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Education Centre
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DESIGNER
 
 
BIG | Fuglark
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DESCRIPTION
 
Competition
BIG Fuglark Education Centre FaroeBIG, in collaboration with Fuglark, Lemming & Eriksson, Sámal Johannesen, Martin E. Leo and KJ Elrad design the new Education Centre in Marknagil situated on a hillside on the outskirts of Torshavn, to serve as a base for coordination and future development of all educational programmes in the region. As the largest educational building project in the country’s history, the institution combines Faroe Islands Gymnasium, Torshavns Technical College and Business College of Faroe Islands in one building, housing 1.200 students and 300 teachers. The winning design was chosen among five submissions by an unanimous jury, comprised of an architect, representatives from the Ministry of Culture and Landsverk together with principals from each of the three schools and COWI.

"Ever since the first presentation, the team demonstrated a good grasp of the assignment. The design appeared clear and thought through already early in the process, with a good communication of the projects’ functionality."
[The Jury of the Faroe Islands Education Centre]
Vortex
BIG Fuglark Education Centre FaroeLocated on a hillside, 100 m above the sea level with a panoramic view overlooking the sea, mountains and harbor of Torshavn, the project is designed as a vortex, radiating out towards its surroundings while at the same time focusing in on the school’s inner landscape for learning the lessons of life.
Each institution is organized as a school in a school with ideal conditions for each, while creating a sense of community for learning and life. The generous surroundings provide unique opportunities to shape the school from the inside out ‐ as a functional sculpture formed by the schools internal needs.
Form follows Function
BIG Fuglark Education Centre FaroeEach school will function independently comprising the space it requires with room to grow in the future. Additionally by combining the three schools under one roof they will create the synergetic effect of a vertical campus. At the school’s heart is an open rotunda space, creating a natural gathering point across floor levels and academic interests. A stepped interior reflects the undulating Faroese landscape with its alternating plateaus, stairwells and terraces serving different social and academic activities.

"The school is a pedagogical diagram turned in the form of a building in the open hilly landscape formed by the considerations to the internal functional needs rather than external limitations. The architectural expression of the new Education Centre in Marknagil captures the essence of: form follows function."
[Bjarke Ingels, Creative Director, BIG]

“The architecture of the school emphasizes an educational equality, with lobbies and the central rotunda space promoting a sense of community across the three different schools.”
[Jakup Pauli Johannesen, Partner, Fuglark Architects]
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Faroe Islands [Føroyar/Færøerne]
Isle
Streymoy
District
Streymoy
Town
Tórshavn
Place
Marknagil
Address
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TYPOLOGY
 
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Education buildings
Universities, colleges
Schools
Other education centres
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Education buildings
Libraries, archives and documentation centres
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Commercial buildings
Bars, cafeterias
Sports buildings
Gyms and swimming pools
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2009     project winner of competition
Realisation
2010 - 2014
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CLIENT
 
 
Mentamalaradid (Ministry of Culture) / Landsverk
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 19,200
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STAFF
 
Principal-in-charge
Bjarke Ingels
Project leader
Jakob Lange
Project management
David Zahle
Project architect
Johan Cool, Ole Elkjær‐Larsen
Design team
Finn Nørkjær, Ken Aoki, Takumi Iwasawa, Oana Simionescu, Frederik Lyng, Christian Alvarez Gomez, Gaetan  Brunet, Todd Bennett 
Consultants
Lemming & Eriksson
Samal Johannesen
Martin E. Leo SP/F
KJ Elrad Radgevandi
Verkfroedingar  
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CREDITS
 
 
Drawings © BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Text edited by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Courtesy by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

BIG Fuglark Education Centre  Faroe Islands



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