Linnéuniversity in Kalmar
University by the sea
In the heart of Kalmar, in south-east Sweden, Linnéuniversity unites the city’s study environments and teaching activities near the harbour front. In the maritime environment, the university stands out with its profile as an ecological, economically and socially sustainable building. The campus project comprises four faculties and include new buildings, renovation of several existing functions, a canteen and a library placed around a new unifying courtyard. The university is accessed via several entrances to each building, and the social space of the communal square continues inside in an atrium of double height. The atrium is the university’s large communal space, serving as a venue for social events, exhibitions and performances. The varying heights of the complex creates a sense of human scale in the large campus area. The small-scale architecture of the project draws references to the older parts of Kalmar, while the taller buildings establish a connection to the existing university buildings that house laboratories and Kalmar Maritime Academy.
“We have followed the intentions of the detailed plan, the business plan and the city’s wishes. Subsequently, we have come up with our architectural interpretation. The special thing has been to design a tall university building in the middle of a narrow and empty city.” – Tells Linda Camara, Office Manager for Tengbom in Kalmar and head architect on the project.
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: Health and well-being, SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 8: Decent jobs and economic growth and SDG 17: Partnerships for goals.