In Danish student hostels, the community traditionally plays a central role. In the Tietgen Hall of Residence, situated in the immediate vicinity of the university itself, this finds symbolic expression in the circular plan. The cylindrical form of the development is contrasted with the strictly orthogonal urban layout of northern Ørestadt, a newly developed district dissected by canals. Changing sequences of rooms of varying depth lend the outer face of the building an almost crystalline appearance. In the central, landscaped courtyard, the common rooms of the various dwelling groups cantilever out expressively in different combinations. The changing facade masks the monumentality of the simple basic form, lending the building a sculptural quality and reflecting the individuality of the residents themselves. The architects complied with the wish of the client (a Danish foundation) for a forward-looking home for students by establishing an interplay between community and individuality. carefully harmonized finishings – exposed concrete, plywood cladding and industrial screeds – together with the furnishings and fittings mean that the generous internal spaces enjoy a sound quality, clarity and simplicity. As a result, the building has a calm, relaxed elegance.