ADEPT

Cortex Park

- Odense - Denmark

Cortex Park brings together four educational and innovation programs under one roof – connecting students, researchers and staff with shared sports facilities and urban character.

The result is a building designed for the challenge of both mind and body – and to establish a close relation between the building and its surroundings. Placing the sports facilities as a ‘roof’, spanning between the four houses, we create a both physical and mental experience of sharing, as well as a new hybrid between knowledge and movement.

The four individual houses are separate volumes but connected in several ways: the urban space floating into the building at the entrance level, the crisscrossing stairs spanning the triple-height space atrium and the common area at the top floor. The sports facilities at the top floor hovers over the four heavy houses and endows the building with a literally enlightening identity. When darkness falls, it lit up to tell the story of an active environment for education, research and movement – around the clock.

A large skylight draws daylight down on the common square where a number of social and administrative functions are located as center points in the central meeting space of the building. Standing on the square looking up, the crisscrossing stairs experienced as an additional spatial layer in building.

Each of the individual houses in the building have their own facade expression in graphic concrete, contrasting the lightness of the stairs.

Data:

Project name: Cortex Park

Architect’ Firm: ADEPT, Creo Arkitekter

Website: adept.dk

Completion Year: 2015

Gross Built Area: 7.500 m2

Project location: Odense DK

Photo credits: Adam Mørk

Collaborators: Rambøll Engineers, Schul Landskab

Brands / Products

Concrete: GC Collection by Graphic Concrete

Ceiling: Hunter Douglas /Mogens Rasmussen

Facade sports hall: Linit-glass

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