With the state of higher education being what it is these days - enormous loans and graduating in bad economy, vague degrees and their questionable necessity, peer pressure to fit in with your generation - oh my god, forget I said anything, this is a building made of cubes. The Tietgen Student Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark is a circular platform for fun, frolics and intelligent living, set to inspire the youths of today to study, socialize and spy on the girl across the circle.
The dormitory was designed by firm Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter and contains 360 rooms over seven storeys. The building is designed as such to make the residents feel as if they are living communally, and are all equal. You hear that? All the students in this one dorm at the university are equal.
"In the inner courtyard of the residence hall, you see the main common areas, the kitchens and the common rooms, that contrary to nature seem to be hanging freely in the air, with a depth of up to eight meters (26 ft).
On the outside, the front of the residence hall is clad with the cobber-based alloy tombak and oak. The indoor areas are characterised by the smooth, unpainted concrete walls clad with birch ply and floors of magnesite."
"The principle inspiration for the project is the meeting of the collective and the individual, a characteristic inherent to the dormitory building type.
The simple circular form of the Tietgen Dormitory is an urban response to the context, providing a bold architectural statement in the newly planned area. The building's circular form - symbol of equality and the communal - is contrasted by projecting volumes expressing the individual residences."
"The upper levels are organized with 360 residence units along the perimeter and the communal functions are oriented toward the inner courtyard. Facilities common to the entire dormitory are grouped at ground level.
The total 360 rooms are all facing the outer side of the round structure. Common to them all is also the basic shape that can be clearly seen from the layout: as slices of a pie, the rooms are widest at the outer end."
"The apartments are set at differing depths in an alternating rhythm, which expresses the individual's unique identity through its form and gives the exterior form of the building it's characteristic, crystalline expression and neutralises the possibly monumental shape of the cylindrical space."
"The apartment groups' communal spaces are formed correspondingly. They stand out as dramatically protruding building masses that face the middle of the courtyard - the centre-point of the entire form."
"The dormitory's facade of copper alloy panels is complemented by a glass partition and sliding screen profile system of oiled american oak. The building's interior is characterized by an exposed concrete structure and plywood clad partitions. Poured magnesia flooring and acoustic ceilings of expanded metal are used throughout the dormitory."
"For each housing group, there is also an extra room that the residents after moving in decided to name the common rooms. Even though the 30 common rooms are linked to a residence group, the rooms are open for all residents and thus they invite the residents to move around in other places than their own kitchen. As each room has its own theme and function, it also provides the opportunity for access to a more varied selection of facilities."
Tietgen Dorms have won Lundgaard & Tranberg many awards including the Award from the Improvement Society of Copenhagen, The Wood Award, the Award from the City of Copenhagen, The Concrete Element Award and more.
And if you're interested in architecture, why not check out our interview with creative director Eran Chen of New York's ODA.