The biggest fume cupboard in Denmark

Monday 25 Jan 16
by Charlotte-Malassé

DTU’s new chemistry laboratories in Building 211 constitute a technically advanced ‘machine’.

The new Building 211 provides DTU with state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, a host of support functions, and a new common foyer where students, lecturers, and researchers can meet and mingle in an informal setting.

On the ground floor, there are four large teaching laboratories, each with space for up to 24 students, and on the first floor eight research laboratories designed for research in organic chemistry.In order to be able to provide world-class chemistry research and instruction, the laboratories feature a large and technically advanced machine: 110 fume cupboards distributed over an area of 3,200 m2. The ceiling height of more than six metres ensures sufficient air flow to the many fume cupboards. 

A special future-proofed systems for piped gas supplies the laboratories with the gases required for research at DTU Chemistry, while a central vacuum and cooling system services all fume and ventilation cupboards.

The facility’s ventilation system is designed as a so-called ring ventilation system—a principle that has not previously been employed on this scale in any of DTU’s buildings. The new Building 211 is a direct extension of the renovated Building 209, which will serve as the central chemical handling unit.

The laboratories have been in use since the start of term in September, and the official inauguration ceremony was held on 11 December 2015.

Facts about Building 211

Photo: Joachim Rode Photo: Joachim Rode

Size: 3,200 m2

Budget: DKK 111.5 million

Client: DTU

Turnkey consultant: COWI

Architect: Rørbæk & Møller Arkitekter

Constructed: 2011–2015

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