Modern Meets Historic in Denmark

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July 25, 2011

This conference center, designed by the Amsterdam-based firm SeARCH, is an extension of a 14th-century Danish farm and building. Designed for Novo Nordisk a/s, the biggest insulin producer in the world, the building contains an auditorium, offices, restaurants, meeting rooms, sports and fitness facilities, and guest rooms—and aims to represent a more dynamic model for what a conference center can be. Here's a look inside. All photos by Iwan Baan.

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  The Novo Nordisk conference center is located on the shore of a lake in Hillerød, on the footprint of ‘Favrholm,’ a monumental Danish farm that originates from the 14th century.  Courtesy of: bank details:

Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV
to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam
Acct.nr.: 512635692
IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92
BIC/Swift code:
    The Novo Nordisk conference center is located on the shore of a lake in Hillerød, on the footprint of ‘Favrholm,’ a monumental Danish farm that originates from the 14th century.

    Courtesy of: bank details: Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam Acct.nr.: 512635692 IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92 BIC/Swift code:

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  The restored 14th-century farmhouse, pictured here, contains the main entrance. This very building played a crucial role in the history of the company: it was here, for the first time in history, that insulin was extracted from the pancreas of cows.  Courtesy of: bank details:

Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV
to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam
Acct.nr.: 512635692
IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92
BIC/Swift code:
    The restored 14th-century farmhouse, pictured here, contains the main entrance. This very building played a crucial role in the history of the company: it was here, for the first time in history, that insulin was extracted from the pancreas of cows.

    Courtesy of: bank details: Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam Acct.nr.: 512635692 IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92 BIC/Swift code:

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  By realizing the extension partly underground, the architects maintained the view to the monumental farm. There are also views of the landscape and the lake from every meeting room.  Courtesy of: bank details:

Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV
to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam
Acct.nr.: 512635692
IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92
BIC/Swift code:
    By realizing the extension partly underground, the architects maintained the view to the monumental farm. There are also views of the landscape and the lake from every meeting room.

    Courtesy of: bank details: Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam Acct.nr.: 512635692 IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92 BIC/Swift code:

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  A view of the historic farmhouse and the modern northern and eastern extensions.  Courtesy of: bank details:

Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV
to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam
Acct.nr.: 512635692
IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92
BIC/Swift code:
    A view of the historic farmhouse and the modern northern and eastern extensions.

    Courtesy of: bank details: Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam Acct.nr.: 512635692 IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92 BIC/Swift code:

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  Here's one spot where old (the farmhouse) meets new (the conference wing).  Courtesy of: bank details:

Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV
to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam
Acct.nr.: 512635692
IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92
BIC/Swift code:
    Here's one spot where old (the farmhouse) meets new (the conference wing).

    Courtesy of: bank details: Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam Acct.nr.: 512635692 IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92 BIC/Swift code:

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  Novo Nordisk had originally hoped for a series of conference rooms in varying styles, from classical to postmodern. SeARCH proposed a more modest scheme based on "the sketching of cows" (the way cows were registered and identified in the past).  Courtesy of: bank details:

Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV
to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam
Acct.nr.: 512635692
IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92
BIC/Swift code:
    Novo Nordisk had originally hoped for a series of conference rooms in varying styles, from classical to postmodern. SeARCH proposed a more modest scheme based on "the sketching of cows" (the way cows were registered and identified in the past).

    Courtesy of: bank details: Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam Acct.nr.: 512635692 IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92 BIC/Swift code:

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  Each meeting room has a floor plan in the shape of a cow’s ear or leaf, all of them slightly different in shape, size and material.  Courtesy of: bank details:

Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV
to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam
Acct.nr.: 512635692
IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92
BIC/Swift code:
    Each meeting room has a floor plan in the shape of a cow’s ear or leaf, all of them slightly different in shape, size and material.

    Courtesy of: bank details: Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam Acct.nr.: 512635692 IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92 BIC/Swift code:

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  A view of the staircase that connects the on-site restaurant with the underground conference wing.  Courtesy of: bank details:

Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV
to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam
Acct.nr.: 512635692
IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92
BIC/Swift code:
    A view of the staircase that connects the on-site restaurant with the underground conference wing.

    Courtesy of: bank details: Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam Acct.nr.: 512635692 IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92 BIC/Swift code:

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  There's plenty of alfresco seating outside the East Wing auditorium. The auditorium's rectangular form was inspired by the barns that once stood there.  Courtesy of: bank details:

Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV
to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam
Acct.nr.: 512635692
IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92
BIC/Swift code:
    There's plenty of alfresco seating outside the East Wing auditorium. The auditorium's rectangular form was inspired by the barns that once stood there.

    Courtesy of: bank details: Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam Acct.nr.: 512635692 IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92 BIC/Swift code:

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  An exterior view of the connection between the East Wing and the existing farmhouse.  Courtesy of: bank details:

Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV
to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam
Acct.nr.: 512635692
IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92
BIC/Swift code:
    An exterior view of the connection between the East Wing and the existing farmhouse.

    Courtesy of: bank details: Bank: ABN AMRO Bank NV to: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam Acct.nr.: 512635692 IBAN: NL74 ABNA 0512 6356 92 BIC/Swift code:

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