Ejby Campus Winning Proposal / OKRA, CCO, ACT, and Smith Innovation

Courtesy of OKRA, CCO, ACT, and

OKRA, in collaboration with CCO, ACT, and Smith Innovation, recently won the competition for their Ejby Campus Business area proposal located in the Glostrup Commune near Copenhagen. Their sustainable and innovative development strategy focuses on the creation of a diverse program and the use of public space. With the opportunity to rethink the business areas of suburbia, the business area currently plays an important role in providing economically attractive workplaces in an accessible, open and green setting. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of OKRA, CCO, ACT, and Smith Innovation

The fact that Ejby erhvervspark has grown steadily since the 60′s –through many economic up- and downturns- is evidence that their current qualities are a strong foundation for healthy growth. Looking at the development plan the most apparent element is the strong green connection from North to South across the site. We strongly believe that Ejby erhvervspark’s greatest asset is its relation to open, green spaces. In fact this applies not only to Ejby erhvervspark but fundamentally to surburbia.

Courtesy of OKRA, CCO, ACT, and Smith Innovation

In addition the great green band across the site a dense network of roads and pathways is introduced to ensure intricate connectivity and provide opportunity to enjoy the area’s proposed recreational qualities. Our vision for the site is contained within the name “Ejby Campus” – which we feel captures the quality of a well-balanced relation between natural landscape and building. Inside the Campus we identify three different subareas. “Byporten”, “Parken” and “Ejbyen”.

masterplan

Again we derive these three subareas this from our reading of the existing site. From west to east we first find the narrow strip along Ringvejen is extremely well exposed to traffic while shielding the current erhvervspark with its tall, green wall of trees. Next, in the centre of the site, large structures are placed in open and green fields. Currently somewhat dull fields -granted- but with an obvious potential for growth – in terms of vegetation, in terms of use and in terms of business. Lastly, at the easternmost side, we have a much denser fabric of buildings ranging in from small to medium size businesses that provide an even wider range of services. Split by mis-kept stream of water and a strong invisible municipal line this area adjoins an almost identical area twice the size.

campus plan

By understanding Ejby Campus as an entity that is comprised of three significantly different areas means we can approach the whole site with a more robust and finely tuned strategy. Nurturing the existing differences ultimately means a more dynamic, varied and attractive business area in the future.

Architects: OKRA, ACT, CCO Architects, Smith Innovation
Location: Glostrup, Denmark
Client: Glostrup Municipality, Realdania
Project: Development Strategi, Urban design
Type: Invited competition
Size: 730,000 m2
Service: Development strategy, Landscape design and Public space design
Status: 1st Prize, Under development

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Ejby Campus Winning Proposal / OKRA, CCO, ACT, and Smith Innovation" 13 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 19 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=330383>