First ground broken at Kopparhammaren
The university is an important part of the Östergötland landscape. At the groundbreaking ceremony for Kopparhammaren 2 at Campus Norrköping, the town’s mayor and the county governor helped with the shovelling.
However the job was not to dig a hole, it was to plant two maple trees, as symbols of the first green building at Campus Norrköping. County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson, Norrköping Mayor Lars Stjernkvist, Linköping University’s architect Karolina Ganhammar and representatives from Klövern, the property owner, all got to hold the shovel.
In one year, Kopparhammaren 2 will be filled with university students and employees.
Kopparhammaren 2 consists of three parts. One that burned down in 2010 but will now be rebuilt. One that will be renovated, and one that will possibly be renovated at a later date, but is not part of the first project stage.
Kopparhammaren 2 will be a green building in more ways than one. The aim is that the property will get Environmental Building Gold classification for the new build, and Silver for the renovated part. The Environmental Building is the system best suited to Swedish conditions, and a number of criteria must be met, including energy consumption and indoor climate.
Solar panels are not a requirement for the classification, but are in the plans for the new part of the project.
A sedum roof – a contemporary version of the traditional sod roof – will be used for the renovated part.
The sedum roof has many benefits. It reduces greenhouse gases, as the plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. It absorbs rainwater, reducing the load on municipal systems. It is a welcome addition to the industrial landscape, where it can be difficult to incorporate green spaces. A further benefit is the roof’s cooling effect in summer.
Norrköping’s old industrial landscape has a history going back centuries. Garments were sewn here as early as the 17th century, for the soldiers in the Thirty Years War, as Mayor Stjernkvist explained in his speech. The symbol of the Cotton Mill, the cock, still looks out over the landscape from his elevated position on the spire atop the building.
But it is not all about “the good old days”. The new Kopparhammaren will lift the levels of knowledge and research, helping create a new knowledge-based industry.
Building according to green principles in a historical precinct has its challenges. For instance, finding the right balance between retaining the old elements and renovating for energy efficiency, without affecting outer appearances too much. The location adjacent to the river is also a challenge. It is a bit like building in Venice.
When the maples have been planted, the ground-breaking team is treated to coffee and a specially designed cake with an image of how Kopparhammaren will look in just one year’s time.
In the autumn of 2014 it will all be finished – even if that is hard to imagine, when one of the buildings does not even exist, and the other is essentially a cold, empty shell with a dirt floor.
Last updated: 2013-09-09