Blekinge Institute of Technology main campus (BTH1) has been transformed from the old regiment in Karlskrona. With a strong environmental profile, 12,700 m² of new training facilities and workplaces have been produced right next to the water.
The architect Anders Larsson, JAARK entered the project early as the main architect and began extensive program work together with the client. This resulted in a sketch work in collaboration with Christian Tranberg at Tranberg Arkitekter in Copenhagen. A modern educational environment with great flexibility was developed. The ground floor contains the public parts with lecture halls, large assembly hall, conference room, cafeteria, etc. Floors 2-4 mainly contain workplaces, meeting rooms and other staff rooms.
The light glass facade contributes to an airy and bright environment for more than 7,000 students. Relatively large window areas allow the light and the archipelago outside to flow into the building.
The façade made of double-glazed units with Pilkington Suncool™ 66/33 high performance solar control glass, provides the high light transmission in relation to the solar factor. The glazing contributes to the energy-efficiency of the building and its environmental profile.
The environmental work has been managed through a special environmental program where material selection takes place based on the environmental database Sunda Hus.
The building was rated as Miljöbyggnad Gold.*
* Miljöbyggnad – Environmental Building – is an environmental certification system used in Sweden.
Photography: © Bert Leandersson