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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.

Strandvejen 79, Rønne, Denmark
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

Daylight connecting communities


With this issue of Daylight/Architecture, we are inviting you on a journey to four special places of collective experience - where daylight is one of the most important means of creating an inviting atmosphere.

We take off from the Pantheon in Rome, a magical location that has been fascinating people for centuries with an article by Adrian Carter, who forges a bridge between the former Roman temple and two more recent buildings that embody another kind of social gathering; Jørn Utzon's Bagsvaerd church near Copenhagen and the newly opened Newport Islamic Centre from 2017 by Glenn Murcutt in Melbourne. Utzon’s and Murcutt’s building are deeply embedded in the local context, enabling their visitors to experience daylight in new and unprecedented ways.

This connects them to the next building: The Naoshima Hall in Honmura, created by Hiroshi Sambuichi, a venue for sports and cultural events and part of a greater transformation strategy for the islands in south Japan's inland sea. Sambuichi uses 'moving materials' like daylight and fresh air to create an optimum indoor climate for the users of the hall. The FRAC museum in Dunkirk designed by Lacaton & Vassal integrates an abandoned dockyard hall in its monumental dimensions in order to create a space for future and unforeseen uses. The building's light-flooded, lightweight envelope makes it possible to experience the sea climate on the coast of the English Channel even inside the building.

Taken together, these examples illustrate how daylight in buildings moves people – psychologically and physically, individually and collectively. Dedicated architects can use this potential to connect communities and improve their quality of life.

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