Centre for Ice and Climate

Transformation of a preservation worthy building into a modern wet laboratory

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The Carlsberg Foundation's preservation worthy Biological Institute from 1932 houses the Centre for Ice and Climate, where drill cores from Greenland and Antarctica are now analysed in newly equipped wet laboratories.

  • Copenhagen, Denmark
    Transformations, Culture
    2018 - 2018
  • Client
    Copenhagen University
  • The laboratory building at Tagensvej 16 was, until the transformation in 2018, intended for cancer research. Today the building's newly renovated wet laboratories and offices functions as Niels Bohr Institute's section for the Physics of Ice, Climate and Earth.

    From a temporary to a permanent residence

    Originally, the plan for the transformation of the conservation-worthy building was to create a temporary research facility until a permanent move to the Niels Bohr Institute was possible. However, the transformation of the building into an ice laboratory, became such a great success that the Institute now and in the future belongs at Tagensvej 16 as part of the Nørre Campus.

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    The section for Ice, Climate and Earth study the ice caps and the climate by drilling and analysing ice cores from Arctic and Antarctica.
  • User involvement

    The important studies and analyses of ice cores, water stable isotopes, greenhouse gas, impurity concentrations, and ice properties requires specially adapted laboratories. Therefore, the layout is carefully planned based on clarification of the needs and workflows of the house's researchers, students, and the institute's management.

    Initial analysis and clarification of needs have been followed up by continuous dialogue throughout the entire project development, where technical and interior design requirements specifications have been clarified. This has provided an updated and adapted working environment with space for laboratories, ancillary functions, and office space.

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    The investigation of the physical properties of ice on all scales from the individual crystals to the entire ice sheet requires specially adapted laboratories.
  • Renovation and transformation of the Laboratory Building has been carried out as part of Dissing+Weitling's framework agreement for the University of Copenhagen.