for rewarding the project the Carpentry award in 2017.



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 2: Zero hunger, 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 12: Responsible consumption and production, SDG 14: Life below water and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.

ClientTechnical University of Denmark (DTU)
Area47.000 m²
LocationLyngby Campus, DK
CollaboratorsRørbæk & Møller Architects, Schul Landscape Architects, COWI, Norconsult
ImagesAdam Mørk
UsersDTU – Aqua, Veterinary, Food Engineering