Some of the world’s oldest functioning timber buildings can be found in the Faroe Islands, in the North Atlantic. So it was fitting that when asked to propose a new complex of university buildings there, the Danish firm Henning Larsen submitted a visionary integration of mass timber and microclimate design.
The massive plan calls for a central “street,” in addition to a library, canteen, café, classrooms, large auditorium, and research spaces. Mass timber, including glulam and CLT, will be the primary construction materials. The buildings will also feature turfed roofs, paying homage to the natural beauty of the surrounding, postcard-worthy landscape.