The UCC University College is the most distinctive entrance to the new Carlsberg City district. It is flanked by the c.100-metre high Bohr’s Tower: a high-rise apartment building that Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects also designed.
The motor traffic, from the south to Carlsberg City, passes from Vigerslev Allé via the new bridge, over the railway line, and through ‘The Golden Gates’ between Bohr’s Tower and ‘The Hanging Gardens’. Every day, around 10,000 S-train passengers use the new Carlsberg Station, moving over Stationspladsen and Campuspladsen on their way to Carlsberg City.
UCC is a consolidated entity, made up of several buildings. It comes across as an urban hybrid of townhouses that open up to the neighbouring environments in a number of differentiated peripheral zones, where urban spaces and spaces within the buildings have a synergy effect on each other. The peripheral zones around UCC are all very different. For example, there are planted areas, plazas subdivided into intimate spaces, and seating that creates special spots for spending time when the weather is fine.
The transition between the existing, listed west façade of ‘The Hanging Gardens’ building and UCC is via ‘The Golden Gates’ – a generous, spacious passageway clad with perforated, gold anodised-aluminium sheets and fitted with well-organised lighting.
Common to the entire development are the outer – and sometimes also inner – façades made up of light façade elements with aluminium trapezoidal sheets, perforated in places. The façades feature a variety of colours and tones, resembling an overall complex character as ‘a city within the city’.
The heart of the building is the Piranesian atrium space in the ‘Warehouse’ that connects UCC’s horizontal and vertical movement lines. Here, the building’s textural concrete structure is revealed, forming a raw backdrop for life on campus.
Every day about 10,000 students and 1,000 teachers use the new Campus. The other part of the development includes 6,000m2 of shops, 3,000m2 of businesses, and 16,000m2 of housing, including 88 owner-occupied homes in Bohr’s Tower.
Most of the bicycle and car parking is in a 19,000m2, two-storey basement beneath the entire Building Section 8.
The overall development complies with the Danish Building Code’s 2015 requirements for low energy.
The Professionshøjskolen UCC project was the result of a process competition organised by Carlsberg City in 2011 for the Station area and Building Section 8. The competition was won by Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Christensen & Co Arkitekter, COBE, NORD Architects, and Effekt.