Danish firm Arkitema Architects, in collaboration with Arkitektgruppen Cubus, has won the competition to design a new Life Science building—called EnTek—at the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway. As an Energy and Technology building, the project is designed to ensure collaboration between UiB’s faculty and the energy and technology industry.
The 17,500-square-meter building will become a southern gateway to the university, connecting the school to the city via a new street that will also become a central meeting point for both researchers and citizens.
Inside the building, a new public space called “Science City” will be created, where professionals can develop community and bring new thoughts to fruition. The architects claim that “the vision of Science City Bergen is to support even more research and development between companies and faculties, with the ambition to become an international portal for innovation within energy, climate, and technology.”
With our proposal for the EnTek building, we have created a new and dynamic research and study environment, with high aesthetic qualities and thought through functionality, said Arkitema Architects senior partner Per Fischer. Hopefully this will underline UiB’s position in Bergen. EnTek is situated right next to the oldest building on campus, the Meteorological Institute, so the building will mark a new and modern arrival to the university, but at the same time, symbolically linking future and past.
The EnTek building is scheduled to open in 2019.
Learn more about the project here.
News via Arkitema Architects.