Danish 90210

So like the Danish have like this totally cool new school. OMG, I’m so jealous! It’s like all built around this super sweet open area that can be seen from almost every floor. The floors are like these stacked up boomerang thingys. It’s sooo cool, it’s like a big mall. Oh and they have these super sweet orange pillows for people to just chill on or myspace till your fingers bleed or totally spy on Stephanie. I know she is totally a liar. Anyways, from what I heard, like right outside Copenhagen, there is like this ton of young people like my age (16-19) and so they had to build this massive school. It’s out there in the burbs in an area they call Ørestad or whatever. Anyways again, they call it “Ørestad College”, can you believe that? That means their hoodies say “OC” on them, OMG! I am so jealous. Laters…

Architect: 3xn

The demographic development in greater Copenhagen has resulted in a remarkable growth of the 16 – 19 year group, with Copenhagen needing 50% more study places, and this led to a decision to build a new college in Ørestad City; the new city centre for the entire Ørestad.

Ørestad College offers fields of study within science, social science and human science. The purpose of the college is to realize the latest reform’s (2005) aims to strengthen and renew the students’ professional capabilities, to prepare the students better for university and to enhance the science aspect. This college has chosen a profile of media, communication and culture, and with wireless internet all over the school and with laptops for all students – hence the knick-name the Virtual College.

Four boomerang shaped storey decks rotate in relation to each other like the shutter of a camera. They form the superstructure; the overall framework of the college, and provide space for the college’s four study zones. Each zone is on one level, providing organisational flexibility, with the option of micro adjustment to create different spaces, learning environments and group sizes. The rotation of the storey decks projects a part of each deck into the high central hall. This part is the so called X-zone; a spatial expression of the colleges’ ambition to promote interdisciplinary expertise between study zones with physical and visual links.

The storey decks are open towards a central core, where a broad main staircase winds its way upwards to the roof terrace. The main staircase is the heart of college educational and social life; the primary connection up an down, but also a place to stay, watch and be seen. Three ‘mega columns’ form the primary load bearing system, supplemented by a number of smaller columns positioned according to structural requirement, not as part of a regular grid. As a result, each floor has few permanent elements and can be laid out and rearranged almost completely at will.



  • Jessie says:

    omg! I wanna go there, like for real.

    • Clarify says:

      This design is like soo last year.

      Seriously though, it’s nothing special. The exterior is a little generic and the interior space does look like a mall. Add a Starbucks mixed with all those teenagers and it is a mall.

      like totally….

  • rayelle says:

    seriously this makes my college took like a shabby cardboard box…

  • Freshome says:

    This is not the future, you can become very lazy and sleepy in an environment like this.

  • Leo F. Swiontek says:

    Oh! it’s really superb.It’s so spacious so free.One would definetly luv to study here.The interior is very attractive.The pillows especially. The school is somewhat looking like a mall.Students would luv to study here.

  • enoo says:

    Hm, the oustide isn’t really great, I do prefer the inside. But … how many steps on that stair? I’m sure I would not like to have to climb that stair more than once a day.
    Also, I can’t help but imagine this place beeing rather cold in winter. I studied in a university with an open space (much smaller than here – and so with a smaller stair :p) and it was always rather cold in winter, even when it wasn’t freezing outside.

  • jamei says:

    This looks great, and in Denmark i’m sure it will work out fine. In the U.S. however, all those separate chill spaces are just screaming to be taken over by various cliques who shun anyone else who dares to invade their space.

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