The School in the City
The design and position of the school have been carefully planned to interact with the existing buildings and create urban spaces on a human scale. Experiences, passageways, smooth transitions between indoors and out, urban life, and spaces for socialising are a top priority.
In terms of space, The European School will be a 5-storey block. To the south, the ground floor will be connected to the School’s freestanding sports hall. Between the School and the sports hall, there will be an expansive, public, urban landscape. The ‘floor’ of the City from Ny Carlsberg Vej to Franciska Clausen’s Plads will continue through the school on two levels: through the large open canteen on the ground floor; and through a public urban landscape above the roof of the canteen. On the ground floor, the School’s more public, communal facilities will be an extension of the City’s space, creating an active peripheral zone.
The open ground floor and the public roof landscape will help create an identity and urban life in an educational universe, in which zones for contemplation, discussion, and physical expression will be an integral part of both The European School and the neighbourhood. Conversely, though, it will also encourage the residents of the neighbourhood to come in, making it easy to use the School’s facilities for a wide variety of purposes.
The School is designed with large spatial variation, featuring close interaction between indoors and out. On Franciska Clausen’s Plads the building will open up towards the City in a playful, multi-level learning landscape. With an architectural reference to the artist who gave the square its name, the area will have a unique character and identity.
The sports hall will be positioned to serve as a covered expansion of the square: a direct continuation of the City’s floor.