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Campus development

The LUX interior with a café and study areas. Photo.
Lund University's campuses have buildings in different styles from the late 1880s to the 2000s. Interior of LUX. Photo: Johan Persson.

Lunds University’s campuses are to be attractive and reflect the University's identity, with places for social interaction and opportunities for recovery and recreation – all in a safe and inclusive environment.

As society changes, so does the University. Over the next 20 to 25 years, about a third of the University’s premises will be renewed or adapted to meet the needs of tomorrow's education, research and external engagement. 

For example, online teaching and remote working in recent years have accelerated the development of how we use new ways of learning, new ways of working and new digital technologies in teaching and collaboration.

The University's Campus Plan runs until 2027, and work on a new plan is proceeding. Read more about the Campus Plan and the University's organisation for campus development below:

Campus Plan

Current development projects

Lund University has campuses in Lund, Malmö, Helsingborg and Ljungbyhed (School of Aviation) and has several initiatives ahead for campus development. Below are some of the ongoing and planned development projects:

Contact information

Madeleine Stjärne Starck
Project manager Campus Development Office
madeleine [dot] stjarne [at] bygg [dot] lu [dot] se (madeleine[dot]stjarne[at]bygg[dot]lu[dot]se)
Telephone: 46 (0)46 222 30 10

Satellite image of the Paradis quarter. Photo.
The Faculty of Social Sciences will bring together its activities in adapted premises in cultural-historical environments in the Paradis quarter of central Lund. Photo: Google.

Campus Paradis and a new centre for social sciences

Activities at the University's Faculty of Social Sciences are currently spread out with the departments located far from each other. There is also a lack of modern study and education environments with up-to-date technology, and many of the premises need to be adapted to improve accessibility.

The Campus Paradis project will bring the faculty's departments together in suitable premises in the Paradis quarter.

Through renovation and new construction in the northern part of the quarter, Campus Paradis will be complemented by a new centre for social sciences, CESAM, which will meet the faculty's needs for new forums, a modern teaching and study environment, a modern specialised library etc.

Facts | Campus Paradis and CESAM

Driving force: To create a unified and tailored centre for the University's Faculty of Social Sciences.

Floor space:
G Building and CESAM: 10 200 m2 (new construction + renovation)
J, R and P buildings:  7 800 m2 (renovation)
Site: Paradis quarter
Architect: Jais Landén Krantz Architects
Estimated completion dates:
G Building: 2024
CESAM: 2028 (preliminary)
J Building: 2029 (preliminary)
R and P buildings: 2030 (preliminary)

More information:
Campus Paradis –

Sketch of the extension of the Palm House. Illustration.
The renovation and expansion of the Palm House will ensure continued access to rare plant material for the University's researchers and students. ©White Architects.

The Palm House

The Botanical Garden's greenhouse was built in the 1860s for scientific purposes, and the plants – some of which are old, rare and valuable – are still used for teaching and research.

The project includes, among other things, a new entrance and an upgrade of the technical systems in both the Palm House and the adjacent greenhouses. The roof of the Palm House will also be raised by three metres to give the 150-year-old cycads more room to grow. This will provide a modern working environment for the organisation and secure the unique plant material for future generations of researchers, students and visitors.

The whole Botanicum quarter has been under government protection since 1974.

Facts | The Palm House

Driving force: To secure access to rare plant material for researchers and students, and to improve the working environment.

Floor space: Around 250 m2 new construction and 850 m2 renovation 
Site: Botanical Garden
Architect: White Architects
Estimated completion date: earliest 2025
Sustainability: SGBC certification is being investigated.

More information:

Renovation in the Botanical Garden –

New projects in the Botanical Garden – (in Swedish)

Image that gives an overview of Science Village. Illustration.
Vision image of Science Village with Space and Spektra in the foreground. © Wihlborgs.

The University’s establishment in Science Village

The establishment in Science Village is of significant strategic importance to the University as a whole, and the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) will have activities in the area.

The establishment is divided into two phases – the establishment of NanoLund in Nanolab Science Village and the co-location of activities within LTH and the Faculty of Science.

