Dissing+Weitling's framework agreement on technical advice for the University of Copenhagen includes renovation and redevelopment of the university's oldest building stock. The work requires specialised knowledge about preserving architectural gems such as the Victoria Greenhouse in the Botanical Gardens.
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- 2014 - 2017
- University of Copenhagen
- 200,000 m²
Dissing+Weitling's framework agreement with the University of Copenhagen covers about 200,000 m² of the university's facilities, including the Municipal Hospital, Sølvtorvskomplekset (Silver Square Complex), the Geological Museum, the Botanical Garden, the Student House, the main building in Fiolstræde and more. All the buildings ooze history and are constantly undergoing upgrades and changes to match new user needs.
The framework agreement comprises very diverse tasks – from designing a new main arrival space at the Municipal Hospital, to replacing the slate surface on the roof of Sølvtorvskomplekset, to acoustic regulation of the facade construction in the Student House, new windows in the main building on Fiolstræde and levelling floors in the Museum House in Krystalgade.
Preservation of the Victoria Greenhouse
In the north-western part of the Botanical Garden, we are responsible for preservation of the iconic greenhouses, which will have to be moved or demolished in connection with the building of the new Natural History Museum of Denmark. Our renovation experts are working to secure the restoration of the iconic greenhouses and to ensure the cultural heritage is properly managed – all building parts are registered, dismantled and rebuilt so that the listed Victoria Greenhouse can again have a place in the garden.
The greenhouse was erected at the same time as the Palm House in 1874, and at that time it was an aquarium greenhouse intended for tropical Victoria lilies. When the 75 m² greenhouse has been rebuilt, it will again have this function.