Tietgenkollegiet, designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter, is not your ordinary dorm. Built in Copenhagen in 2006, the seven-story structure contains 360 rooms and is known as the "residence hall of the future." The project was inspired by the relationship between the collective and the individual; and the design's circular form is a symbol of equality and community.
If residents want to catch up with friends or check out the stars on a summer night, they can do so in this beautiful courtyard.
Food courts are not the norm at Tietgenkollegiet. Thirty kitchens, each shared by 12 residents, come equipped with tableware, utensils, four fridges, and two cookers.
International Student Dorm Rooms
Peace and privacy is an important part of what it means to stay at this dorm. This is one of the 60 rooms dedicated to international students who are on an exchange stay in Copenhagen. Residents furnish ordinary rooms themselves, but the international rooms come fully furnished.
This common area is perfect for studying or lounging and reading a favorite book.
Colorful Laundry Room
Instead of putting washers and dryers in a dank basement, the designers created a laundry room that is both colorful and appears light and welcoming.
Who doesn't look forward to a care package from home? Each resident gets his/her own colorful mailbox in this dormitory.
Students head over to this study room with their computers to get their work done. The room is also equipped with printers and copy machines.
Bathrooms With Heated Floors
No need to put on shower shoes and lug your toiletries to the bathroom at the end of the hall. Here suites include bathrooms equipped with a shower, toilet, and heated floors.
Another Study Room
This relaxing room lets in a lot of light, unlike study rooms without a single window.
The dorm rooms offer a ton of storage, a closed bookcase, and a movable wardrobe that can be used as a room divider.
The front of the residence hall includes touches of copper-based alloy tombak and oak. When you enter the dormitory, indoor areas are characterized by smooth, unpainted concrete walls. The walls are accented by birch ply, and the floors with magnesite.
The architectural firm notes on their site that "the apartments are set at differing depths in an alternating rhythm, which expresses the individual's unique identity through its form and gives the exterior form of the building its characteristic, crystalline expression and neutralises the possibly monumental shape of the cylindrical space."
Hallways and Balconies
Residents can walk down the hall and look out into the courtyard or dine on one of the balconies.
Tietgen at Night
A look at the award-winning architectural gem at night.
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