The Maersk Building - development of the Panum Institute

In June 2017 The Panum Institute in Nørrebro was expanded by 42,700 new m2 to accommodate new, modern biomedical laboratory facilities, classrooms, an auditorium, canteen, bicycle storage and a new main entrance. The building is called the Maersk Building and is 75 meters tall with a public viewing point at the top.

The new building ensures world-class laboratories for cutting-edge researching within fields that are crucial for the future treatment of cancer, dementia, diabetes, heart disease and allergies.

Utilise experiences from all universities

The current Panum complex was built in the 1970s and 1980s, and the new building is a much-needed expansion of the capacity at Panum. With a height of 15 floors, the new building is a landmark for Copenhagen and the University of Copenhagen.

The budget is DKK 1,5 billion. The A. P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation for General Purposes contribute with a donation of up to DKK 655 million. The remaining funds primarily come from an allocation of funds for the modernisation of university laboratory facilities.

The Danish Building and Property Agency is the developer and is responsible for the construction of the Maersk Building and for all the other modernisations of laboratories at our universities, and therefore has a unique opportunity to collect, process and make use of the experiences from across the universities.

Open, green area

The building sets the stage for a more outward-looking interaction with the surroundings and follows the line of thinking in the neighbourhood project "Science City North Campus", which is a project that provide a better link between the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen University Hospital, De Gamles By nursing home, Fælledparken community park and Nørrebro's other neighbours and enterprises. After the initiation in 2017, Panum has opened itself up to the outside world with green park areas and a square in front of the new 15 storey research tower.


Institution: University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Location: Nørrebro, Copenhagen

Developer: The Danish Building and Property Agency

Architect: C.F. Møller

Others: Rambøll, SLA landscape architects, Aggebo & Henriksen, Farquharson Gordon, Cenergia and Innovation Lab

Year of commissioning: 2016

Area: 42,700 m2