BIG just broke ground on the daylit, vortex-shaped Marknagil Education Center, which is set to be one of the biggest buildings on the Faroe Islands. The center was designed in collaboration with local architects Fuglark, and it will combine the Faroe Islands Gymnasium, Torshavns Technical College and Business College of Faroe Islands in one building.
Located on a hillside 100 meters above sea level with a panoramic view overlooking the water, mountains and harbor of Torshavn, the 19,200-square-meter facility was designed as a vortex that radiates out towards its surroundings while also focusing in on the school’s inner landscape. A stepped interior reflects the undulating Faroese landscape with its plateaus, stairwells and terraces.
The building will serve as a base for 1,200 students and 300 teachers and it will have a seminal role in the future development of all educational programs in the region.