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Henning Larsen Architects’ designed Campus Kolding of SDU Southern University Denmark, is the ALU award winner of 2015 - an Aluminium project promising to take the industry to new heights.
Winner of the Danish Aluminium Prize for its aluminium facade, the campus building is defined by a characteristic and innovative architecture in which form, function, sustainability, energy and indoor climate form a synthesis. In this context the façade takes on a crucial role,” justifies professor Per Heiselberg, Jury President, to the awards ceremony.
The solar shading system consists of approx. 1,600 triangular shutters of perforated steel mounted on the facade in a way that allows them to adjust to the changing intensity of daylight and desired inflow of light. When the shutters are closed, they lie flat along the facade. They protrude from the façade, when open as desired; and when entirely open, they provide the building with a very expressive appearance. The solar shading system is fitted with sensors that continuously measure light and heat levels and regulate the shutters mechanically by means of a small motor. The dynamic operations of the façade are a key reason for winning.
“The facade is dynamic and adjusts itself to the climate conditions and usage patterns to ensure optimum daylight conditions. It maintains comfortable indoor climate in the rooms along the façade, while highlighting the building's sustainability profile. The perforation provides both an exciting sparkle in the façade, when seen from the outside and inside. Illuminated from within, the facade appears more transparent in the evening, which makes it possible to sense the activity inside. The facade thus contributes to a "dialogue" between the building's inner life and the viewer outside," says Per Heiselberg.