From a bird’s eye view, it looks like a meandering path through a leafy city park. But get a bit closer, and you realise it’s actually a building – one of the most ambitious, spectacular and sustainable buildings Scandinavia has ever produced.
BaseCamp Lyngby is a 415,000 square-foot student accommodation block in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s a winding, undulating structure with an 800-metre running and walking track, grass, plants and trees covering the entirety of its roof.
Made of glass and facades in three different shades of oak, the building itself contains a total of 786 apartments, 639 of them for students, 48 for retired residents. Completed to serve Copenhagen’s Lyngby University of Technology, the project took just two and a half years.
The structure is made out of trapezoidal modules stacked to different heights, allowing for the sloping walkway on its roof.
But it’s not just impressive to look at it – it’s also been designed to put cost-effectiveness and sustainability at the forefront.
The building’s ventilated curtain wall was insulated with rock wool and clad with slabs made of pressed volcanic basalt rock from Rockpanel, while its green roof is covered in solar panels to generate electricity. Any rain that falls on the structure is disposed of via evaporation, reducing the ambient temperature and strain on the sewer system.
It required more than 4,000 IGUs, which had to conform to the irregular shape of the building – and that, combined with the need for outstanding thermal performance, made Super Spacer® T-Spacer™ Premium Plus the obvious choice.
Danish IGU manufacturer Glaseksperten, who were contracted to work on the project, operate a fully-automated, state-of-the-art Super Spacer line.
“Super Spacer is of key importance to Glaseksperten in supplying quality products which also ensure we are a leading company in economical and ecological terms”, comments Sales Manager Jesper Hønning. “The fully automated continuous application of spacer from the reel saves time and money, while guaranteeing top-class product quality.”
Chris Alderson, Edgetech Managing Director, comments: “We’re absolutely delighted to see Edgetech products used in such a stunning building.
“Scandinavia is a global pioneer in sustainable construction, and a major growth market for warm-edge technology.
“We’re confident that Super Spacer® T-Spacer™ Premium Plus will offer the building’s residents outstanding performance for many decades to come.”