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Inside the new Maersk Building lab tower

Take a peek inside the Maersk Building next to the Panum building

The Maersk Building, the new laboratory tower at the Panum Institute, Faculty of Health and Medicine Sciences, is a foray into sustainable architecture. It combines state-of-the-art laboratories with green roofs, solar panels, moveable shutters and bike-friendly surroundings. The Danish-language university news site was given a guided tour of the work-in-progress.

The large auditorium. Photo: Anders Fjeldberg

“The ceiling and the floors will be made of oak,” says project head Lars Ole Nissen, pointing at the newly hardened concrete floor. Today he’s showing a group of visitors around the building.

Lars Ole Nissen. Photo: Anders Fjeldberg

The auditorium has room for 500 people.

Lars Ole Nissen explains that it will be fitted with an advanced sound system that optimizes clarity for both speakers and listeners. The sound system is a part of the donation from A.P. Møller Fonden, which has donated the building itself as well as DKK 125 million in inventory.

15th floor room for PhD students. Photo: Lasse Lundberg Andreasen

Lab with a view

“We’ll create new and dynamic research environments that can be changed to suit needs changing over time,” says Lene Juel Rasmussen, the Center’s managing director.

“We don’t know what demands will be made of the space in the future, so it’s important that we can change them as we go,” adds Lars Ole Nissen.

View over Nørrebro and Copenhagen’s lakes. Photo: Lasse Lundberg Andreasen

The visitors have reached the top floor and are using their phone’s to take pictures from the panorama windows. Copenhagen is five floors below, bathed in light.

A Copenhagen winter night from the tower’s roof. Photo: Lasse Lundberg Andreasen

If all goes to plan, the 42,000 square metres will be ready for use on 1 September 2016.

Photo: Anders Fjeldberg

Things are getting there…

Photo: Anders Fjeldberg

…bit by bit.

Photo: Anders Fjeldberg

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