Solar-powered School of the Future
2.6.2015 | The new C.F. Møller-designed Copenhagen International School in the northern Docklands combines modern educational architecture, sustainability and an environment adapted to the students' age groups. In addition, the unique solar façade of the project has just been revealed by the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.
Since January this year, construction of the new school has been ongoing, and the site and design of the new campus was officially introduced in a ceremony this week.
"We are really excited to showcase the construction of the school. It's a great experience to help create a whole new urban area here in the North Docklands, where the school will be a central focal point. The school in itself is such an attractive buildings that we hope it will be an inspiration for other educational institutions both in Denmark and abroad, " said Chairman of the Property Fund of the Copenhagen International School, John Bo Jacobsen.
Revealing the school's sustainable façade
At the presentation of the construction site, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen revealed the school building’s unique facade. A mock-up section of the facade demonstrates how the building will be covered in 12,000 solar panels, which will supply more than half of the school's annual electricity consumption. Frank Jensen revealed the facade with the words:
"Copenhagen wants to be a world-class educational city. This also requires an international school, which is on par with other notable international schools around the world. The Copenhagen International School will undoubtedly help to attract highly educated foreign labour to Copenhagen, because we can now offer a strong international community with a clear sustainable profile centred on the new Copenhagen International School,” stated Lord Mayor Frank Jensen.
One of the largest Solar Facades
The solar cells will cover a total area of 6,048 square meters, making it one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark, estimated to produce about 300 MWh per year. In addition to contributing to the school's green profile, the solar cells also form a permanent part of the school’s curriculum, allowing students to monitor energy production and use data in physics and mathematics classes.
"We are proud that the construction of the new school will enable us to show how innovative architecture can integrate in our teaching principles. The goal of the school is to enhance students' skills in an international environment so that they become responsible citizens of the world with a focus on sustainability", says Brit van Ooijen, Chairman of the Board of the Copenhagen International School.
The 25,000 m2 school building will be Copenhagen's largest school, and accommodate 1,200 students and 280 employees. The school is expected to complete in January 2017.