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DTU B128 & B129

Interdisciplinary spaces

The two new laboratory buildings B128 and B129 at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) house the Department of Building and Construction. B128 and B129 are an upgrade of the institute’s research environment within Arctic technology and geotechnical engineering.

New laboratory facilities

With the new advanced research facilities, which are designed as a natural addition to the university campus, the two laboratory buildings makes DTU’s research within technical geology, geotechnical engineering and the development of sustainable building materials visible at campus. The buildings contain laboratories, research facilities, and office facilities as well as common areas.

The new laboratory facilities have been established as extensions to the existing buildings B118 and B119.  The extension east of B118 is for Arctic research. The second extension, which is located in the garden space between B118 and B119, is for the geotechnical research area. The buildings are placed close to the associated researchers’ offices, which are located in the original buildings on Campus which were designed by the renowned architectural duo of Niels and Eva Koppel.

Connected laboratory facilities

We’ve designed B128 and B129 to have an architectural expression as a coherent whole that is closely linked to the architectural DNA of the overall DTU campus. Inside, they are designed with inspiration from the existing workshop-style buildings on campus. The key words in the design have been: Transparency, access to small social zones, great spatial variation, and views between floors which in turn also means connections between professions.

Generic laboratories in building B128

Building B128 is organized around a central, stabilizing core. Here, generic laboratories are oriented to the east and north, with windows and sun shading adapted to the functionality and furnishing options of each individual rooms. Laboratories and spaces for analysis that require daylight are located on the ground floor, while the functions that do not require daylight are located in the basement around the existing connecting tunnel.

Building B129 is a concourse for research

Building B129 is an architectural reinterpretation of the traditional glass corridors that connect the yellow, brick-clad corridors everywhere on DTU’s campus. The rational building is located freely between buildings B118 and B119 and connected to these by transparent glass corridors. Inside, the building is laid out in such a way that meeting zones, flex spaces and living areas are gathered around the natural flow of people through the building from B118 and on to B119.


Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
B128 : 1.150 m², B129 : 750 m²
Lyngby Campus, DK
Norconsult, Cubic Group, 1:1 Landskab
Laura Stamer
DTU – Department of Civil Engineering