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Ørestad College


The Ørestad College commissioned by the city of Copenhagen is the result of a restricted-entry ideas competition won by architecture practice 3XN in 2003. The architecture mirrors Denmark’s new approach to higher education facilities, the areas of free flowing circulation and aggregation matching the organisational flexibility of the educational system. The building’s structure is clearly visible behind transparent glazed elevations that also reveal the interior layout. The horizontal floor bands are intermittently broken, marking double or triple interior volumes that lend movement to the whole building. On the exterior, vertical blades in semi-transparent coloured glass act as brise-soleil and project beams of changing coloured light onto the inside. On the interior, the key node is the intersection of floors and a large central staircase spiralling upward to a roof terrace. On...

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