Gallery: Green-Roofed Sydhavn School Will Terrace Elegantly Down to Cop...

This brilliant new school in Copenhagen’s burgeoning sustainable neighborhood of Sluseholmen will be the first school building in Denmark to comply with new Danish energy standards. With rooftop gardens and play areas, a community cafe and even a dockyard, JJW Arkitekter's Sydhavn Skole (South Harbor School) won the city competition it was entered in for good reason. Perhaps inspired by the Oslo Opera House or BIG's 8-Tallet, the mixed-use complex connects students, parents, boatmen and teachers to the adjacent harbor by elegantly terracing down into the water.

Extending into the water, the school and adjacent sports center connect with the harbor like a ship alongside a quay. The buildings open up to the sea with terraces placed at various levels to provide rooftop space for games, gardening and other active recreation. The small vegetable gardens will not only provide a breath of fresh air, but also a chance for children to learn why greens are not gross out in the open.

Special-use rooms such as ones for needlework and woodwork will be placed on the ground floor of the dockyard, ensuring easy access from both the street and the water.  Building projects can be constructed in the schoolyard and then set afloat as soon as the paint is dry.


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1 Comment

  1. XenoSilvano June 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    That stair way looks a little dangerous.

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