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Alsion

University of Southern Denmark Architect: 3XN Location: Sønderborg, Denmark Completion: 2007 GFA: 28,500 m2 Photography: Adam Mørk

On the former railway yard, right by the Als Sund in Sønderborg, lies the unusual combination of functions that form Alsion, a centre for research and culture in southern Denmark. Alsion consists of the University of Southern Denmark, the private research park, Forskerpark Syd, a concert hall and even a DSB ticket office. A unique combination of culture, education and private research companies is to be united in a building complex at a beautifully situated area right by Als Sund in Sønderborg, southern Denmark. The aim of the project is to establish a much more frequent collaboration and knowledge sharing between the public educational sector and the private research sector for bilateral benefice. In non-working hours, the building complex should be offering a broad variety of cultural events using the auditoria, libraries and meeting rooms, etc. in the building. The cultural offers, however, will be centred on a new concert hall – the new home of Sønderborg Symphonics.

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The entire ground floor is open to everyone, and here you’ll find all common facilities like meeting rooms, libraries and auditoria, etc. The security is established as a horizontal division – the ascent to the higher levels require key cards. In this way, it has also been possible to open the building in the evenings, and to integrate the concert hall as part of the total building concept.

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The building complex has been broken down into an appropriate scale in accordance with the idyllic surroundings. Building volumes with short gable ends alternate with atria buildings, in order to provide sufficient transparency and daylight. An important issue has been to establish a lot of casual meeting points, so that students and scientists will get together and exchange knowledge and become personally acquainted.

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1. University 2. Concert 3. Research park 4. Parking 5. Railway

1. Alsion, centre for research and culture in southern Denmark 2. Public boardwalk between Alsion and Als sund 3. View from southwest

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Awards: Prime Property Awards: Second Prize for Sustainable Real Estate Investment, 2008 RIBA European Award, 2007

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