Denmark's largest and most sustainable international school has opened

Denmarks largest and most sustainable international school has opened - C.F. Møller. Photo: Adam Mørk

7.3.2017 | Today, a new chapter begins for Copenhagen International School when the new school building in Copenhagen's Nordhavn quarter is officially inaugurated. 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. Today, the building will be officially opened by Princess Benedikte, Minister of Education Merete Riisager and Mayor of the City of Copenhagen Frank Jensen.


"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.


"The inauguration of the new school building is an important milestone in the school's history," says Brit van Ooijen, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Copenhagen International School.


"It's seven years since we decided to move, so that we could expand our capacity and meet the demand for international schooling in Denmark. We're therefore very pleased to declare the school officially open today."


Sustainable and innovative construction
The 25,000 sq.m. school building is situated on the waterfront in Copenhagen's Nordhavn quarter, on a man-made peninsula – 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 in one building.


"We wanted to create a sustainable educational flagship in the heart of 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.

Ambitious school project
Ejendomsfonden Copenhagen International School, the property fund which has managed the construction project, has also been looking forward to this day. Now, they can officially hand over the building to the school and thank the business community and the foundations that have supported the project.


"We've come to the end of a major ambitious project. Besides the scale of the building and the innovative architecture, it's been a fantastic experience to be part of establishing an international school in a whole new quarter, like Nordhavn. We've been looking forward to this day and officially handing over the building to the school and would like to thank the many contributing parties that have made this new building possible," says John Bo Jacobsen, Chairman of Ejendomsfonden Copenhagen International School.



Copenhagen International School (CIS)


  • CIS was founded in 1963. Today it is Denmark's largest international school.
  • Until January 2017, the school's activities were divided between two locations: a school building in Hellerup and a school building on طsterbro.
  • The school's students are aged 3-19 and come from more than 80 different countries. Most of the students have parents who work for international companies and organisations in Denmark.
  • 20% of the school's students are from the USA, 13% from the UK, and 20% from Denmark.
  • Today the school has 930 students and 180 teachers. The new school building can accommodate 1,200 students and 280 teachers.
  • CIS is an IB World School.


Copenhagen International School Nordhavn


  • The new school building has an area of 25,000 sq.m.
  • Each section of the school has its own tower: Early Years, Primary School, Middle School and High School, and each section has its own design, colour and layout designed for the individual ages and grades.
  • Most of the classrooms are placed in the building's corners, to optimise daylight and views from several sides. The classrooms are equipped with large modern, interactive high-resolution smartboards, and they have plenty of space, with high ceilings.
  • All artificial lighting is LED-based, and teachers can manage the colour temperature and intensity.
  • A total of 12,000 solar panels cover the new school.
  • All interiors are in natural materials: the floors are of oiled oakwood, sofas are upholstered in wool, and bookshelves are solid bamboo. In the longer term the school's toilets will be flushed with recirculated water.


Parties behind the building


  • Client: Ejendomsfonden Copenhagen International School (ECIS). ECIS is a commercial non-profit foundation established in 2012, among other things with the objective of building a new international school.
  • Lessee: Copenhagen International School (CIS).
  • Architect: C.F. Møller Architects
  • Engineer: NIRAS A/S
  • Major contractors: Per Aarsleff A/S, Eiler Thomsen Alufacader, Consortium KT DTEK.



  • The total price of the construction of the 25,000 sq.m. campus is over DKK 500 million. 
  • The building is partly financed with donations from foundations of over DKK 350 million – from A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (the A.P. Møller Foundation), the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the Villum Foundation,
  • Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S // D/S Orients Foundation, the Hempel Foundation and the Augustinus Foundation – of which the A.P Møller Foundation accounts for a donation of DKK 200 million and the Novo Nordisk Foundation for DKK 100.1 million. In addition, mortgage have been taken out from Danske Bank to cover the remainder of the financing requirement.


Subscribe to newsletter

Win award for Best Healthcare Development

16.3.2018 | C.F. Møller Architects receive the MIPIM 2018 Award for ‘Best Healthcare Development’ for the Maersk Tower in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen International School wins Commendation

12.3.2018 | From 234 worldwide applications Copenhagen International School was recognized as a project that makes a significant contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment. Commendation level schemes demonstrate a good standard of architecture or design, whilst being sustainable, accessible and provide a positive civic contribution.

Double win at the WAN AWARDS 2017

2.3.2018 | C.F. Møller Architects’ Copenhagen International School and Greenwich Peninsula Low Carbon Energy Centre awarded at the ceremony in London.

Planning approval for a new mental health hospital

27.2.2018 | A new mental health hospital designed by C.F. Møller Architects, with a strong focus on healing architecture, is now one step closer to being realised following a unanimous planning approval from the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames.

