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Educational architecture and a sustainable future

The design of the school and classroom has an important impact on pupil and teacher wellbeing and possibilities for classroom interaction. With simple approaches, which do not have to be expensive, architects and teachers can improve the climate and therefore improve rooms and optimise them for teaching. 

The architecture and spatial qualities of educational facilities have an enormous influence on the behaviour and learning of pupils and students. The design of the school and classroom has an important impact on pupil and teacher wellbeing and possibilities for classroom interaction. With simple approaches, which do not have to be expensive, architects and teachers can improve the climate and therefore improve rooms and optimise them for teaching.

We have collected a number of cases on how Danish Architectural Firms uses architecture and spatial qualities of educational facilities to create value for pupil and teacher with less impact on the climate. The examples show how green architecture can attract employees, students or visitors and affect behaviour, working conditions and satisfaction and eventually help generate significant economic value. For example at Copenhagen International School in Nordhavn students are educated for a global future and with focus on sustainability meanwhile DTU Compute works with green, sustainable solutions from top to bottom

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Copenhagen International School – Nordhavn 

A textbook exampel of sustainability. Students at Copenhagen International School in Nordhavn are educated for a global future and with focus on sustainability. 

At Denmark’s largest and most sustainable international school, innovative and green solutions pervade the building and teaching. Copenhagen International School in Nordhavn is an innovative flagship for teaching sustainability, and the 1,200 students are taught in classrooms and learning environments in which indoor climate and the green transition take centre stage. There is a play of light in the facade’s 12,000 solar panels, and the panels ensure that the sun’s energy can be exploited as it moves across the sky during the day. 

Photo: Adam Mørk

FACTS 


Location Copenhagen
Function School Construction
Completed 2017
Architect C.F. Møller Architects    
Landscape C.F. Møller Architects    

 

DTU Compute 

A green innovation community. DTU Compute works with green, sustainable solutions from top to bottom. learning and green solutions go hand in hand, and the architectural design integrates a multitude of climatestructural and energy-technology solutions. 

At DTU Compute plants and trees contribute to better learning and wellbeing. On the ground floor, 30 trees provide clean air and help the building breathe. A hybrid ventilation system – developed by the university’s own researchers – makes sure that the building uses 95 % less energy compared to traditional ventilation systems. Rainwater is collected in underground water containers and then used to water trees and flush toilets. The interior landscape is like a green oasis, with trees that fill the rooms and improve the indoor climate by cleaning the air, absorbing heat in summer and adding humidity in winter. 

Photo: Adam Mørk

FACTS 


Location LyngbyTaarbaek
Function Teaching
Completed 2013
Architect Christensen & Co., Kragh & Berglund Landscape Architects

 

Fredensborg School Vilhelmsro 

The school in the forest – an environmental role model. In the Municipality of Fredensborgthey succeeded in transforming Fredensborg School Vilhelmsro into a strong role model for future climate-adapted school buildings. 

Fredensborg School Vilhelmsro is located between suburbia and the surrounding landscape. The project integrates several climate-friendly solutions, such as green roofs, geothermal heating and local rainwater management. The rainwater is collected and led into a newly established retention pond. Today, the fauna and flora around the pond have become an integral part of the school’s outdoor learning spaces. The buildings are connected via skywalks at first-floor level, allowing the local community to pass through the school’s areas and use its recreational landscape. 

Photo/Cover: Rune Johansen

FACTS 

Location Fredensborg
Function Education Construction
Completed 2013
Architect RUBOW architects
Landscape Lassen Landscape A/S

 

 

 

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