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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Nordic Architecture Denmark

The new DTU 324 building, part of the Technical University Denmark in Lyngby. Photos: Adam Mørk

Revolutionising educational spheres with green solutions Christensen & Co Architects has proved that interesting architecture and care for the environment go hand in hand. With green solutions at the core of each project, the firm sought to revolutionise the way educational institutions work with Matrix-like structures. By Helene Toftner

Christensen & Co Architects was established in 2006, and has in a just few years marked itself as a pioneer within innovative educational buildings with integrated

sustainable solutions. Its portfolio shows a list of remarkable projects, all illustrating that exceptional architecture can also be good for the environment. “The key is to find solutions that work at all architectural levels, including appearance and functionality, while integrating sustainable solutions as a natural part of the process,” says founder and director Michael Christensen. Innovating educational spheres

Christensen & Co. Photo: Michael Falgren

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Christensen himself looked back at a long career with one of Denmark’s most reputable architecture firms, before estab-

lishing his own, where he drew on his extensive experience of science and educational projects in particular. “It was natural to continue along those lines, and after winning a couple of competitions early on where sustainable solutions were integrated, the foundation of the firm was laid,” he recalls. Since then, the firm has led several ground-breaking projects within the educational sector in particular, with the recent opening of Navitas in Aarhus being hailed as an example to be followed. Behind Denmark’s first CO2-neutral public building The major project determining the outset of the firm was the Green Lighthouse project. Being Denmark’s first CO2-neutral public building, and home to the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen, its architectural design resulted in a 70

Profile for Scan Group

Scan Magazine | Issue 69 | October 2014  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.

Scan Magazine | Issue 69 | October 2014  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.