Client: CASA A/S
Status: Competition (2017) Project (2017)
Clasification: 1 prize
Location: Horsens, Denmark
Climate: Continental, Temperate
Materials: Brick, Glass, Metal
Environments: Urban, Railway
Scale: 35.000 ㎡ Large
Types: Education, University
VIA University College, Campus Horsens will unify a variety of education programs in a vibrant and active educational setting deeply rooted in the city.
Campus Horsens establishes itself as a city in the city with a continuation of the area’s building block structure and classical city motives such as narrow streets, parks and urban squares. At the same time, the campus connects with the city by establishing a path that connects the three new urban areas, Campus Square, Expo-pladsen and Innovation Square, which all lies as a natural extension of the city’s flow.
Expo-pladsen and Innovation Square form, at each end of the campus, a welcoming area and atmosphere. Expo-pladsen will be the main welcoming area, while Innovation Square will function as the daily arrival area for many students and employees. Innovation Square has space for outdoor activities and lies in direct connection with the campus workshop environment, while the Expo-pladsen has room for longer pauses, café environments as well as exhibition and performance activities. The central urban space, Campus Square, becomes the area’s vibrant and dynamic urban space with room for major events, gatherings and celebrations.
The connecting path, the Campus line, connects to the existing cycle and pedestrian network of the city. This connection brings the city into the campus and activates the new urban areas, such as Campus Square. In continuation of Expo-pladsen lies Campusstrædet, which with its densified character mixes green, recreational study and play areas with workshops and student café.
In between the urban spaces three buildings fit in, one for the VIA University College and the Innovation House, one for the SOSU and one for the Learnmark, VUC and HF. In the center, both buildings and the various education programs are gathered in the covered atrium, Campus LAB, which invites to cooperation between the various academic environments and thereby creating coherence and the basis for knowledge sharing.