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An illustration of the new school, Source: JJW Architects

Copenhagen to build state-of-the-art green school

Copenhagen to build state-of-the-art green school

The surrounding nature will be integrated into the school’s activities

On Thursday 26 August, the City of Copenhagen officially began the construction of a new “green” school in Sluseholmen: one of the capital’s new and popular districts. Although this district has attracted many families and children, it does not yet have its own school.

For this reason, the city saw the need to fulfil the increasing demand and establish a state-of-the-art facility with space for 840 children.

A unique design with a focus on nature

JJW Arkitekter and Thing Brandt Landskab worked together to design the new school which will be built by BAM Danmark A/S. The building’s design is integral to its purpose as the school envisions being a “green city school” where the surrounding nature will shape teaching. In other words, the land and water around the building will be integrated into the school’s activities.

The architects have designed a four-storey establishment with green terraces. A sports hall and playgrounds will be built on these terraces, where large glass sections will allow children to marvel at the view of the city and its surrounding nature. Children and Youth Mayor Jesper Christensen commented on the school’s design and purpose, noting:

“The children in Sluseholmen can now start looking forward to having their very own school – and not just any school. Sluseholmen School will be state-of-the-art and will have a super exciting interior that matches the unique district. I am sure that the school will be one of the area’s landmarks, and with the new sports hall, children, young people and adults will also have a new local meeting point.”

To reiterate, construction officially began on Thursday, with 125 children participating in the opening ceremony by symbolically planting 5 trees. The new school is set to open its doors and welcome students in January 2024.  

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