“The new DTU Electromagnetic Test Center will give us the ideal foundation for expanding our field of research within high frequency measurements of antennas for instance to ESA’s satellites and at the same time we get the opportunity to do advanced measurements of other microwave technologies, e.g. for use in 5G cellphones, wireless networks or radars for cars.”Says Professor Olav Breinbjert, DTU Electro, leader of the center
The new test center for Technical University Denmark is unique in a Danish context. Thus, the test center strengthens the university’s leading position within research of electromagnetic systems. The test center is home for students and researchers of DTU Electro Institute and houses research facilities, including radio silent laboratories, meeting facilities and classrooms. The facility holds a large education laboratory with affiliated study area. Here, the architecture is designed to facilitate an interdisciplinary research environment among researchers, businesses and students. The building’s architecture elaborates on the existing built environment of the campus. Around the test center, the area holds several other unique research buildings. To support the existing research environment, the test center is connected by a passage to the existing test facilities in B353.
A test center for partnerships
In the research architecture, we have prioritized a high degree of flexibility. The test areas of the building are designed to have a clear visual connection with the study area. In addition, the expansion of available research facilities for high accuracy testing of microwave technology allows more students and external partners to have access to radio silent laboratories. This opens up for new areas of in-house research projects and teaching purposes, as well as measurement programmes conducted in collaboration with and by external partners.
Integrating SDGs and technical demands
The ambitions for sustainability in the test center are high. To meet the ambitions, we use the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals as a tool for identifying sustainable solutions. To ensure this result and document the value created, the test center is set to be certified as Gold Class within the DGNB system. Further, the architectural concept is designed to meet the many specific demands for the performance of the building’s construction. This includes modification of the façade, regulation of temperature in the laboratories and a vibration-free foundation, all insuring accuracy of the research results.
- Technical University Denmark
- 1498 m²
- Lyngby Campus, DK
- MOE, ELiNDCO
- Christensen & Co. Architects
- DTU Electro