Frederiksbjerg School in Aarhus

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Frederiksbjerg School is the first new-build school located in the center of Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark, in approximately 100 years.

The school is organized around a center atrium where clusters of the building meet and join together. Shared practical rooms, laboratories and learning kitchens are located in connection with the atrium.

The classrooms are located in the clusters of the building and each classroom has its own group room, which can be accessed from both classrooms and from shared areas. The classrooms are arranged so they uphold different learning phases: A staircase utilized as benches, and a projector make up the area intended for presentations and introductions. The tables and chairs can be moved around, thus enabling the students to study in groups or separately. The window sills are made for quiet studies or breakout spaces from where the students can overlook the school’s terraces and the surrounding city.

The outside areas are supplemented by big terraces on each floor which work as both learning and playing areas. On the rooftop you find playing fields and areas with furniture where you can sit, relax and enjoy the view. Some of the terraces can in addition be used as outside workshops for the classes. All the terraces are open for the public outside of school opening hours.

The facades are made from recycled bricks. The patinated bricks give the building a contextual relation to the historical surroundings and it appears as a lively and dynamic school where children as well as adults can find identity in the design and in the school as a whole.

The school is dedicated to the youth and children of the local area. It aims to give children as well as adults an ideal environment for unfolding and learning.

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Project facts

Project facts

Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Client: Aarhus City
Gross floor area: 15,000 m2
Year of construction: 2014 - 2016
Type of assignment: 1st prize in invited competition
Team: Hoffmann, GPP Architects, Møller & Grønborg, Niras

A healthy school

A healthy school

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The vision for the school has been to create a healthy, inspiring learning and teaching environment centered on the pupils, staff and guests - and where efficiency, comfort and responsibility are key elements. The new building sends a clear signal of Aarhus City's emphasis on sustainability and energy consumption and demonstrates a school that actively contributes to future-proofing the society which the pupils will form part of in the future. The sustainability strategy of the project is based on three central themes: energy, indoor climate and materials.

The completed building will meet the energy requirements of low-energy class 2020 according to Danish building regulations, which has been achieved by taking an integrated energy design approach. The concept design stage has had focus on minimising energy consumption. A number of measures have been incorporated, including a well-insulated building envelope that reduces heat loss by 50 % compared to the 2020 requirements.

A healthy indoor climate is essential for the learning potential and comfort of the pupils. Children simply learn more in a good thermal indoor climate. Thus, it has been important to ensure an indoor air quality that provides pupils and teachers with a good working environment. This has been done by means of passive measures such as building design, orientation, materials and positioning of windows.

The project takes the environmental and health-related impact of materials into account. The existing buildings will be demolished with a view to be re-used and disposed of according to sustainable principles. All materials are selected on the basis of life span, quality, operation and maintenance.

Film about Frederiksbjerg School (Danish only)

Film about Frederiksbjerg School (Danish only)

Daylight and learning

Daylight and learning

Henning-Larsen-Architects_Frederiksbjerg-Skole_Aarhus_Denmark_HuftonCrow_4Daylight is one of the most important influencing factors in creating a beneficial indoor climate. Variety in light intensity, colors and movement are key to the spatial experience.

The design of Frederiksbjerg School focuses on daylight as an ever-changing light source. In the design of the building the sizes of the windows have been graded, being largest in the center of the façade, smaller in the top by the roof and smallest near the ground. The pattern of the window creates a natural diversity in the experience of the daylight in the new building. Similar facade concepts have successfully been used in other educational buildings designed by Henning Larsen Architects.

Starting in January 2017, Frederiksbjerg School will function as a laboratory for studies in the correlation of daylight and artificial light and their significance in a new learning environment. This project is conducted by Henning Larsen Architect's sustainability department working with the Technical University of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and the Danish Building Research Institute.

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Location

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  • Aarhus, Denmark