Wooden kindergarten building with grass roofing
The kindergarten has high ceilings for more spaciousness. Photo: KANT architects

Sustainability at Østerbro

New kindergarten constructed in wood focuses on sustainability and activities

At Østerbro in Copenhagen, a new large outlying kindergarten constructed in wood and providing space for play in a sustainable environment has opened.

In May 2013, the former day-care institution at Rymarksvej 131 on Østerbro, Copenhagen, burned down and left an empty site. Now the new sports kindergarten Rymarksvej has opened on the site, and seven groups of children aged 2-6 have moved into the new building. The day-care institution serves as an outlying kindergarten for a total of 154 children. The entire building has been designed with focus on sustainability, play and other activities, and is a pilot project under the DGNB certification scheme (Green Building Council Denmark).

KANT architects have been main consultant on the project, while NIRAS has provided consultancy, design in 3D, and prepared regulatory compliance review and supervision with all engineering disciplines, including facilities, structures and installations.

Focus on sustainability

NIRAS has also facilitated a DGNB screening in order to obtain a sustainability certification for the institution at silver level. The approval is on its way. The focus on sustainability in the whole process is reflected in the choice of wood as construction material in that this material supports a good indoor climate, ages gracefully and can withstand the daily use.

The kindergarten is now covering 1,000 m2 and twice as large as before and covers a large natural area for the children to play in. In addition, the kindergarten can make use of a large conservation area run by the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs.

Closeness and activity areas

The kindergarten is functionally divided into activity-based areas and quiet areas with high ceilings for greater spaciousness. It combines the presence in the individual rooms and the larger activity areas with the outdoor areas, which invites to play and do other activities.

The kindergarten is also a good example of a green and sustainable institution for the same amount of money as an ordinary kindergarten.

NIRAS also acted as consultant for the City of Copenhagen on the demolition and disposal of the burned building.