Science Village in the city district of Brunnshög in northeastern Lund includes MAX IV, ESS and central Science Village. In the future, Science Village will be part of a dynamic and international environment where new research ideas and collaborations between universities, industry and other parts of society can be developed.

In addition to the University's activities, central Science Village will include, among other things

  • Lund Science Centre for activities and exhibitions
  • The Loop – a forum for industry, academia and research
  • Space – offices and laboratories

as well as offices, restaurants and cafés.

Stage 1

Anneli Löfgren, project manager
anneli [dot] lofgren [at] ftf [dot] lth [dot] se (anneli[dot]lofgren[at]ftf[dot]lth[dot]se )
+46 (0)46 222 84 99

Stage 2

Charlotte von Brömssen, project manager
Campus Development Office
charlotte [dot] von_bromssen [at] bygg [dot] lu [dot] se (charlotte[dot]von_bromssen[at]bygg[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 (0)46 222 69 36

Charlotta Turner, project manager
premises programme
charlotta [dot] turner [at] chem [dot] lu [dot] se (charlotta[dot]turner[at]chem[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 (0)46 222 81 25

Facts | Lund University in Science Village

Driving force: To create new, creative and knowledge-intensive environments and, through the use of MAX IV and ESS,To contribute to successful research for the benefit of society.

Floor space: 
5,700 m2 (stage 1) 
30,000 to 40,000 m2 (stage 2)
Site: Science Village, Brunnshög
Estimated completion date: 
2028 (stage 1)
2030 (stage 2)
Sustainability: SGBC certification is being investigated.

More information:

The Science Village establishment –

Lund University in Science Village – (in Swedish)

The façade of Forum Medicum. Illustration.
Forum Medicum will provide the Faculty of Medicine with a shared centre for health sciences and biomedical knowledge in Lund. © Henning Larsen Architects.

Forum Medicum

Forum Medicum will bring together the research and education of the Health Sciences Centre and the Biomedical Centre in a joint health sciences and biomedical knowledge centre next to the University Hospital in Lund.

The new building will create good opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine's programmes in medicine, health and nursing and the three areas of research: basic research, health sciences research and clinical research.

With its central location on campus, Forum Medicum will be a natural meeting place for the faculty's students, staff and partners.

Facts | Forum Medicum

Driving force: A health sciences centre for collaboration between the medical and nursing programmes and the Faculty of Medicine's research.

Floor space:
15 000 m2 new construction
6 000 m2 renovation
Site: Sölvegatan, Lund
Architects: Henning Larsen Architects/Sweco Architects
Completion date: 2023
Sustainability: SGBC Gold

More information:

Forum Medicum blog

Faculty of Medicine website (in Swedish)

The new façade of the M Building. Illustration.
The M Building at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) will have new workshops and laboratory premises with advanced equipment and teaching facilities adapted to new teaching and learning methods. © Sweco Architects.

The M Building

The M Building at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) has a large number of national and international guests. Several of the departments conduct leading-edge research, including Motorlab, RobotLab and the Division of Industrial Electrical Engineering and Automation – with a direct current laboratory, a new battery room for lithium batteries etc.

The new building meets today's high standards for the physical research environment, for example in terms of precision equipment in workshops and laboratories. 

Two large halls are also being constructed in the building, the Technodrome and the Steam Boiler Hall, for teaching based on new methods (Active Learning Classroom). The halls will be a shared resource for the whole of LTH.

The M Building opened in 1963 and currently houses research and education activities in areas including automatic control, industrial electrical engineering, solid mechanics and energy sciences.

Facts | M Building

Driving force: To build tailored workshops and laboratories for precision equipment, as well as lecture halls for teaching using new teaching and learning methods.

Floor space:
570 m2 new construction,
20 000 m2 renovation
Site: Faculty of Engineering (LTH)
Architects: Sweco Architects 2023/Klas Anshelm 1963
Sustainability: SGBC Silver
Completion date: 2023

More information:

M Building renovation – (in Swedish)

M Building in Lund to be modernised – (in Swedish)

The façade of the new premises of the arts campus. Illustration.
The arts academies will have new, shared premises in Varvsstaden in Malmö. © Marge Architects.

