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Borgernes Hus
Odense, Denmark


The lighting design combined with a distinctive gold finish has transformed this portion of the Odense Railway Center into an attractive meeting point.

citizens house, borgernes hus, odense, denmark

We wanted to

a high-performance urban hub… something that people would love and remember - a point of reference.”


Tomas Snog - Creative Director, AI Architects & Engineers

bourgernes hus, odense railway center, civil society
bourgernes hus, citizen house, building, façade, odense, denmark, Philips Lighting

Customer Challenge


AI Architects & Engineers was commissioned to transform part of the Odense Railway Center into a modern assembly house with a range of public activities – 6,500 m2 of library space for the citizens of Odense. The building needed to be an open and welcoming, but also distinct and recognizable.

The right lighting


Firstly, Danish Design Centre, Blue Bakery and Urgent. Agency collaborated with citizens to define the architectural brief. AI Architects & Engineers – a practice specializing in projects with a strong social impact – then developed the project with the support of Philips Lighting and its value-added partner Dalgsgaard.


At nighttime, the golden façade is illuminated by special eW Graze QLX Powercore LED luminaires from Philips Color Kinetics. Inside, a sculptural stair – known as the “Harry Potter Staircase”, as it seems to float – serves as the fulcrum around which the building’s different functions are arranged.


Gold is also used on the stair and the central space ceilings, which are lit by another LED system with Philips Color Kinetics strand light points eW Flex. The warm white lights are housed in gold-colored aluminum bars that are an integral part of the architectural design. Using integrated LEDs made it possible to obtain a continuous, smooth and uniform surface: a stage set for life inside the building.

Products highlighted:

  • eW Graze QLX Powercore
    eW Graze QLX Powercore
    eW Graze QLX Powercore is perfect for applications calling for a balance of cost and performance. Graze is a highperformance, exterior linear luminaire designed to highlight archit...
  • eW Flex Micro
    eW Flex Micro
    eW Flex Micro is a versatile strand of 50 small, individually controllable LED nodes. The flexible form factor allows dynamic points of white light to be installed across nearly an...

Agency collaborated with citizens  to define the architectural brief

The Team

Municipality of Odense




AI Architects & Engineers


Structural engineering

Henry Jensen A/S


Value-added partner

Claus Dalsgaard A/S


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