VIA University College Campus Horsens / CF Møller
Text description provided by the architects. VIA University College Campus Horsens is an open and unifying shared learning and knowledge environment that is directly integrated into the city and landscape, creating connections and relationships between students, staff, businesses and citizens of the city . The building is part of Campus Horsens, also designed by CF Møller Architects, and is centrally located next to Horsens train station. Overall, VIA University College Campus Horsens unites education, business, city life and art in a way that fosters synergies and cohesion.
The building complex consists of a bright and slender 16-story tower and three atrium buildings, all connected by a central indoor common atrium space, which brings together all educational studies and serves as a new space accessible to the public. for the citizens of the city.
The tower, called Innovation House, houses VIA University College on the lower eight floors, while the upper eight floors are occupied by Construction Center Denmark, an innovation environment that brings together start-ups and established companies. This dual profession offers exchange opportunities between students and companies. At 68 meters high, the Maison de l’Innovation is the tallest building in Horsens. The exterior geometry and material composition of the buildings are carefully matched to the location and the city, establishing new outdoor urban spaces that integrate VIA University College with nearby urban life.
VIA University College Horsens is built with a strong focus on creating open and inspiring learning environments and academic hubs that create synergies and cross-disciplinary relationships between students, businesses and citizens. Each building in the atrium represents its own professions and programs of study. There are niches, atrium stairways and hotspots as well as balconies for living and learning, combined with open spaces and group centers where teachers and students contribute to the use and activities of space.
Study programs are grouped around academic hubs and shared environments such as the library, auditorium, and a publicly accessible canteen and cafe. The lower levels are designed to support activity-based learning and knowledge sharing and the upper levels provide spaces for quiet and contemplation. The interior of the building appears soft and rounded to support a dynamic and friendly environment, with unique visual connections through the atrium buildings and to the city, as well as to the public.
The building is characterized by a simple design strategy, using a selection of tactile materials such as brick in red and gold shades, warm oak, textiles in a few selected warm colors and striking bright and dynamic cutouts in the atriums with skylights that unite the interiors of the buildings in a landscape that is both luminous and vibrant. In general, the interior is created with soft corners and a touch of organic life, which contrasts with the more sharply cut exterior of the buildings. The balustrades and other key elements of the interior, also designed by CF Møller Architects, are made of durable materials with a long lifespan.
The art integrated directly into the building was created by renowned French artist Daniel Buren in collaboration with CF Møller Architects. The art creates unique experiences for students, businesses, and citizens of the city while allowing users to easily navigate the building. The integrated art can be seen, for example, in the form of a large work in connection with the House of Innovation, the auditorium and in the glass ceiling of the atrium, where the colored glass creates a work that unites students, space and light.
The buildings were constructed and designed as compact buildings with a focus on sustainability in terms of energy optimisation, minimization of construction materials, low running costs and a good indoor climate with light conditions of the day in which students and teachers feel comfortable. The compact building design with all functions under one roof results in short distances between educational programs, shorter service routes and a smaller facade area, reducing the need for heating and cooling. There are few load-bearing walls and integrated diffuse ventilation, which makes the buildings flexible and robust for future adaptations.
The Horsens campus is a landmark for the new development of the city and the future direction towards knowledge sharing and innovation.