An open and digital learning environment

Haderslev, Denmark
8,600 m2
Winning proposal in project competition in 2010
Completed in 2013
Zeni Arkitekter
German Design Award
Iconic Award
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VUC Syd’s education centre is located at Haderslev Harbour and houses a flexible and digital learning environment.

Opens 360˚ towards the city

Inspired by its unique location on Haderslev’s waterfront, the new education centre has been designed as an atrium that opens 360˚ towards the city and harbour. The terraces are one example of how this is achieved. In a flowing movement that begins at the ground level and ends on the building’s top floor, the terraces snake around the building, bringing together the inside and outside in a single concept.

VUC Syd Haderslev AART

Combining IT and learning

The new education centre for VUC Syd not only adds a striking new feature to the Haderslev waterfront. It also houses a flexible and digital learning environment by combining expert knowledge with modern IT and innovative learning methods. Each course participant is given their own iPad or MacBook, and no less than 165 digital screens have been integrated into the rooms and serve as a natural part of the learning environment. Additionally, the education centre is not comprised of traditional classrooms, but has instead been designed to be an open learning environment revolving around the atrium and the staggered staircase in the heart of the building.

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German Design Award

Praised as one of the most innovative education centres in the world


Iconic Award

Praised as a visionary and architectural significant education centre

Challenging the traditional conception of a college

With a view to creating a well-arranged learning environment, the floors have been divided according to subject areas. The first floor is devoted to the science subjects, second to the cultural subjects and third to the language subjects. The education centre thusly challenges the traditional conception of fixed classrooms in favour of a more flexible overall concept. Based on VUC Syd’s GODS principles (in English: Group zones - Presentation rooms - Dialogue boxes - Quiet zones), an unconventional and far more vibrant learning environment has been created, providing the opportunity for more differentiated learning.

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Includes a ground floor fully open to the public

The contact with the city and harbour promenade has been a key consideration in the design of the education centre. For example, this is evidenced by the public ground floor, which draws the public urban space into the building and contains a culture café and lecture hall that provides space for large/joint events.

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Want to know more?

Anders Tyrrestrup
Founding Partner / CINO / Architect MAA / NORDMAK
Aarhus, Stockholm
+45 25 32 32 78