Andrew Michler

BIG's Angular Green-Roofed School Blends Into the Environment

by , 12/07/10
filed under: Architecture, green roof

environmental education curriculum, Asminderod, rainwater catchment, school daylighting, school green roof, Bjarke Ingels Group School, Denmark green building,

Bjarke Ingels Group recently unveiled a proposal for a school in Asminderod, Denmark that is topped with a series of undulating green roofs. The bands of greenery create an immersive landscape for the children that compliments the school’s focus on nature and sustainability. The building themselves are remarkably energy efficient and make great use of daylight. The school features a variety of green building techniques that teach environmentalism by design, including water catchment, biodiversity preservation, and minimal site impact.

environmental education curriculum, Asminderod, rainwater catchment, school daylighting, school green roof, Bjarke Ingels Group School, Denmark green building,

The peaked roofs are offset from each other, creating spaces for large windows that saturate the interiors with sunlight. Rooms are connected by intersections within the building’s bands. The result is a series of spaces both intimate and large. Natural cooling is provided by a displacement system that removes warm stale air from on top and replaces it with fresh air cooled by the local landscape.

We’ve seen a lot of green roofs lately for a good reason. They help cool and insulate buildings, control rainwater runoff, and add much needed biodiversity. BIG‘s proposal takes the unusual step of setting up the roof be a part of the school grounds, providing a diverse environment for kids to explore. The entire project blends man-made structure with nature as an exploration of what lessons can be learned from building with the environment.

+ Bjarke Ingels Group

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  1. johntarantino1 December 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I love this concept. I’ve always wanted to have my very own Earth Home one day, they seem to be so much more energy efficient and practical. I just don’t see how a new architectural style of homes getting built like this will ever catch on, at least here in the US. I am hopeful, though, that one day a developer will catch the idea and move us all to a more sustainable way of constructing new homes. As a collective society, we all have to bare in mind the environmental issues that are present in our modern day lives. I also try to discuss some of these topics @ http://www.theenvironmentalblog.org . Thanks for the great post. =)

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