Green Lighthouse attempts to combine architecture and technology into a low-emission, CO2-neutral building. As such the energy consumption in the Green Lighthouse will be lower than that stipulated by law for 2020. The centrally situated building functions as the focal point for life at the so-called “Nørre Campus”, which is part of the University Park. The house commands a free view and is accessible from many directions. Round in shape and covered in green it is meant to be a strong visual landmark for the campus. Inside the building are meeting facilities, a service office for students and a faculty club for the Department of Natural Sciences.
The central part of the building provides space for socialising, but, at the same time, is a channel for the light that pours in and a ventilation shaft for the air that is drawn out. The remaining functions of the house are placed round the central room, which, through the roof windows, also reflect the movement of the sun round the building. The varying intensity of the sun is integrated in the energy system of the whole house. In the summer surplus solar energy is stored under the house, to be used when the power of the sun grows weaker. This and many other technical solutions will make it the most sustainable building of its kind – at least for the time being.
Guided tours of the building are available. Book at http://greenlighthouse.ku.dk/tilmeldingtilguidetur/ (in Danish).