A new chapter for Copenhagen International School began, when the school opened its doors for the first time last week. The new school building, which is built exclusively from sustainable elements, will play a vital role in preparing its students for a global future with focus on sustainability.
Copenhagen International School is not a new school institution. The new aspect is the 25,000 sq.m. school building in Copenhagen's Nordhavn quarter, built to house Denmark's largest international school.
"The new building gives us the space to welcome even more Danish and international students, and we can offer modern teaching matched to the students and their age and grade levels," says Jennifer Weyburn, Director of Copenhagen International School.
NIRAS has, along with the architectural company C.F. Møller, been consultant for Ejendomsfonden Copenhagen International School, ECIS, and has been an integral part of the design and supervision team for the construction of the school.
"We wanted to create a sustainable educational flagship in the heart of Copenhagen’s Nordhavn that in a persuasive way brings every side of the new quarter to life, using a transparent and open base and a façade that, due to its functionality and aesthetics, is an innovative landmark in the new quarter," says Mads Mandrup, architect and partner at C.F. Møller.
Optimal indoor climate
NIRAS has delivered all of the consultant engineering services, including coordination, assessment and calculation of site environmental conditions as well as the challenge of the building being placed on a waterfront in a new and expanding harbor development area.
There has also been focus on giving the building an optimal indoor climate, which is an important precondition for the students learning.
“We have drawn on many of NIRAS’ core competences to solve this exciting project. It has been fantastic to be part of a first mover project of this size and complexity with such high demands for cooperation,” says Project Director Andrew Ferguson Dunn from NIRAS.
A sustainable and innovative construction
The 25,000 sq.m. school building is situated on the waterfront in Copenhagen's Nordhavn quarter, on a specifically built extension – surrounded by the sea and coming green areas, and close to the planned new Metro station in Nordhavn that will open in a few years' time.
The building comprises four towers, stacked asymmetrically on the building's base. The four towers are designed to match the students' age and grade levels. The building's facilities include three full-size basketball courts, a theatre with space for a large audience, and adjacent rehearsal rooms.
Another unique aspect of the school building is the façade, consisting of 12,000 solar panels, covering a total area of 6,048 sq.m., making it one of the world's largest solar panel systems integrated into one building.
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The solar power façade has been developed in a system and design, which is an important feature of the buildings architecture and expression.
“In cooperation with suppliers, we developed a panel in greenish shades and in quadratic shapes which has been mounted with small palettes and four degree displacements on the facades of the building, “ says Project Manager Thomas Kudahl Jensen from NIRAS and continues:
“It is now possible today to design these systems with a sound economy. I am convinced that we, in the future, will see even more solar power systems fully integrated into the design of our buildings.”
Rich on school-references
With Copenhagen International School, NIRAS secures its position as consultant on school constructions. The latest additions to the long list are the school in Sydhavnen, Frederiksbjerg School in Aarhus, VIA University College in Aarhus and a school in the Russian city Irkutsk located in Siberia.