The garage is a well-known architectural frame for many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built their first Apple computer in a garage, as was the case for Bang & Olufsen, Hewlett Packard, Amazon, Google and Microsoft.
To foster the same kind of entrepreneurship, and to invite users to ‘think outside the box’, AAU Science & Innovation Hub will consist of several un-programmed rooms – known as Garages. The Garages are focussed on intense idea-generation and spaces where the users can invent their own rules for collaboration.
By creating an architectural framework that allows for planned and unplanned meetings between different professional competences to happen, we form the foundation for developing innovative business ideas, creative processes and products of the highest standard.Dan Stubbergaard, architect and founder, Cobe
Innovation isn’t a linear process that follows a singular, systematic approach. Rather it’s a frequent shift, back and forth between stages, scales and mediums. To ensure the best functionality, the building must support the regular shifts between phases by creating seemless connections.
In a vertically organized building, you miss many potential meetings from the moment you arrive, to when you reach your desk. Therefore, we propose a horizontal, terraced volume, where collaboration and meetings among users occur naturally as part of the building’s daily flow.
AAU Science & Innovation Hub is organised with the largest and most public functions on the ground floor. As you move through the building, new synergies are revealed, allowing users to change surroundings and focus.
The main functions are organized so they are connected both vertically and horizontally. The many possible links between functions support the need to switch between spaces in the creative process.
To create a frame that fosters collaboration and innovation, the building not only provides spaces for discussion and research, but also areas for quiet and focused individual work. Functions become more separated and private as you move vertically through the building.
The fixed, external solar shading on the facade is done with solid laminated spruce lamellae. The façade is lined with wooden panels on the inside, as are some of the interior walls. In addition to being a sustainable building material, the wood provides a welcoming and warm atmosphere.
AAU Science & Innovation Hub is a building with many points of arrival and no backsides. The building connects the different scales of the area by stepping up towards the Engineering Faculty, and down towards the neighbouring houses and the lake.
The building will serve as a frame for the creative process, offering spaces of different size and proportion, that users are invited to move freely between. Internally, life intensifies around the dynamic Atrium Street – a space where spontaneous meetings can occur, and ideas can be nurtured across all fields.
All floors are connected by The Atrium Street. It is the pulse of the building that connects the common functions with the individual workspaces. It is a diverse space with areas for stand-up meetings, coffee breaks, temporary installations, exhibitions, and 1:1 mock-up’s, used for interdisciplinary research and innovation.
Located between the new Civil Engineering Faculty and The Network House, AAU Science & Innovation Hub marks a common entry for all campus buildings. The Campus Plaza infront is a learning landscape, where the labs functions spill into the square in the form of outdoor garages.