C.F. Møller Architects wins new school contract
Klostermarksskolen is a private school in Aalborg, founded in 1871, where personal and professional development goes hand in hand with community and creativity based on proud traditions, combined with modern forms of learning.
C.F. Møller Architects, with a team consisting of the turnkey contractor Magnus Thomsens Eftf. and engineers Frandsen & Søndergaard won the assignment for an extension to Klostermarksskolen, located between Hasseris and Aalborg Vestby.
“The vision for the extension to Klostermarksskolen has been to create a building that, through its architecture, brings to mind the existing building and playfully interfaces with it. The surrounding area is enriched with buildings, each of which has a distinctive and high quality architecture. This is the premise to which the extension to Klostermarksskolen shall adapt,” says Søren Tortzen, who is the architect and head of department at C.F. Møller Architects in Aalborg.
In total, three teams participated in the competition, which was judged after first a presentation and then a negotiation round.
The extension reflects the content
Klostermarksskolen’s new extension has three functions on the respective floors; a multi-purpose hall on the ground floor, a natural science floor and a visual arts floor. The façades directly reflect the features and moods of each floor.
The high interior of the multi-purpose hall is reflected in the façade with large windows that invite the surroundings in and ensure transparency between the city and the school. Towards the school playground, the multi-purpose hall opens up and invites participation in outdoor activities in harmony with an extended activity staircase and the other part of the schoolyard. Here, the brickwork is partly covered with wooden mouldings, which allow the children to experience pleasing materials in their immediate vicinity and also provide a basis for greening the façade in the form of climbing plants.
The natural science floor has a standard storey height and a well-adapted window composition in the façade. The visual arts floor is quite special with a studio-like atmosphere and glossy brickwork with no window openings to the north or south. Two beautiful east-facing skylights ensure good working light for the art rooms and create the right artistic atmosphere. The skylights appear as very distinctive roof shapes that give the building its identity but at the same time reflect its function. A dedicated floor - like a loft - offers the children a special and secluded place to be creative.
Work will begin here in the spring of 2020 and is expected to be completed in the autumn of 2021.
Contribution to Aalborg's development
C.F. Møller Architects has contributed to Aalborg's positive development and is behind the new Waterfront and Culture Bridge over the Limfjord, among other projects. The company has also helped to improve housing and the quality of life in Aalborg East with, among other things, the renovations of Sundparken and Magisterparken, both of which received national and international awards.
Current projects include North Harbour Promenade, the DLG silo and the V-houses, all of which are attractive housing projects on the Limfjord. The design studio is currently working on the development of the landscape, urban space and construction of the Stigsborg Waterfront - a brand new district on the 'sunny side' of Aalborg.
Known for schools
Over the years, C.F. Møller Architects has distinguished itself in designing schools and educational institutions. Among the most recent completed projects is Copenhagen International School, a sustainable and spectacular school covered with 12,000 solar panels and Tiunda school in Sweden. Ongoing school projects comprise New Islands Brygge School in Copenhagen and Glemmen School in Norway. In addition, C.F. Møller has designed several universities and higher education institutions. These include Aarhus University, which is in the Danish architectural canon, the Faculty of Engineering at SDU and Biomedicum in Stockholm for the Karolinska Institute, which is known for awarding Nobel Prizes in medicine and psychology.