The foundation stone has been laid for the new DMJX

At an official ceremony, the foundation stone was laid for the new home of the Danish School of Media and Journalism, DMJX, located in Copenhagen’s Ørestad district. The building is designed by PLH Arkitekter and will serve as an educational hub for 800 communication and media students.

The foundation stone has been laid at the construction site for the future DMJX in Ørestad. PLH Arkitekter's case architect Anette Grønbæk was present along with DMJX's board chairman Lea Korsgaard and principal Julie Sommerlund.

In the design for the 7,000 m², seven storey building, special emphasis has been put on concepts such as openness and adaptability, which are focal points for the students as well. Large glass sections provide an open and transparent facade, which invites passersby inside and with its agile, flexible layout the building can be continuously adapted to suit future needs. The heart of DMJX will be a publicly accessible square, where students can hold exhibitions and other events.

"Free and open media is one of the foundations of our society. Therefore, it is with a very special joy and pride that today, in a more literal sense, we are laying the foundation stone for the DMJX, which will serve as the physical and professional base camp for future journalists and media professionals. We have endeavored to create a building that is centered on the sharing of knowledge, where freedom and openness has been clearly reflected in the architecture, allowing everyone to see what is going on inside. Here, students will be able to improve their skills, just as the outside world can enter the building to learn and discover new things," says case architect at PLH Arkitekter, Anette Grønbæk.

In addition to the square in DMJX's 29-meter high atrium, where an eye-catching green staircase with hanging plants links the building together, the large roof terrace with a view of nearby Amager Fælled will also be open to the public.

The interior of the new educational hub will support a creative learning environment for BA students from Communication, Media Production and Management, TV and Media Planning, and Visual Communication as well as teachers, researchers and administrative staff. The building will also function as a base for up to 2,000 course participants annually.

"Everyone from architects and contractors to dedicated employees build and fill the house with dedication, passion, aspiration and determination. It will settle in the walls and affect all those who will walk around here. I love that it is an open and generous house, where we can look each other in the eye and over each other's shoulders," says Lea Korsgaard, chairman of the board of DMJX.

"The new DMJX will be more colorful, sensual and aesthetic. But the most important thing is that it is not placed in a residential area, but in an area where the public and collaboration partners are right outside the door," says Julie Sommerlund, principal at DMJX.

When the foundation stone was laid, it also contained a time capsule. This held current and socially relevant artifacts, made by the students, focusing on topics such as gendered language, women's right to abortion, loneliness and physical touch among guy friends.

In all phases of the DMJX project, significant attention has been paid to green solutions and energy-saving measures. Therefore, it is expected that the building will achieve the DGNB Gold sustainability certification.

- Find photos from the foundation stone ceremony here (credit: Antonia Steiner)
- Read more about DMJX here

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Photo: Antonia Steiner

Photo: Antonia Steiner