Beginning in September of 2016, Lillebaelt Academy will welcome 3,000 students to their new state-of-the-art facilities in Odense, Denmark. The ambition is to set a sustainable example. Teachers and students from every department should be able to use the new campus to illustrate a number of sustainability best-practices from applications as far-ranging as production, technology, foods, process, building and energy.
Henning Larsen Architects’ proposal therefore integrates good, sustainable solutions into every aspect of the new campus. Each day, the students will be met by innovative installations, constructions and materials, giving them the unique experiences of seeing theories and materials applied in the real world. The students will also be involved in the sustainable operation of the campus.
To date, the design team has been working with a series of concrete solutions and options for building integrated initiatives within education. One of the solutions, “Inspect the solar cells”, provides access to the solar cell installations of the buildings so that students can study them up close and understand how they work.
Another solution experiments with phytoremediation. This project explores the ability of certain plants to effectively clean polluted soil. In this experiment, students will be able to collect and analyse the toxic content of the plant residues and carefully follow the process for cleaning the soil of an industrial or brownfield building site.
Aside from strengthening the interrelationship between learning and physical surroundings, all the innovative initiatives meet a series of further demands, which are expected to be part of a future DGNB certification system for Schools. Thus, existing DGNB standards have been used actively as a design parameter throughout the process.