LOCATION: Hellerup, Denmark
TYPE: Gymnasium, Multi-purpose Hall, School Courtyard
SIZE: 12,500 SQ. FT.
YEAR COMPLETED: 2013
PROJECT ARCHITECTS: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
PROJECT PARTNERS: CG Jensen, EKJ, H. Helbo Hansen A/S
Signe Nielsen found notable “making use of the building's roof in dense urban areas where every space needs to perform multiple functions. The innovation in this case is that the roof is accessible from the public sidewalk so it becomes an opportunity for added social and active space adjacent to the public realm.”
The design for the multi-purpose space is a response to the local high school’s request for a multifunctional design where its students could socialize and engage in activity. Wishing to have the facility placed in its existing courtyard while maintaining sight lines and connectivity to the existing school building, BIG’s solution was to build the gymnasium sixteen feet below ground. The below-ground, multi-purpose hall minimizes environmental and economic impact, while also serving as a gymnasium and a social gathering space for students. The roof creates a new hilly schoolyard, dotted with furniture, acting as an informal venue for student activity. A new entry to the school removes the preexisting barrier between the neighboring community, which has enabled the school to host community events.
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