architecture firm ADEPT has designed ‘videnbyen cortex park’, an innovation and educational complex that connects students, researchers, and staff in a collaborative setting. located in the danish city of odense, the building seeks to recreate the feeling of a town, with four buildings organized around a central atrium that connects to exterior spaces.

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all images by adam mørk



the four individual ‘houses’ are conceived as separate volumes connected in several ways: the urban space floating into the building at the entrance level; the crisscrossing stairs spanning the triple-heightmatrium; and the common area at the top floor. the sports facilities on the uppermost level hover over the four heavy houses and, when darkness falls, light up to tell the story of an active environment for education, research, and movement. 

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a large skylight illuminates the atrium



ADEPT included a large opening to draw daylight down towards the common square. here, a number of social and administrative functions are located as center points in the primary meeting space of the building. meanwhile, crisscrossing circulation paths create an additional spatial layer. each of the individual houses have their own façade expression in graphic concrete, contrasting the lightness of the stairs. 

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criss-crossing stairs create an additional spatial layer

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the sports facilities create a vibrant community center

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an outdoor roof terrace provides views for guests

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unique concrete façades decorate the volumes

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each pattern is individual and adds an additional design element to the building

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the building is linked to outdoor public areas



project info:


lead architects: ADEPT + creo arkitekter
project location: odense, denmark
gross built area: 7,500 square meters








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