C.F. Møller Architects and MT Højgaard win high school project
The assessment committee and two boards were unanimous in appointing the project, which will provide space for approximately 1,350 students and 150 staff from the summer of 2021, when the city's two colleges - Horsens Gymnasium and Horsens Statsskole - will finally come together at a single address.
“We are really excited to be named winners and look forward to the upcoming collaboration to build the common vision for the expansion together with MT Højgaard, Horsens Gymnasium and Horsens Statsskole,” says Klavs Hyttel, partner and architect at C.F. Møller Architects.
The extension includes a new building of approx. 6,300 m² over two floors and the future principal of Horsens’ new high school is very excited:
“We will have a modern teaching building with bright and inviting subject rooms, lots of light, space for group work, a "subject square" for the individual subjects and a meeting room with 1,500 seats. At the same time, it is an aesthetically pleasing building that complements the neoclassical style of the existing buildings, and we will pass on a beautiful school to the generations to come,” says Flemming Steen Jensen, who is the current principal of Horsens Statsskole.
He adds that in the negotiations with MT Højgaard and C.F. Møller, input from the high school's neighbours and others, were taken into consideration in terms of the parking structure and height of the building.
“It has been a tremendously exciting task to solve and we were able to see a great commitment to the project from the developer, right from the start. This good foundation has clearly been a factor for us in our work to create an extension that both architecturally fits the Statsskolen's beautiful, classic buildings, but can also help create the framework for the new traditions and high school cultures that arise as a result of the merger,” says Klavs Hyttel
Integrating the new and the old
The new wing will accommodate teaching rooms for the social and natural sciences as well as laboratories. The entire project creates a cohesive unit and a symmetrical expression for the entire high school; an extra sports hall is also included in the project.
An architect and professional judge on the evaluation committee Per Fischer says MT Højgaard and C.F. Møller's proposal for the new building at Horsens Gymnasium & HF:
“The extension creates a structural unity that integrates the new and the old both respectfully and harmoniously. Out of the new unity comes a new high school, which both fulfils the desire for a modern institution, where professionalism is supported by subject clusters with rooms or learning stations; and, at the same time, the classical roots are maintained both in terms of architecture and in connection with the educational city of Horsens.”
The new construction at Horsens Gymnasium & HF is budgeted at DKK 148 million - the next step is planning and municipal preparation of the local plan. Flemming Steen Jensen hopes that the first shovel can break ground in September 2020, so that the new wing is ready for the start of the school year in August 2021.