Denmark’s oldest school, the listed Sølvgade School built in 1847, close to King Christian IV’s famous historic naval barracks, Nyboder, in Copenhagen, has for many years been lacking space and modern facilities. C.F. Møller Architects has carefully renovated the school and done a striking extension which in its form and colors is true to the surroundings, but also adds a modernistic twist to the school.
© Adam Mørk
Sølvgade School is surrounded by historic buildings and parks like Nyboder, the Castle of Rosenborg and its surrounding gardens, called Kongens Have. Nearby is the significant, modernistic residential complex, Dronningegården (1943-58) by architects C. F. Møller and Kay Fisker.
The new six-storey building with its striking glass façade gives Sølvgade School a lively and dynamic expression, but with its slanted shapes and colour scheme, it also corresponds with the historic surroundings.
Inside, the floorplan layout twists and angles, walls are sloping, and the coloristic colour scheme continues, linking inside and outside and creating an inspiring learning environment.
The unusual double layering of the façade creates a highly insulated building, minimizes traffic noise, and functions as vent stack for natural ventilation. The hybrid ventilation concept combines natural and mechanical ventilation to minimize the use of energy and create the optimal indoor climate crucial to a learning environment. All in all, the energy consumption does not exceed 68 kWh/m2/year.
Client: The City of Copenhagen and Københavns Ejendomme
Size: 4500 m2 (renovation 2100 m2, new build 2400 m2)
Address: Sølvgade, Copenhagen, Denmark
Construction period: 2009-2012
Architect: C.F. Møller Architects
Engineering: Esbensen Rådgivende Ingeniører and Sloth Møller
Photographer: Adam Mørk