Blaagaard Children's House

Project information

  1. Location Copenhagen‚ Denmark
  2. Area1.500 m²
  3. Construction cost30 mill DKK

Project details

  1. Year2019 — 2021
  2. StatusCompleted
  3. Partners JL Engineering
    Anders Christensen Aps
  4. Client Gladsaxe Municipality
  5. Enquiries Susanne Hansen
  6. Scope Education environments
    Interior design
    Wayfinding and signage
    Landscape design

Blaagaard Children's House is a reimagined children's centre in the heart of Copenhagen, meeting the diverse needs of its young inhabitants. This architectural marvel seamlessly integrates interior and exterior spaces, providing a dynamic environment for growth and learning.

Through a comprehensive renovation, expansion, and a steadfast commitment to sustainability, the former Blaagaard Seminarium (teacher training college) has blossomed into a cutting-edge and sustainable centre, catering to eight groups of children.

The new kindergarten has been transformed from the former Blaagaard Seminarium, designed by Clemmensen in 1961. The existing buildings appear as a modernist concept of harmoniously coherent school buildings, made up of rectangular volumes with horizontal window bands, unbroken wall surfaces and staggered roofs with overhangs.

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Outdoor adventures

The playground's organic design includes spaces for a wide variety of activities and adventures, arranged in zones based on age.


Many of the existing solid materials have been reused in new additions for their interesting patination and minimal maintenance. The buildings have also been energy renovated to contemporary standards. For the interior, we selected recycled furniture from Gladsaxe Municipality's warehouse, which has been repainted and given new life.

Because of these sustainability choices, the project is the first renovation in Denmark and the Nordic region to have a Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

Aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the project is also a good example of reusing existing buildings for new purposes and initiatives to promote biodiversity in the area.