We're designing the first Nordic Swan Ecolabel Primary School in Denmark

In collaboration with SKALA Architects, BO-HUS, ETN Arkitekter, Autens and MOE, we have won the competition for a new school in Sundby on Lolland-Falster. With the awarding of the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the school ensures both a healthy and productive learning environment for all its students.

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Learning above all

 “We decided early in the creative process that the new school had to be one with the landscape and that the field we work in is between learning and landscape. It is not just about the learning that takes place in the building, but the entire route to and from the school, and the way the school connects to the local community,” says Eva Ravnborg, Project Director, Henning Larsen.

The school must express dignity and quality, and this must be felt both when you arrive at the school and on the journey through the interior of the house.

The school has a great variety of flexible spaces - inside and out – that will become a tool for new ways of learning and working. The new school in Sundby is a school for everyone regardless of skills, mobility, strengths and weaknesses.

The New School has been awarded the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, making it the first Primary School in Denmark to achieve this status. The label is awarded based on a variety of environmental considerations that include both sustainability factors such a low-emissions, energy consumption, and waste as well as other health factors such as ventilation, daylight, noise, and chemical exposure.

The House of the City

New School in Sundby has been prepared with a clear vision to create a school that will be able to strengthen and build a bridge between the local community, Sundby's associations, sports and cultural life as well as create space for valuable teaching and form the optimal framework for the school employees. The new school will have additional functions such as a library, café, sports activities and a music school that are centrally located and outward facing and invite the local community inside, after school hours. The school forms the setting for cultural and social events around the clock.

“With New School in Sundby, there is a unifying urban, landscape and social ambition that over time will grow larger than the sum of the individual elements. The school will be the house of the city - a new landmark on Lolland-Falster,” states Eva Ravnborg, Henning Larsen.

The house is located on the edge of the city and the nature has a great potential to draw the history and landscape within, and at the same time encourage spontaneous and integrated movement. The children can have learning experiences that contribute to their creative development and are not a usual part of the schedule in primary school. The house looks as if pushed up from the ground with a roof that forms a hill, a lookout point, which offers a wide view of the landscape.

The first Nordic Swan Ecolabel Primary School of Denmark

In Denmark, each child will spend around 11,000 hours of their lifetime in school. Daylight, humidity regulation, acoustics and air quality help to create a good indoor climate where school students and teachers thrive. We believe that a healthy environment as essential for learning. The new school in Sundby will therefore be the first Nordic Swan Ecolabel Primary School of Denmark. The new school in Sundby complies with the energy requirements for low energy class 2020 according to BR18. The façade, interior panels and terrace boards are Nordic Ecolabelled and trace-certified according to FSC or PEFC.

When the school in Sundby opens its doors, it will have a capacity of approximately 580 children and 100 employees spread over two floors. The school's building structure is intended to have a high degree of flexibility so that functions can immediately change location and layout as needs evolve, just as a future expansion from two to three stories was envisaged in the project from the start. This ensures Sundby is a school that can stand as a modern, flexible, and sustainable lighthouse for many years to come.


Learn more about the Nordic Eco-Label here

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