The return after Easter break brings a lot of new changes for students at the Faculty of Humanities in Copenhagen, as they officially open phase 2 of the new KUA campus. This long-awaited move, previously slated for January, will be the new home for the departments of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, SAXO Institute, Media, Cognition and Communication, and Arts and Cultural Studies.
The Faculty of Humanities website reports that students from SAXO and Media, Cognition, and Communication will be the first to move 2 April, while the finishing touches are made on the rest of the building.
“This is the newest architecture for the University of Copenhagen, and has a nice contrast of wood and bright colours.” notes International Guidance Counselor Michael Hockenhull, who is also moving to the new space after Easter.
Bright and spacious
The building is covered almost completely by windows, all either overlooking new outdoor courtyards and large new indoor lounge area, just inside the main entrance. This impressive entrance is complete with a ‘Guggenheim-esque’ twisted staircase and a tranquil water fountain.
Each department’s ‘building’ within the complex is distinguished by brightly coloured walls and ceilings, with each colour representing a different department area.
Highlights of the new building include: indoor bicycle storage, computer screens outside of classrooms, increased individual and group study spaces and a glass-covered ‘skywalk’ bridge connecting to the adjacent KUA building. Not to mention a new and improved Mødestedet, the student-run café, and updated department café and Friday bar spaces.
Melding of old and new
Reactions to the move have been mixed, as many students have become accustomed to the old building’s cozy and familiar atmosphere. But, as International Guidance Counselor and Humanities student, Catherine Berg, asserts, “everyone who has seen the new building, loves it. Students will be pleasantly impressed by bright new building, which holds a much more open and flexible space.”
Football tables and worn-in Friday bar furniture can be seen scattered throughout the new building amongst the new and fancy architectural design, suggesting that some familiar elements of the old KUA building will remain.
“It will be exciting to see how student life adapts to the new space, and how humanities students make it their own,” Michael Hockenhull notes, “there are more creative possibilities with a new space.”
More pics from inside KUA 2 on our facebook page here.
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