The University of Copenhagen’s new campus for the humanities, law and theology was built on a foundation of recycled concrete. The area around the buildings is larger than Copenhagen’s City Hall Square, and you will find contemporary art both indoors and out.
Brutalist architecture is no more at the South Campus of University of Copenhagen. Home to the Faculties of Humanities, Theology and Law respectively, Søndre Campus has undergone a major modernisation and expansion from its original low-rise 1970s look.
Those relics have been replaced by a trio of modernised, optimised architecture that is built on their recycled concrete foundations. Sand-coloured travertine stones and large windows are continuous features of the buildings. The two newest have fluted zinc-plated panels that are reflected in the glass walls, tables and ceilings inside, to poetically and symbolically echo tilted books.
Søndre Campus is the epitome of a colourful and dynamic study environment, with world-class learning facilities and the new COBE-designed Karen Blixens Place, an outdoor public square and student hangout twice the size of City Hall Square.
Celebrated artists have decorated both exterior and interior with video projections, installations and sculptures by the likes of Ingvar Cronhammar, Viera Collaro and Jørgen Haugen Sørensen. Inside, Kirstine Roepstorff’s site-specific work spreads over three floors as a large mural, a ball court, a sound piece and a spacious installation with visual sound mobile and sculptures.