Location2630 Taastrup, Denmark
ClientDanish Technological Institute
Text description provided by the architects. The Danish Meat Research Institute (DMRI) develops solutions for the international meat industry and provide consultancy both nationally and internationally.
The building cements our position as the world's largest and leading international centre of excellence in research and innovation in meat and meat products, and with the new facilities, our research and development can step up even more towards new technologies, new products and new markets, says CEO Søren Stjernqvist, Danish Technological Institute.
The DTI campus was originally designed by architect Vilhelm Wohlert in the 1970s. The complex is laid out in a spiral shape in a green landscaped setting, and the individual institutes are designed in a simple and austere architecture with red brick and exposed concrete lintels. The new building is based on the same simple design idiom, but with more modern twists such using pre-fabricated brick reliefs, and incorporating bay windows.
The 6,600 m² building houses about 120 DMRI employees, and includes a research abattoir complete with cooking and smoking, ultra-modern microbiological and chemical laboratories (including laboratory facilities for the study of the occurrence of pathogenic bacteria in meat production), integrated robotic workshops, as well as offices and meeting facilities.
A large atrium facilitates extrovert and open collaboration across the organization, and customers are already on arrival presented with the company’s activities, via glazed openings in the lobby, revealing workshops and office space.
In the future, food security becomes an even bigger issue. And it is vital that we in Denmark boost the development of new, healthy and tasty products, while we are constantly developing new efficient and sustainable production methods with new knowledge and new technology. With the planet's growing population and the view of the lack of true protein nutrition for example, it is important that the raw materials are used optimally. Our new high-tech facilities are well equipped to spearhead in this, says CEO Lars Hinrichsen, DMRI.
C.F. Møller Architects has designed the project with C.F. Møller Landscape and engineering firm Moe. The client is the Danish Technological Institute, and the construction was carried out by Enemærke & Petersen (originally started by Pihl).