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40 562 ACDL; Innovation HQ

Full course name in English: 
ACDL; Innovation HQ
40 562
Syklus 2
2024 Høst
2024 Høst
Maksimum antall studenter: 
Søren S. Sørensen

Preliminary skills in computational design is advised.

Om emnet

The ACDL studio is part of a series running since 2014, placing a strong emphasis on computational tools as part of the design process and communication of ideas. The studio is research and practice based, with an experimental approach to environmentally-conscious architectural design, design processes and methodologies. Through a series of engaging lectures students will delve into the intersection of computation and architecture to develop innovative design solutions for the built environment. Artificial intelligence in concept development will be investigated and included in critical discussions.


The project assignment:

Design a cutting-edge Headquarters (HQ) building that establishes a strong presence within the cityscape. The project should  integrate sustainable principles, new materials, and technology in a suitable and innovative manner.

The HQ building should feature a spacious entrance lobby open towards the public ground. The office spaces should be designed with flexible layouts to accommodate evolving work styles and technological advancements and promote collaboration and innovation. Aim to create diverse workspaces, with a focus on healthy, environmentally friendly work environments.

The building must be accessible to all individuals, including those with disabilities,

by incorporating universal design principles.

The program should also integrate shared or rentable areas for mixed-use purposes. Ensure the building accommodates future office needs while also incorporating spaces for retail, cafes, and community facilities to enhance urban connections.

Explore mixed-use opportunities to promote diverse activities and interactions, fostering community engagement and urban vitality.

The project should include outdoor areas and roof terraces that serve as dynamic extensions of the workplace, offering opportunities for relaxation, collaboration, and social interaction.

The project is  to be developed through an iterative process of analysis, simulations and design generation, refining spatial organization, building program, comfort zones and activity distribution.


Central themes for the studio are performance oriented; site specific climate analysis as part of the research and basis for design, - and various simulations to analyze and optimize design and performance as part of the architectural design process. Parametric computational modeling will be introduced, and used in an iterative manner incorporating design generation and analysis to refine the associative model that defines spatial organization, required building program and activity distribution.

Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on the iterative design process, encouraging students to experiment with computational tools and analog techniques to iteratively refine their architectural proposals. By fostering a collaborative studio environment, participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, critique each other's work, and push the boundaries of design innovation.




- of the architectural and computational design themes pursued by the studio.

- of parametric design.

- of tools for analysis and simulation relating to climate and building performance.

- of successful built examples of equivalent projects.

- of advanced architectural visualization.

- general insight in artificial intelligence as process tools.


- in utilizing associative modeling systems for architectural design.

- in utilizing analysis tools, simulations and real-time visualization as part of the 

  design process.

- reflective thinking and evaluation as a tool for developing design ideas within the design process.

General competence:

- the ability to develop designs based on specific performative criteria in an integrated manner, from the conceptual stage to the material articulation through computational design.

- the ability to set up and follow through a design process that leads to the desired result.

- the ability to utilize design as a method of research in architecture that facilitates the conception of novel architectural designs.

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

Project studio; lectures and studio supervision. Toolbox series of seminars introducing relevant computational analysis, simulation and design systems.

Intermediate deliveries / presentations and attendance at workshops are compulsory.

Excursion not decided.


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