By Deborah Williams
The Scandinavian countries seem to be much more proactive and progressive about educating their populations. Arguably, Finland has created the world’s best education system, and now we are learning about an architectural marvel in Denmark that demonstrates considerable thought and innovative design to create a most unusual living space for its residents. The Take Part website posts “15 Photos of the Most Amazing College Dorm You Have Ever Seen,” and the Tietgen Student Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark has well-thought-out features that can only enhance the experience of its residents. The circular form of this building reflects an effort to create “a symbol of equality and community” in this seven-story, 360-room “residence hall of the future.” Some of the features of this award-winning building follow:
- Communal Courtyard – Within the interior of the circular structure, the communal courtyard is a gathering and relaxing place for residents.
- Kitchens – the dorm has 30 completely stocked kitchens that are shared by 12 residents.
- International Student Dorm Rooms – The dorm has 30 fully furnished rooms for international students.
- Lounge Area – The lounge area include comfortable couches and chairs for studying, lounging or reading.
- Colorful Laundry Room – The laundry room is not located in the basement but is full of light and color.
- Mailroom – Each resident gets his/her own colorful mailbox.
- Study Room – The study room has partitioned workspace for setting up individual study areas. This relaxing space has lots of light and also includes printers and copy machines.
- Bathrooms With Heated Floors – Suites include a bathroom with a shower, toilet, and heated floors.
- Dorm Rooms – Each dorm room has ample storage, a closed bookcase, and a movable wardrobe that can be used as a room divider. The dorm rooms are part of an apartment suite.
- Hallways and Balconies – The dorm includes hallways that lead to areas that overlook the courtyard and balconies where residents can dine.