Mercantec - Business and Technical College

Mercantec - Business and Technical College

Architect
Cubo Arkitekter A/S

LYTT Architecture
Location
Banegårds Alle 1, 8800 Viborg, Denmark | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Secondary Schools

Universities
Martin Schubert
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Mercantec - Business and Technical College

Cubo Arkitekter A/S as Architects

The new ‘Mercantec - Midtbyens Gymnasium’, a business and technical college, emphasizes the city's ambitious visions for urban development. Here, 1,200 students and 130 employees unfold and thrive in innovative and inspiring settings that support learning, development and social life within the building and the surrounding urban environment. 

The project completes the overall urban development project that Cubo Arkitekter has been part of, which also includes a 2 bridges along The Ancient Road ‘Hærvejsbroen’. The Ancient Road runs from Northern Germany to the very top of Denmark. The bridges are the city's new central connection, that connects the city center to the new urban development area, 'Viborg Baneby'. 

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Urban scale in a historical context

The high school is surrounded by the local train station, parking facilities, the main city library and a leisure centre. The central location has defined the design of all visible facades. The result is an expressive educational building that easily adapts to the urban historical context and breaks down the large scale.

photo_credit Martin Schubert
Martin Schubert

 

A solid and flexible learning structure for the future

When it comes to the architecture, design and choice of material, it has been a contributing factor to meet the demands of the future from the start. 

The whole complex expresses openness, adaptability and flow, and the project is developed with a strong future-oriented identity, built to accommodate new relationships and a variety of educational functions and different teaching methods. 

photo_credit Ruben Damhave
Ruben Damhave

 

The Language of Architecture creates a city within the city

The main concept for ‘Midtbyens Gymnasium’ has been to design a facility that summarizes the educational diversity from a common architectural design - yet giving the different study programs individual identities. The architectural plan is conceived as a dense, compact and sustainable building, designed as a hierarchy of squares and streets, alleys and passages – like a mirroring collage of the surrounding cityscape.

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Identity-creating materials inside out

The ceramic bricks, ‘Tile-Baguettes’ as they are called in Denmark, characterizes the high school's tranquil exterior and embrace the local identity. The facade creates a natural visual extension of the neighbourhood's widespread use of classic Danish red bricks. 

photo_credit Ruben Damhave
Ruben Damhave

 

The new high school adds to the long line of educational buildings and research centres designed by Cubo Arkitekter. It emphasizes the studio's focus on creating empathic, inclusive and innovative frameworks, matching the needs of contemporary Scandinavian institutions.

 

Hærvejsbroen

The new bridges over the railway terrain and a road, creates new links between the city centre, ‘Midtbyens Gymnasium’ and ‘Viborg Baneby’, making the central urban space an eventful experience with meeting points and recreational green oases and creates spaces for the puplic. 

The most significant area of the bridge is the urban formation ‘Hærvejspladsen’, aka The Plaza. Hærvejspladsen forms a living cityspace at first floor level near to the main entrence, creating several meeting points and connections to all levels - from the lower parking levels to the rooftop basket court with a magnificent view of the city. 

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