The new extension has more than twice as much space in a building that retains DTU Skylab's pioneering spirit.
Lightscapes created the building's lighting and two light works: A lighting design that must support both a dynamic environment, where work takes place at all times of the day, and which must pique curiosity and inspire creativity.
In the large project hall with adjoining workshops, there is space for prototypes on very large scale. This is where the projects mature, and there is activity around the clock. Ligthscapes used a concept from the film"Dogville”. A lighting rig with technical spots and theater profiles casts a strong but warm light into smaller zones and creates a human scale within the large space.
The café is centrally located at the main entrance. A light hose pops out of the back wall next to ventilation pipes and cables, casting an attractive light on faces, colors and materials it tosses carelessly around the room, breaking down scale.
Skylab’s Arena is the building's auditorium and event area. The corridors leading to the Arena have been interpreted as “sluices between the practical and theoretical reality”. This is the point of origin for Lightscape's second work, that consists of three noble gasses ’trapped’ in glass.
The new building is certified according to the sustainability standard DGNB Gold and also received a DGNB Diamond for the architectural quality. Recycling of furniture has therefore also been part of the interior design strategy The golden "Skybox" is DTU Skylab's representative meeting room on the top floor, where daylight pours into the large south-facing box and pulls the treetops outside into the building. Here Lightscapes, together with interior designers mtre, brought the Charlottenborg pendant back from the depot.
We have hung up five large Charlottenborg pendants after they were renovated them with brand new specially developed LEDs. The light is warm and strong in the glow, as it was with the old incandescent bulbs. This is again the story of how the old and modern virtues in both technique and aesthetics can unite and inspire each other.