About the buildings
Naming of the buildings
The six buildings have been given the following names:
1. Magna (FTK)
2. Forma (FEH)
3. Radix (FSV + FKH + Fojo)
4. Stella (gateway building, UB, Infocenter)
5. Vita (FHL)
6. Culmen (flagship building, administration, lecture halls, restaurant)
Magna – means big, the largest building which also symbolises a great will to contribute with utility for a better future. This word is an adjective (fem. singular or neutrum plural) in contrast to all the other names which are nouns. This has caused some debate, but following some reasoning by Staffan Nyström who suggests that the form can be used on its own, the name has been approved. The name can be understood as, for instance, aedifica which would mean big house.
Forma – has two meanings; to shape new thoughts and to shape new competence with students who are willing to take on the challenges found in society and contribute to development. Forma is also a short form for educate – linked to education. In Latin, the word has several meanings like, for instance, shape, appearance, form, structure, essence, nature and category.
Radix – root, something that grows or which you explore. Go to the roots! Where knowledge grows!
Stella – star, the building that shines, where people come together, to aim for the stars. The future!
Vita – life, to investigate and carry out research on life. To protect life. Sustainability and a green university.
Culmen – the culmination, the highest point, the tallest building in the area.
Through a rector's decision, the names of the buildings have now been established. Lnu anda-gruppen – a group tasked with maintaining the Lnu spirit – has, together with a mix of people from our activities, worked out names based on a common principle for squares, streets, places and buildings. The principle is based on the names having some connection to Linnaeus University's vision and value words and to Carl Linnaeus, based on an interpretation that expresses that the buildings differ from one another while at the same time being bound together by the systematic use of Latin words. The group is of the opinion that the use of Latin partly has a connection to Linnaeus and partly is a well-tested way of naming in both modern and historical times.
Furthermore, it was decided that the initial letters should differ between the different names in order to make it possible to use the initial letter in abbreviations for room numbers and so on. Another criterion has been that the names have two syllables and are easy to pronounce.
Material and colours
The eastern part
The eastern part comprises the buildings Vita, Culmen and Stella. The architect Tengbom gives the following description of the "block":
"The block is considered a coherent form, with a common façade concept. 'The SHELL and the PEARL' is a metaphor for the buildings by the water. The surrounding shell has a slightly darker exterior and an interior bright side (nacre) and inside the shell there is a shimmering pearl!"
Buildings Vita and Culmen will have brick façades in a grey scale ranging from dark grey to white. Building Stella will have a different façade material and a unique and distinct colouration.
From the main entrance in building Vita, there will be a main passage. The passage will have a varied width and receive daylight from above. From the passage, stairs will lead to the second floor. The main passage is bordered on both sides by façades, on one side the façade will be brick, like the exterior, and on the other side an acoustic wooden panel. The location of the main passage enables a natural and direct connection with building Culmen in stage 3. The flooring will be concrete in buildings Vita and Culmen. The floors in the other buildings will be rubber, industrial parquet (primarily in the lower square in building Vita), plastic mat (in flushable facilities) and textile carpet for some workplace solutions. The rubber floors will be of different colours on different floors. The starting point for the choice of colours for the architect has been Linnaeus's journeys through different landscapes in Småland. The colour scheme has been discussed and approved by, among others, Lnu anda-gruppen. Some walls will have colours that are consistent with the colours of the floors. In buildings Vita and Culmen, the wood material in the interior glass/wooden parts will be ash wood, with different surface treatment/colours on different floors.
On the second floor in the University Library, visitors will be met by flexible spaces for supervision and teaching in information retrieval, academic writing, study techniques, etc. In Stella, there will be a large number of study places for all types of learning. Quiet study environments will increase the higher up and the further into the building you get. The university's physical book collections will be found on the second and third floors. In Stella, the library staff will have their workplaces in a mixed environment with a number of individual offices and activity-based spaces. The building will also contain a common studio for media production.
The western part
The western part comprises the buildings Magna, Radix and Forma. As for the existing part of building Magna, only the parts connected to the new construction will be changed/reconstructed. Architect for this part is Christensen & CO. The additional construction will be made up of a number of smaller building sections of varying heights. The façade of the additional structures is made of horizontal bands of bronze-anodised sheet metal that runs across every other floor and bends around the entire body of the building. Between these bands, there will be layers of glass and profiled bronze-anodised sheet metal covering two floors.
You enter the buildings through a number of entrances that are connected to the "Street" in Radix and the atriums in Magna and Forma. These spaces connect the three buildings and create a visual contact between the different floors in the individual buildings. The square on floor 0 in Radix is an important assembly point in the new construction in the western part. The "Street" and the atriums have bright floors and ceilings. The walls consist of lamina or of acoustics-regulated, perforated boards. The walls are divided into different wall types – glass sections alternatively plaster walls with or without lamina. The floor material in the communication zone is concrete on floor 00 and floor 01 and linoleum on all other floors.
Staff and student facilities facing the "Street" and the atriums have bright linoleum flooring to create a contrast to the wooden walls. Wooden floors will be found in the staff rooms and the walls in the communication spaces will be made of wood of the same design as above, but in these spaces it will be painted white.
The intention of the colour concept for the western part is to give all the different buildings their own identity and character, something that will show also in background walls. Linnaeus University's main yellow colour will be represented throughout the project in graphics, signboards and on all lift fronts.