2. May 2018

Together with Hoffmann A/S and Holmsgaard A/S Rådgivende Ingeniører, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects has won the competition for the expansion of the Forest and Landscape College at Nødebo in North Zealand.

The Forest and Landscape College in Nødebo has an ever-increasing need to offer students accommodation at the college itself. It was for this reason that the University of Copenhagen decided to construct a new accommodation wing on Building Plot 6.

The building plot is located in the northwest corner of the Forest and Landscape College, directly adjacent to the forest of Gribskov: an extremely scenic setting. The building will be the College’s last building before the edge of the forest.

The original College was designed by Gerdt Bornebusch and is located in an area of great natural beauty. Therefore, we aim to further develop the original ideas behind the Forest and Landscape College, while at the same time designing a building that represents the age we live in with respect and renewal.

The 2-storey building will have timber load-bearing structures and cladding, exploiting its unique location in the forest and referring to the existing development.

In order to preserve the sensation of living directly on the edge of a forest, we intend to preserve as many as possible of the old pine trees adjacent to the building. The main entrance will face southeast: a large double-height space, connecting the ground floor with the 1st floor via a sturdy, wide main staircase. The building’s common room, including a kitchen and dining area, will face south. The room will provide access to a terrace and a view of a communal, south-facing forest glade.

The bedrooms will be accompanied by a series of spaces for leisure. Rooms on the first floor have high-beamed ceilings and loft sleeping spaces.

The project will be realised on a turnkey contract basis for the Danish Building and Property Agency (client) and the University of Copenhagen/Forest and Landscape College (leaseholder and user).

Work on the project is expected to begin within the next couple of months.

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