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issue 46 - October/November 2018
CURVE magazine cover October/November 2018
Architecture  Focus  

SOLAR POWERED LEARNING

Sunlight Empowers Pupils

Copenhagen International School is a new building which will be located on a prominent site in Copenhagen's new Nordhavn district. The 25,000 square meters building will be Copenhagen's largest school, and accommodate 1,200 students and 280 employees. The modern educational architecture is designed to link the school premises with the public sphere in the urban environment, and give the school an open ambience. The promenade outside the school will become an urban port side space, providing opportunities for relaxation and various activities.

The main school building is subdivided into four smaller "towers", ranging from five to seven storeys, each specially adapted to meet the needs of children at different stages of development. For example, the classrooms for the youngest pupils are particularly large: A full range of functions will take place in and around the classroom, each of which has designated green spaces and areas with facilities for drama/performance, physical education and more. The subdivision of the school into four units facilitates community, identity and easy wayfinding. All four school units are built on top of the ground floor base, which contains spaces for common activities, including a foyer, sports facilities, a canteen, a library and performance facilities.

The classroom units can thus be closed off outside normal school hours, while the common areas will remain open for school and local community events. The base includes a common roof terrace which will function as a school playground for the whole school and the youngest pupils in particular. The elevated playground provides a secure environment, which prevents students from coming too close to the water or from straying off the school premises.

The school building's unique facade will be covered in 12,000 solar panels, each individually angled to create a sequin like effect, which will supply more than half of the school's annual electricity consumption.

The school building's unique facade will be covered in 12,000 solar panels, each individually angled to create a sequin like effect, which will supply more than half of the school's annual electricity consumption.

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