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Copenhagen’s Tietgenkollegiet Dorm is the Coolest Circular Housing Complex on Campus
Tietgenkollegiet is 7 stories tall and contains 360 rooms set up in blocks of twelve. Each room faces the outside of the circle and has panoramic views of the channel and other surroundings. The common areas, lounges, and kitchens surround the inner-most courtyard. The circular design creates a sense of equality and unity, while the rooms’ unique alternating projected windows and terraces provide a wide range of housing opportunities.
The facade is made with a unique copper alloy and features sliding partitions inspired by traditional southern Chinese Hakka house architecture. The alloy keeps the building surface clean and protected, and it will age to a rich dark tone over time, allaying restoration needs in the future. American oak and glass partitions alternate throughout the alloy wall, creating an exciting and dynamic facade that also encourages the flow of fresh air and sunlight.
Inside, exposed concrete and magnesium flooring make large spaces extremely durable and easy to clean, while eco-friendly birch plywood partition panels break up the smaller rooms. The hand-picked materials also help insulate the common areas of the building. Students love the brightly colored curtains, laundry machines, and mailboxes that perfectly juxtapose the raw, natural materials surrounding them.
Other amenities include bike storage, an auditorium, a roof deck, and a packed calendar of social activities. A percentage of the rooms are reserved for international students only, so if you’re planning to go back to school anytime soon grab your bags and apply for a room!
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