C.F. Møller Architects and C.F. Møller Landscape, working with Transform and Moe, have won the contest to design the new urban campus for Copenhagen Business School, CBS. The project aims to create the world's best city-integrated campus.
CBS is Denmark's principal business university. At a key location in the Frederiksberg district, above both the old and new metro lines, the university will continue in the future to attract a growing number of students in Denmark.
The master plan is intended to give CBS' surroundings and the Frederiksberg district of Copenhagen yet another facelift. The project creates a new and attractive campus, comprising teaching facilities, green areas, and interesting and inspiring urban spaces.
The new master plan creates four different new urban spaces, ranging from the classical plaza around the metro stations to an informal, recreational park at the centre of the campus. Blue and green elements are included as parts of the climate adaptation strategy. These can potentially become recreational focal points and meeting places as well as elements that forge urban identity.
"One of the visions for the new CBS is that, in terms of size and influence, the university should become a symbol for how Denmark and the Western world wishes to develop in the future. The university campus must be intelligent, compact, creative, heterogeneous, individual and have strong cohesion with the city and urban society”, explains Julian Weyer, partner in C.F. Møller.
C.F. Møller's master plan applies the DGNB (Green Building Council Denmark) criteria and therefore meets CBS' expectations regarding sustainability. DGNB's financial and environmental criteria are applied, for example, the project uses recreational rainwater processing methods. The project also accommodates the social criteria, explains Julian Weyer, who emphasises that the new CBS campus is for the use not only of students and university employees.
"We have defined clear meeting places at every location where there is an interface with surrounding areas of the city. We have also merged traffic-related and green elements. The master plan will therefore naturally become integrated into its context and attract a wide variety of user groups.”