A Unique Neighbourhood
The new school with swimming pool is located centrally in Ørestad in Copenhagen, a developing district with nature, recreation, and a vibrant urban context.
The project will bring new and accessible activites to the district that embraces the area's scale and connects with the urban spaces. The building is designed to ensure a well-functioning framework for school and leisure activities, and to protect against the significant winds in the area.
A canyon of life
The school will be experienced as a canyon of life, enveloped by a new public space that connects culture, nature and leisure. The district is also connected by a series of activity squares on top of the building that provides direct access to the school's various departments. Open spaces throughout the building will provide public areas and create visible activity on several levels.
The street and the rooftop squares are connected by a south-facing staircase that creates an accessible meeting place in the neighbourhood, whether you're on your way to school, swimming, or other sports activities.
The open school
The school offers public facilities at the ground level. People arrive at an inner central square that links to a café, sports centres and a swimming pool.
A large staircase leads to a four-storey workshop tower, where classrooms gather around an urban space that can be used for project work, exhibitions, and experiments. From here you can find your way to the school's teaching departments.
Through this approach, we want to emphasise the workshops as a backbone of the school’s project-oriented teaching concepts and make the school's teaching concepts visible.
Broad involvement process
The project is developed in dialogue with a diverse group of stakeholders from the City & Port, Child and Youth Administration, Leisure and Cultural Administration, the local resident's association, neighbours and users as well as the City's Development with whom we have worked out a district development plan.