The conference centre is an extension of ‘Favrholm’, a monumental Danish farm that originates from the 14th century. The complex contains an auditorium, offices, restaurants, meeting rooms, sports- and fitness facilities and guest rooms for the biggest insulin producer worldwide, Novo Nordisk a/s. The purpose of the project was to design a new type of conference centre, more dynamic and interactive for both employees of the close by situated R&D and production facility and employees, guests and speakers worldwide. The restored 14th-century farm house, in which the main entrance is situated, played a crucial role in the history of the company: here for the first time in history insulin was extracted from the pancreas of cows. By realizing the extension partly underground, the view to the monumental farm was not harmed. For an optimal integration SeARCH worked closely together with the Danish Monument Service (KUAS) and bird protection organizations.
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