Niels Bohr Building

A unifying Troposphere

Connected by a skywalk across Jagtvej, one of Copenhagen’s main roadways, the Niels Bohr Building is an iconic home for the Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen. Here experts from the worlds of physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science will come together in a transparent research community. The building’s glass façade consists of custom-made ‘pixels’, designed according to a geometry pattern that make the building come alive as it interacts with the light during the day. The heart of the building is the Troposphere, an open atrium shaped as an infinity symbol, where researchers and students can meet in a vibrant and engaging environment, created for innovative, interdisciplinary collaboration. A wealth of social zones for informal meetings further strengthens the focus on collaboration. The departments are organised in towers around the Troposphere, which naturally divide the building’s formidable programme into smaller scale units. The design of each tower is unique, using different materials and colours for coffee spots and kitchenettes to create a sense of identity and support way finding.

“The winning project completes – in a persuasive way- the two buildings that are crossing Jagtvej – also the bid on the problem with crossing the road, is a very interesting suggestion. The proposal uses the building’s areas with a rational and flexible structure with beautiful long connected balconies and green atriums. While the requests for a space for informal meetings, interactions and interdisciplinary collaborations are fulfilled, there are also created opportunities for enclosed academic identity and immersion” – Tells the jury of 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: Good Health and well-being, SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure, SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.

ClientThe Danish Building and Property Agency
Area55.000 m²
LocationCopenhagen, DK
CollaboratorsVilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Rambøll, GHB Landscape Architects
ImagesCoast Studio
UsersUniversity of Copenhagen, Niels Bohr Institute, Department of Chemistry, Department of Science Education