The new housing wing for Skovskolen (The Forest and Landscape College of the University of Copenhagen) will be incorporated into the existing college facility, whose beautiful wings are a classic example of Gerdt Bornebusch’s mellow architecture, which interacts harmoniously and simply with nature.
Skovskolen, at Nødebo in the northern part of Zealand, is a series of wings in black-painted timber, located in a glade in Gribskov Forest near Esrom Lake. The buildings are positioned in a north-south direction, and between the buildings, there are squares and open-air workspaces.
The majestic, clear stem standard pine trees serve as excellent partitions between the buildings. The two-storey building will be topped by a roof in black roofing felt with mouldings, which will scale down the expansive roof surface in a rhythm that corresponds to the tree trunks in the forest.
An important part of the design of the housing wing will be its interaction with the existing buildings in the area. The simple façade will maintain the architectural tradition of Skovskolen but in a contemporary idiom. The building will be constructed with a black timber façade, exhibiting a clear affinity with the other college buildings. The cladding will be 6-inch vertical boards with mouldings, which, like the mouldings on the roof, will break up the surfaces of the façades. Just as through the forest trees, the sun’s rays will be dispersed by the windows of the building, producing a fluctuating, sensuous light.