Trondheim University is one of Henning Larsen Architects' first university projects, shaped according to the idea of a coherent city-like structure with high focus on daylight.
Situated in Dragvoll in Norway the building complex constitutes the first phase of a large university project located right outside one of the city's two recreational areas. To the north, the complex overlooks the fjord, reflecting the sunset light of the summer nights.
The university is tied together by a 100 x 100 m grid system of two- and three-storey glass-covered streets, since the climate does not endorse a traditional campus design. On summer days, the central half of the big glass roof can be opened. Lecture halls are placed at ground level; small classrooms on the first floor and research and administration facilities on the second floor. The canteen is located in a shielded corner on a terrace below the uplands with the preserved – now partly burnt – Dragvoll estate, which is used as students’ facilities.
Per Knudsens’s architectural practice in Trondheim has been in charge of the building of the second phase based on the original Henning Larsen-project. The construction ended in 1994.