The A.P. Møller School. C.F. Møller. Photo: Poul Ib Henriksen

The A.P. Møller School

The A.P. Møller School is a new Danish co-educational school for the Danish School Association of Southern Schleswig. The school includes students up through the final year of upper secondary school. The school is situated at a scenic site in Schleswig and has been designed on the basis of a clear and simple fundamental concept.
 The A.P. Møller School. C.F. Møller. Photo: Poul Ib Henriksen


The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation


Schleswig, Germany


15,000 m²


2006-2008 (follow-up and part deliveries 2009-2012)

Client consultant

Maersk Construction (project and construction management)


Rambøll A/S


C.F. Møller Architects


Kessler & Krämer Landschaftsarchitekten


Olafur Eliasson

  • RIBA Award. 2010
  • Worldwide Brick Award. 2010
  • Finalist for the BDA Architecture Award Große Nike. 2009

The building is structured around two large, central spatial elements, one containing common areas with a canteen, reception hall and knowledge centre on three storeys, and the other being a larger sports and multi-purpose hall with three arenas. A large, sloping copper roof connects these two spatial elements, with the masonry being built with yellow bricks. The school’s physical location and design take a point of departure in the site’s interaction with the town of Schleswig and Slien Fjord, as well as in the desire to create timeless architecture.

By grouping the traditional classrooms around the assembly hall and the common functions, a simple basis has been created for daily freedom of choice in the form of teaching, as well as a high degree of interdisciplinary co-operation between the various subject groups. Not only the classrooms, but also the entire school provides a teaching environment for individual work, group work and plenary sessions.

The school's interior openness and organisation provides a starting-point for modern, democratic teaching in a varied educational environment.

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