Copenhagen International School - Nordhavn

 Copenhagen International School - Nordhavn. C.F. Møller. Photo: Adam Mørk

Client

Property Foundation Copenhagen International School (ECIS)

Address

Copenhagen, Denmark

Size

26000 m², with room for 1200 students

Year

2013-2017

CIS Nordhavn is a new school building for Copenhagen International School, which is located on a prominent site in Copenhagen's new Nordhavn district.

The school is designed to link the school premises with the public sphere in the urban environment, and give the school an open ambience. The promenade outside the school will become an urban port-side space providing opportunities for relaxation and various activities.

The main school building is subdivided into four smaller towers, each specially adapted to meet the needs of children at different stages of development. For example, the classrooms for the youngest pupils are particularly large: A full range of functions will take place in and around the classroom, each of which has designated green spaces and areas with drama/performance facilities, PE, etc. The towers have from five to seven storeys. The subdivision of the school into four units also creates identity and makes it easier for people to find their way.

All four school units are built on top of the ground-floor base, which contains common and more extrovert activities, including a foyer, sports facilities, a canteen, library and performance facilities. The common areas will be open for school and local community events. The base includes a shared roof terrace which will function as a school playground for the whole school – and as a secure environment for the youngest pupils in particular.

The school building’s unique facade is covered in 12,000 solar panels, each individually angled to create a sequin-like effect, which will supply more than half of the school's annual electricity consumption. The solar cells cover a total area of 6,048 square meters making it one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark.

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Team

Engineering

Niras

Architect

C.F. Møller Architects

Landscape

C.F. Møller Landscape

Awards

  • European Architecture Award - Urban Development, finalist. 2017
  • ICONIC Award - Architecture. 2017

Energy and sustainability

High performance thermal insulation

Daylight

Photovoltaic cells / solar heating

Ventilation

Passive solar design

Energy efficient design

High insulation values

Low energy windows

Green Roof

LCA

Sustainable planning

Rainwater harvesting

Prefabricated components

Flexibility

LED

Healthy building

Noise minimization

Natural ventilation

Low-energy standard (2020)

References

  • 2017 Byggeplads #2, p. 6-11
  • 2017 Byggeri #3, p. 10-12
  • 2017 mondoarc #98, p.52-58
  • 2017 The Plan #098, p. 98-106
  • 2017 WALLS&ROOFS magazine #1, p.44-45
  • 2016 Dagens Byggeri, #8, april 2016, p. 14-15
  • 2015 Byggeri + arkitektur, p.58-59
  • 2015 Identity Magazine #144, september 2015, p. 32-33

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