Graphics in elementary school: The writings on the wall

The graphic identity is used for signage and glass markers outside as well as inside. In the classrooms, the graphics unfold through literary quotes and scientific doctrines and formulas, all of which have been carefully selected and adjusted to the specific subject and year level. Principal Jette Bjørn Hansen explains:

“We have emphasized the importance of all the academic environments to indicate a certain identity. Traditional academic classrooms such as physics, chemistry, arts and crafts, etc. all have their own physical configuration explaining which learning activities are intended to take place in the room. Now we are in a process of looking at which artifacts will support other academic environments in a way that makes it even more clear, what the purpose of the classroom is.”

A complete experience

The graphic identity of Frederiksbjerg School is, just as the rest of the building, made from a series of keywords including openness, movement, variation, and learning. By using and mixing different variations of the Devinyl font, Henning Larsen’s team of graphic designers has crafted a playful, dynamic, and ever changing graphic expression in colors complimented by the interior of the school.

“The graphic expression reflects the school’s values and their legacy. The consequent implementation creates a strong identity and coherence throughout the building which offers children and adults a complete experience when they enter the school”, Lead Graphic Designer Bodil Nordstrøm, Henning Larsen Architects explains.

The close cooperation between the architects and the graphic designers adds great value to the project, Nordstrøm points out:

”Being co-located gives us a thorough understanding of the building and its concept. Everything is integrated with the architecture. The decoration helps break down large surfaces and makes the school appear more human-scaled. Further, we avoid traditional signs and other alien elements.”

Previously this year, Frederiksbjerg School was awarded Danish School Building of the Year 2016. A book about the creation of the school and the final result is currently in the making. The layout of the book is also by Henning Larsen Architects.

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