Arts campus in Varvsstaden, Malmö

The new district of Varvsstaden in Malmö is the site for a joint campus for the Malmö Academy of Music, Malmö Theatre Academy and Malmö Art Academy, which together form the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts. 

A joint arts campus strengthens and highlights the faculty's education and research, and provides good conditions for creating new artistic and pedagogical knowledge for the future.

It also increases opportunities for external engagement with the region's arts, culture and education sectors, and provide a combined national and international forum for art, theatre and music.

Facts | Arts campus, Varvsstaden

Driving force: To create a joint campus for the three arts academies, and a national and international forum for art, music and theatre.

Floor space: 19 000 m2 (new construction + conversion)
Site: Varvsstaden, Malmö
Architect: Marge Architects
Sustainability: SGBC certification is being investigated.

More information:

New arts campus in Varvsstaden – Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts website (in Swedish)

The King's House covered in red autumn leaves. Photo.
The King's House in the heart of Lundagård will once again be home to the University Management and its staff. Photo: Mikael Risedal.

The King's House

Bringing the University Management and its staff back to the King's House connects with the University's history, while strengthening the University Square and the University's identity in the city.

For almost 200 years – from 1688 to 1882 – the King's House was the University's main building. The building was completed in 1584 and, together with the rest of the University Square, is a national heritage site. The areas of the building that are most worthy of special protection are now being adapted for the University Management's current and future use.

Facts | The King's House

Driving force: To bring together the University Management in a central, historically important building to shorten decision-making processes, increase collaboration and strengthen the University's identity.

Floor space: 1 500 m2 (renovation)
Site: Lundagård
Architect: Tengbom
Estimated completion date: 2023

More information:

Renovation to begin on the King's House in Lundagård – Staff Pages

The King's House in Lundagård is to be renovated – (in Swedish)

The Main University Building surrounded by spring flowers. Photo.
The extensive renovation of the Main University Building involves, among other things, a better working environment, flexible study facilities and a reception area for the whole University. Photo: Kennet Ruona.

The Main University Building

To improve the working environment and accessibility, the Main University Building will now undergo an extensive renovation. In addition to improved working and ceremonial spaces, the building will include a reception area for the whole University, flexible teaching and seminar spaces, and study spaces. 

The aim is for the building to be an open and welcoming place for students, staff and visitors, and to continue to be a venue for the University's meetings, events and ceremonies. 

The Main University Building opened in 1882. Together with the rest of the University Square, it is a national heritage site, and has a considerable symbolic value for the University as a whole.

Facts | Main University Building

Driving force: To create an open and inviting centre for the University, where students, staff and the public can get guidance and answers to questions about LU, and which continues to be a venue for the University's ceremonies.

Floor space: 4 600 m2 (renovation)
Architect: Ongoing procurement process/Helgo Zettervall 1882
Estimated completion date: 2028 (preliminary)
More information:

The Government approves project planning for renovation of the Main University Building – (in Swedish)

Campus Plan

The Campus Plan is a document that describes the long-term vision for the development of the University's potential geographical expansion in Lund. It was completed in 2012 and applies until 2027.

The plan was drawn up by Lund University in cooperation with Akademiska Hus and the City of Lund, among others, and was approved by the University Board.

In 2022, work started on a new Campus Development Plan, that will apply for the period 2025 to 2050.

Campus Plan 2012–2027 (PDF 20 MB, new tab, in Swedish)

The Campus Development Council participates in the drawing up of the Campus Development Plan and sets the guidelines. The council identifies potential areas for campus development, conducts a dialogue with important external partners and assists in monitoring information about campus development at other universities in Sweden and internationally.

Campus Development Council members – see page on the Vice-Chancellor’s advisory bodies – (in Swedish)

The Campus Development Office works to enable Lund University to make effective use of existing knowledge and experience in the development of the campuses. The office collects and makes available information from previous and ongoing projects within the University and from current research in the field.

The Campus Development Office also works closely with the Campus Development Council and acts as a link between the visions of individual faculties and the overall view needed to create an attractive university environment.