Ørestad College, Copenhagen, by 3XN architects



Ørestad College is a new educational building in Copenhagen, Denmark, designed by 3XN architects.


Here are the facts:


Ørestad College
Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark


The Ørestad College will be the first in Denmark to fulfil new educational visions regarding subjects, organisation and teaching systems.


Communication, interaction and synergy has been key issues. The project displays a visionary interpretation of openness and flexibility regarding team sizes, varying from the individual over groups to classes and assemblies, and reflects international tendencies aiming at achieving a more dynamic and life-like studying environment and introducing IT as a main tool. The intention is also to enforce the students’ abilities gradually to take responsibility for own learning, being able to work in teams as well as working individually.


The college is interconnected vertically and horizontally. Four boomerang shaped floor plans are rotated to create the powerful super structure which forms the overall frame of the building – simple and highly flexible. Four study zones occupy one floor plan each. Avoiding level changes makes the organisational flexibility as high as possible, and enables the different teaching and learning spaces tooverlap and interact with no distinct borders.


The rotation opens a part of each floor to the vertical tall central atrium and forms a zone that provides community and expresses the college’s ambition for interdisciplinary education.


Address: Ørestad Boulevard/Arne Jacobsens Allé, Copenhagen
Client: Copenhagen Municipality
Award: 1. prize in invited competition 2003
Completion: 2006
Size: 12.000 m2
Budget: DKK 200 mio. / € 27 mio / $ 32.5 mio
Architect: 3XNielsen Kim Herforth Nielsen, Bo Boje Larsen, Kim Christiansen
Engineer: Søren Jensen A/S
Adviser: Helle Mathiasen, cand. pæd. ph.d.
Acoustics: Frederik Wiuff
Photo: Adam Mørk


Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN

Architect MAA RIBA Kim Herforth Nielsen, founder of 3XN, is Principal Architect. Kim Herforth Nielsen holds full architectural responsibility for all 3XN products from original concept to turnkey building. Kim has been a main driving force in 3XN's 20 years of history, with projects like the Royal Danish Embassy in Berlin; the Architects' Building in Copenhagen, the Music Building in Amsterdam, Ørestad College and the upcoming Museum of Liverpool in his port folio. Kim is honoured with the Danish Knight's Cross and the Eckersberg Medaille. He is judge in the Danish Architectural Association's competitions, sat in the AR Emerging Architects Award 2006 jury and is a frequent lecturer at architects' schools, universities etc. world wide.



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  • matt


  • i like it

  • matt

    they have got really nice rendering but the realisation of the building is just not even half as good.

    I mean look at the facade treatment for example. what is so special about it?

  • Frederik

    Great building – I like it

  • 50cent


  • (((0)))

    u should’ve seen the other entries of the competition… we’re lucky… ;)

  • Maki

    it’s so GAY!

  • Dan

    so very boring but so want to be something…

  • mauOne

    love the interior spaces shown

  • mattia

    in italy we don’t have anything like this!! it’s super!!

  • jorgen

    totally revolutions the concept of teaching – goodbye to closed and dull classrooms, welcome to interaction. Thank you!

  • sillyns

    It’s so…..2003 – 2006

  • sabin basnet

    i want to read in this college and i want 98% scholarship to study bba.. i will be great thankful to your college if you provide this opportunity …

  • It’s just beautiful!!!

  • razan

    What is the style based on?

  • Mason

    IT is so awsome i love it

  • hereiskurnia

    Is it possible for school abroad to do comparation study to this school ?

  • dtavares

    This is a great open lounge area for students and teachers alike. The concept is good and based on sound principles of the way adolescents learn. However, I am guessing that this is not the science building/wing even though I caught a glimpse of a double helix. My students rarely sit in desks and are often outside doing research, but where do I put my laboratory equipment when I need them to work indoors? I need more flexibility in my classrooms. For instance gas, water and electricity should come up from the floor or down from the ceiling at the push of a button. Tables and chairs should collapse and disappear until needed. Individual and group long-term research projects should line the periphery of the room so that they can be tended to on an ongoing basis and should not have to comedown for other integrated classroom work. There should be space that morphs to provide flat surfaces to demonstrate techniques, to work on, and for presentations…a good start but there is so much more to think about… a teacher form NJ, USA