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Sølvgades Skole
Sølvgades School
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DESIGNER
 
 
C.F. Møller
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DESCRIPTION
 
C.F. Møller Sølvgades School CopenhagenDenmark’s oldest school, the listed Sølvgades 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 has carefully renovated the school and done an extension which in its form and colours is true to the surroundings, but also adds a modernistic twist to the school.
"The idea has been to create a building that speaks the language of the children - colourful and musical. At the same time the building should correspond to and integrate with the historic surroundings," says architect and partner Lone Wiggers. 


Sølvgades 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.
A lively, modernistic twist
C.F. Møller Sølvgades School CopenhagenThe new six-storey building with its striking glass façade gives Sølvgades School a lively, modernistic twist, but with its slanted shapes and colour scheme relating to Nyboder's pastel shades, 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 and dynamic learning environment.
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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
C.F. Møller Sølvgades School CopenhagenThe 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.

All in all the school is a good neighbour. Considering not only its own natural lighting needs, the building preserves the light for surrounding buildings. This thoughtfulness continues through the rest of its form. While maintaining its modern sensibilities, the building borrows colours, proportions and references from the historic surroundings. The structure respects existing patterns by changing rooflines to connect a historic side street building to façades on the other side of the block.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Hovedstaden
Municipality
Copenhagen [København]
Town
Copenhagen [København]
District
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Address
Klerkegade, Kronprinsessegade (Sølvgade)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Education buildings
Schools
Operations on existing buildings
Renovation, rehabilitation and restructuring
Extension, superelevation
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2005     project winner of competition
Realisation
2009 - 2012
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CLIENT
 
 
Københavns Kommune
Københavns Ejendomme
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
total sq.m. 4,500

renovation sq.m. 2,100
new build sq.m. 2,400
Floors
6 levels
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Esbensen Rådgivende Ingeniører and Sloth Møller
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
C. F. Møller Architects
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Adam Moerk
Drawings, renders, models © C.F. Møller Architects
Text edit by C.F. Møller Architects
Courtesy by C.F. Møller Architects

C.F. Møller Sølvgades School Copenhagen



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