Innovest

A trailblazer for sustainability and a new meeting place for business communities and entrepreneurs

Innovest is a new centre for growth, development and innovation in Western Jutland. The building is a trailblazer for sustainability and is certified in accordance with DGNB-DK.

The vision for Innovest was to create a meeting place for the established business community and entrepreneurs, where all parties might be inspired to create growth and foster business development in general. This is the locus for a knowledge bank where knowledge and innovation become accessible. To reflect these goals, the construction is permeated with product innovation, technology and new methods. Innovest is also the centre for a number of business education programmes in the area.

We were conscious of the mandate to foster an interconnection of established businesses and students; our response was to give the construction a partially circular form – inspired by the  winding course of the Skjern river. The building surrounds an inner equipment yard in the centre, whilst the business community, teaching rooms, meeting rooms and a larger auditorium share the upper floors.

The circular shape allows a view across areas and storeys and thus contributes to the community spirit amongst users of the building. Architecturally, Innovest is experienced as a dynamic, complete unit; it nonetheless has potential for infinite extensions, like adding beads to a string. In this way, the building will remain a harmonious whole – even in the face of subsequent additions and expansion, suggesting the opportunities for growth, development and innovation as continuing facets of life in West Jutland.

Category
Office and Business
Location
Skjern | Denmark
Developer
Ringkøbing-Skjern Forsyning A/S
Status
Realised, 2015
Size
14.000 m²