C.F. Møller Architects just won the competition for Denmark's Herningsholm Vocational School, a progressive structure that integrates sustainable building and landscape elements into a contemporary learning environment. Following the belief that physical environments have a significant impact upon student learning, the architects created an ecologically sensitive design that not only facilitates learning in the classrooms, but in outdoor urban spaces as well. As expected of C.F. Møller, the angular building will also incorporate a series of smart energy efficient features such as low-e windows, green roofs, and rainwater reservoirs.
Located in an existing campus cluster of educational buildings, the approximately 50,000 square foot Herningsholm Vocational School is designed as a standalone structure that brings together three building volumes beneath a sloping green roof. C.F. Møller Landscape, the firm’s in-house landscape architecture division, also created three outdoor learning spaces that include the Plaza, a major gathering space with rainwater infiltration and retention systems; the study garden, a quiet and meditative green space; and a front garden, a semi-public area that can be directly accessed from the ground floor classrooms.
To create a flexible learning environment, the interior spaces feature mobile furnishings that can easily transform the size and function of a classroom. The classrooms are centered on a unifying common space that offers typical amenities such as study corners and a student café as well as adjustable furnishings for flexible spatial use. Outside, the building facade comprises massive pre-fabricated fiber cement panels punctuated by large glazed openings for natural daylighting as well as tall bronze-anondized aluminum shutters that add warmth to the composition. The Herningsholm Vocational School is slated for completion in summer 2016.