Saturday, May 9, 2009

Not a Bullring

This is not a Spanish bull ring but a dormitory for 360 students. Named after financier C.F. Tietgen this dorm was ready for the new residents in 2006. Actually the inspiration for this building was not found in Spain but in the Far East; the traditional Tulou houses found in Southeastern China. It was funded by the Nordea Denmark Foundation.

The ground floor houses a café, a large common kitchen, computer and study rooms, a big hall for parties, laundry, craftshops, music rooms and rooms for meetings. All the student rooms on the upper floors are divided into groups of twelve with a common kitchen and living room. In the middle of the building is a large atrium. A nice place to be in summertime!

This building is a far cry from the normal rabbit warrens of dorms. The wooden panels and irregularity add a cosiness to it, so it's no wonder this is a popular place to live for the students. Especially as it's right next to Copenhagen IT-University and the Faculty of Humanities of the Copenhagen University. At the moment the students come from 100 different studies and 40 nations.

Tomorrow I'll show you another dorm in the area that is even stranger.