Thisted Kommune has a new college focusing on study environment, low energy and quality. The rotunda is a circular college, where there is room for both community and privacy.

Mountains of dishes, worn down linoleum flooring and scratched walls usually appears in ones mind when the topic is colleges. But the Rotunda is not like your mother or fathers college, but a modern and low energy facility with WIFI, geothermal heading, solar cells and a fantastic indoor climate. And the mountain of dirty dishes is not as tall as we might remember from our own college days.

Amphitheater for the young

The Rotunda is placed centrally in the heart of Thisteds educational area, where EUC North West is spreading with many educational offers. Here is room for 30 students in 2 storeys. The buildings circular shape gives a different feeling of intimacy, since all exists, common areas and cafes are in direct line of sight, when the residents open the door.

The flats are positioned as petals from the central common area and all the rooms has a bathroom and a small kitchen with two hotplates and an oven. The common area has a state of the art kitchen, where even the most demanding chef has all he requires.

Compact and energy friendly

The colleges circular shape is not just for show. The building in two storeys assumes a circular shape, and thus achieves the smallest possible surface area, and therefore has the smallest possible surcage, from where it can dissipate heat. The building lives up to the 2020 requirements, explains construction manager, Mogens Frederiksen from the architecture company Rødbro & Frederiksen and is thought of as a zero energy solution. The ventilation ensures that the indoor climate is perfect. The ventilation system is fittet with heat recovery and utilizes 88% of the existing heat in the air.

The ventilation and geothermal facility is installed by Skjoldborg VVS, and co-owner Per Kristensen tells, that the geothermal heating will yield up to 42 KW under the production of heat and water. The geothermal heating hoses are buried in chalk soil, thus it was necessary to dig a whole 2.800 m hose down.

Sun driven student housing

The Rotunda has very large window areas to the common room and the flats are not missing anyting for that matter. The windows has high isolating 3 layer glass, that ensures that the heat will not escape again. This means that sunshine quickly will heat the entire building. On the roof is the Rotundas power plant, in fht form of 96 Hyundai solar cells, that yields up to 24 KW, when the sun is shining.

Solcellerne er installeret af Claus Martinussen fra Nykøbing El-Service, der fortæller, at de har monteret panelerne på en lidt utraditionel måde. Panelerne er ikke fastgjort på taget ved at skrue hul i tagpappet, men ligger i kassetter, der er tynget ned med små fliser. Det er et system, der er meget udbredt bl.a. i Tyskland og har den fordel, at håndværkerne ikke behøver at gennembryde tagpappet og derved risikere, at vand kan trænge ind.

Komfort og studiemiljø

Byggeleder Mogens Frederiksen fortæller, at Rotunden er bygget med både studiemiljø og komfort for øje. Derfor er der selvfølgelig fællesrum til studier, hvor læsegrupper kan mødes, men der er også en kælder, hvor der kan holdes fest. Normalt vil en animeret fredagsbar ikke give det bedste miljø til fordybelse, men Rotunden har lyddæmpning indbygget, der sammen med bygningens energioptimerede konstruktion sikrer, at lyden af høj musik og klirrende flasker bliver i baren. De studerende med lejligheder i stuen beretter, at de ikke kan høre, hvad der sker i kælderen. Så bliver de jo nødt til at gå ned og få en øl med, hvis de vil vide, hvad der foregår.

Besøg Rotunden på Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thistedkollegium

Tilknyttet byggeriet

Arkitekt: Krogh Madsen Arkitekter A/S

Byggeledelse og tilsyn: Rødbro & Frederiksen

Råhus: HMN Entreprenøren

Tømrer: MC Overgaard

El og solenergi: Nykøbing El-Service

Ventilation og varme: Skjoldborg VVS

Maler: Henning Christensen

Gulve: LH Gulve