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Daylight & Architecture

The future is green
Conference center and
hotel extension in Rønne

Nowhere in Denmark does the sun rise earlier than on Bornholm – and the Baltic Sea island would also like to be the first part of the country that meets its energy needs from completely carbon-neutral renewable sources. The ‘Green Solution House’ in the south of the island's main town, Rønne, is a lighthouse project for this turnaround. The former Hotel Ryttergården from 1973 has been renovated, supplemented with a congress centre and equipped with numerous forward-looking solutions from the fields of architecture and building technology. Three sustainability concepts were at the centre of the building design: DGNB certification, the cradle-to-cradle principle aimed at a circular flow economy, and the Active House Standard, which focusses on a healthy indoor climate and an excellent supply of daylight.
    The results of this strategy are apparent to visitors everywhere they go. In many places, recycled materials were used; there are carpets that clean the air and a small bioreactor in which algae are used to clean the hotel's waste water. Above all, however, daylight and the coastal landscape are omnipresent all round the inside of the building. The hotel rooms receive light through the flat roof windows and via the balconies, which have been fitted with new glass balustrades. Above the foyer, there is a folded glass roof composed of modular skylights, some of which are fitted with solar cells and thus contribute to the power supply. And thanks to large glass facades, the sunlight can exert its invigorating effect on listeners and speakers even in the conference rooms.


Location:
Strandvejen 79, Rønne, Denmark
Architects:
3XN, Copenhagen
Steenbergs Tegnestue, Rønne
Sustainability consultants:
GXN Innovation, Copenhagen
The future is green - Daylight and Architecture Magazine
The future is green - Daylight and Architecture Magazine
The future is green - Daylight and Architecture Magazine
The future is green - Daylight and Architecture Magazine
The future is green - Daylight and Architecture Magazine
The future is green - Daylight and Architecture Magazine
The future is green - Daylight and Architecture Magazine

Evolving architecture

ISSUE 27


In November 2016 The Daylight Award of the VELUX Foundations was given to Steven Holl and Marilyne Andersen – for daylight in architecture and daylight research respectively. The relationships between structure, material and light are at the core of Holl’s approach to architecture. The jury noted that he is known for his poetic idiom, manipulation of lighting, respect for materials and adapting his buildings to their local surroundings.

According to the jury, the award for daylight research went to Andersen because she is an outstanding scholar and teacher, as well as a diligent researcher who has demonstrated a talent for initiating and directing daylight research that affects research and architecture environments. Holl and Andersen are both known to spend a lot of time at universities, conveying their knowledge and skills to the coming generation of architects and researchers.

But how do the results of Marilyne Andersen’s research find their way into building design? And how can Steven Holl’s ingenious spatial concepts be shared in the future built reality?

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