Danfoss Universe extension by J. Mayer H.

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J Mayer H architects have completed an extension to the Danfoss Universe science park in Nordburg, Denmark.

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The extension consists of two new buildings: a Curiosity Center (top two images) and a cafe (below, foreground).

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Below are an explanation, credits and data from the architects:

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The new buildings rise up from the ground and provide spaces which articulate the fusion of outdoor landscape and indoor exhibition. This active ground modulates according to program and location in the park.

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The endpoints of the buildings blur the line between building and park by offering inside-out spaces as display areas and projection surfaces related to the temporary exhibitions inside.

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Silhouettes, as groups of land formations, define the unique newly programmed horizon line of Danfoss Universe.

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Danfoss Universe is a science park in Denmark, embedded in the agricultural landscape of Nordborg next to the founder’s home and the Danfoss HQ.

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It opened in May 2005 and is already enlarging due to its considerable success. The masterplan for Danfoss Universe Phase 2 includes an exhibition building (Curiosity.Center) and a restaurant (Food.Factory) which extends the summer based outdoor park into the winter months by enclosing spaces for exhibitions and scientific experiments.

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Credits and Data

Name of the project: Danfoss Universe

Location: Nordborg, Denmark
Client: Danfoss Universe, Nordborg, Denmark
J. MAYER H. Architects
Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Marcus Blum, Thorsten Blatter, Andre Santer, Alessandra Raponi

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Architect on Site: Hallen & Nordby
Technical consultants: Carl Bro

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Function: Extension of Danfoss Universe Science Park,
Additional buildings: Curiosity Center and Cafeteria

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Building area: Cafeteria. 500 qm, Curiosity Center: 1200 qm
Number of floors: Cafeteria: 1, Curiosity Center: 2

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Size of the buildings (Length/Heights/Width): Cafeteria 46/10/11m, Curiosity Center 72/17,5/16m
Structure: Steel construciton covered with corrugated sheetmatel
Principal Exterior: Alucobond, colours: Champagne metallic and bronze metallic
Principal interior material: Dry Walls, Curiosity Center: Ceiling: black painted corrugated sheetmatel, Cafeteria: Ceiling: Silver painted corrugated sheetmatel
Roof: Corrugated sheetmatel coverd with tar-bitumen roof sheeting
Exhibition: „Bitland“, Science Exhibition for kids

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Designing period: 2005-2006
Construction period: 2006-2007
Completion: May 2007
Photographer: J. MAYER H.
Cost: 3 Mio Euro

Model: Werk5, Berlin

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  • Zender

    This is wako! I dig it :)

  • gaque

    is there not a building in china that is very similar, only red?

  • traum

    this is very temporal architecture. it will soon pass away and be outfashioned

  • Mattia Nuzzo

    The facades with larger spans of glass seem to be much more successful. I love what looks to be the cafe in the third picture. As a stand-alone project it would have been phenomenal.

  • Schinkel

    I like the forms, but I can´t understand how the building was actually built.

  • stan

    This is one of the most stupid designs I have seen, it looks like a 2nd month student of architecture has learned to use autocad and has made the first extrusion of a silly shape in his life…..otherwise it is quite funny how architecs are sometimes quite helpless and desparate in the search of “THE ORIGINAL”

  • chapmaniac

    This building would be a dream for skateboarders

  • Luis

    Just when I thought the worst had been built, here we have one of the most disgusting buildings I have ever seen in my life. What a ridiculous architectural(?) gesture. I can easily place this one in my top 10 of worst projects ever built.

  • george

    REVISION CLOUDS!

  • http://www.allanavery.com Allan

    Way out there, but very creative. Excellent.

  • http://www.danielfagerberg.se Daniel

    This is an excelent piece of work. Where are the gutters? where are the flahings?! YOU CANT SEE THEM!!!! this is truly fantastic. it is wonderful… i am just so excited, i have to go for a coffe break and ponder over the magnificence!!! what an extraordinary attention to detail, the simplicity and the excitement of an ‘extrusion’ with the concavities. Very well done indeed. This is truly the first building i have ever seen that actually looks like the renderings, with the sharpness of the maquette still intact in reality. phuu… how will I be able to go back to work after this ? :)

  • Jeremy

    i will make it a point to ride my bicycle on that thing.

  • samaneh eshraghi

    thats creative building .excellent.

  • http://fiah.com Dildo

    Hello Nice Place

  • BRIAN MAGED (CURFUE)

    EXCELLENT DESIGN. BEST I’VE SEEN AROUND THE WORLD FOR TOMORROWIST FEELING. DENMARK IS A LEADER IN FUTURIST INNOVATION. CONGRATULATIONS. YOUR DESIGN IS VERY PLEASING AND REFRESHING. LIKE TO SEE MORE. I AM A MONTREAL DESIGNER WITH A PASION FOR THINGS AHEAD OF THEIR TIME.

  • r.

    YES INDEED!

  • http://www.tropstudio.com pocco

    I am so jealous, that he created this before me, he he………….

  • lukaproject

    It’s time for development.