The already iconic Maersk Tower, located in Copenhagen Science City, has won a prestigious architecture prize at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. At the same time, the surrounding Campus Park including the green roofs of the tower, won the landscape architecture prize the Scandinavian Green Roof Award.
An innovative and sustainable tower
The Maersk Tower is an intelligent way of expanding a campus, which, in addition to adding extra functional and beautiful square metres, has also given the faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen and the local area a beautifully landscaped space in front of the tower. This was the jury’s reasoning for selecting the Maersk Tower as the best project in the category ‘Higher Education & Research’ at the World Architecture Festival recently held in Berlin.
In addition to having already become a notable landmark, the Maersk Tower can also prize itself with being the most energy-efficient laboratory building in the country; the energy strategy includes reuse of energy from the ventilation system and heating of secondary rooms using surplus heat from primary facilities.
The Maersk Tower is designed by the Danish architecture company C. F. Møller and expands the faculty of Medical and Health Sciences with state-of-the-art research facilities and inviting common areas.
At the base of the Maersk Tower the landscape architects SLA have created a beautiful, green campus park that opens the faculty towards the local area. For their impressive and innovative work SLA and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences has received the Scandinavian Green Roof Award 2017.
The jury from the Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association focussed on the park’s climate-friendly design, which means that the densely built-up urban area has been endowed with a green space, able to accommodate large amounts of rain water from heavy showers. The Campus Park also contains, a long, beautiful path zigzagging through the green area and above the lowest buildings of the tower. The lower buildings of the tower also have green roofs.