Win competition in Iceland

26.2.2018 | C.F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Arkthing have won a competition for a new building for the Icelandic bank, Landsbankinn.

Meet C.F. Møller at MIPIM 2018

21.2.2018 | C.F. Møller Architects will be participating at MIPIM 2018. See who is going.


14.2.2018 | The Galten quarter in Lund, Sweden, is to be developed, and with its proposal of a mini-city, where good neighbourship and green surroundings are in focus, C.F. Møller Architects is one of the last two finalists that can win the assignment.

Selected for an adaptation to climate change

8.2.2018 | Over the next four months, together with other experts from Denmark and the Netherlands, C.F. Møller Landscape will develop new ways to protect the centre of Randers against storm surges. This is being done as part of an EU project with the aim of making the city resilient against storm surges, without creating barriers to water and nature.

2nd Prize in International Competition

30.1.2018 | Pleased to share our proposal for the new HQ for The International Telecommunication Union in Geneva that balances clear requirements for security with a transparent appearance in dialogue with the city.

Green light for new London Resource Centre

30.1.2018 | In collaboration with Lambeth Council, C.F. Møller Architects is now one step further to building a new resource centre for adults with learning disabilities at Coburg Crescent in Lambeth, South London.


29.1.2018 | C.F. Møller Architects wins a new framework agreement with for renovation projects in western Denmark.

Partner Tom Danielsen to retire

29.1.2018 | After 35 years at C.F. Moller Architects, Tom Danielsen is to step down as a partner and retire.

Central Station Lund - Competition Win

24.1.2018 | Elding Oscarson + C.F. Møller have in a joint effort created the winning proposal for a new Central Station in Lund, Sweden, in a parallel commission for Jernhusen.

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter in collaboration with C.F Møller Architects wins an international competition for a new high-rise building and station in the centre of Oslo

23.1.2018 | The project is called "Nordic Light" and was picked as the winner for such qualities as its ability to adapt to the area, while serving as a clear landmark that can help to develop the site and infrastructure in Oslo.

Copenhagen awards a prize to Maersk Tower

7.12.2017 | Maersk Tower has been awarded a prize by the Foreningen Hovedstadens Forskønnelse (Association for the Beautification of the Capital) for being a magnet for international research, its harmony with the surroundings and its ability to create community between people.

Kick-off for visionary climate project

27.11.2017 | ’Storkeengen’ (Stork Meadow) is a new landscape project that, like an architectural multi-tool, creates cloudburst and storm flood protection, strengthens urban nature and brings the town of Randers even closer to the Gudenå River. In cooperation with Orbicon, C.F. Møller Landscape has developed the project for Randers Municipality and Vandmiljø Randers.

The Maersk Tower awarded for its innovative facade

24.11.2017 | The Maersk Tower by C.F. Møller Architects wins the European Copper in Architecture Award 2017 for the tower's innovative and sculptural facade.

The Maersk Tower wins award

17.11.2017 | C.F. Møller Architects has been announced as the winner in the category Higher Education & Research with the just completed Maersk Tower in Copenhagen.

Energy savings in innovative office building in focus

9.11.2017 | A new report, made by Ekolab in collaboration with ELFORSK, on alternative and energy-saving methods for establishing cooling as part of the thermal comfort of buildings, highlights Aarhus Municipality's innovative office building designed by C.F. Møller Architects as an example of how energy consumption can be greatly reduced while improving the indoor climate.

International Healthcare Award for AUH

2.11.2017 | The Aarhus University Hospital (AUH) by C.F. Møller Architects, Cubo and Schønherr Landscape has been announced as winner of the prestigious Building Better Healthcare Award for Best International Design.

New Head of HR

23.10.2017 | Danish Christina Riddersholm will start in the position of Head of HR on 24 October.

C.F. Møller Design wins the German Design Award

20.10.2017 | C.F. Møller Design wins the German Design Award 2018 for a newly released cutlery set designed for Danish aida.

Modern and Democratic Learning Environment Awarded

3.10.2017 | The Herningsholm Vocational School in Herning, and the Cultural Bridge in Aalborg, a new cycling and pedestrian connection across the Limfjord, are both projects by C.F. Møller Architects which have been awarded on the occasion of the international Architecture Day October 2nd.

Inauguration of new state prison

26.9.2017 | Denmark’s new state prison, Storstrøm Fængsel, will be inaugurated on Wednesday, 27 September. Designed by C.F. Møller Architects, the prison combines extremely high levels of security with humane surroundings, focuses on resocialisation through architecture and is also a pleasant, state-of-the-art workplace for employees.
Show more