An Energy-Efficient Tower And Park Rises

A new “science tower” research complex and urban park is set to transform the heart of Copenhagen, and C. F. Møller Architects, (working with SLA and Rambøll) has unanimously won an international competition of pre-qualified firms to design it.

The Panum building represents a planned expansion of the University of Copenhagen’s North Campus, with a tower for medical research expected to create a sculptural focal point for the campus while also making a significant visual impact on the city. This tower will rise sixteen storeys from a series of smaller buildings, which will contain auditoriums, classrooms, a canteen, a show lab, conference rooms and café, forming an extensive science plaza which will constitute the new social hub of the complex.

CF Moller Architects Panum complex

image via C.F. Moller

The project, when built, is also expected to be one of Denmark’s most energy-efficient laboratories, by utilizing waste energy recovered through the building’s ventilation system and recycling it “in the overall energy balance of the building” to an unprecedented degree (though details are a little fuzzy on this point).

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.