Copenhagen International School

Copenhagen International School: Nordhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark by C.F. Møller Architects


EMEA Regional Winner: Education


CIS Nordhavn is a new school building for Copenhagen International School, which is located on a prominent site in Copenhagen's new Nordhavn district.

The school is designed to link the school premises with the public sphere in the urban environment, and give the school an open ambience. The promenade outside the school will become an urban port-side space providing opportunities for relaxation and various activities.

The main school building is subdivided into four smaller towers, each specially adapted to meet the needs of children at different stages of development. All four school units are built on top of the ground-floor base, which contains common and more extrovert activities, including a foyer, sports facilities, a canteen, library and performance facilities. The common areas will be open for school and local community events.

The school building’s unique facade will be covered in 12,000 solar panels, each individually angled to create a sequin-like effect, which will supply more than half of the school's annual electricity consumption. The solar cells will cover a total area of 6,048 square meters making it one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark.

Why it won:

“There’s a careful control with how it’s been placed together. It’s incredibly successful” Keith Papa

“For what is externally a very solid building, the quality of light within is remarkable. The building successfully combines the active communal spaces at the base, with the more intimate, learning-centric clusters of the towers. Even within the large expanses of the base plan, there is a sense that every student is considered as an individual, and nurturing space provided accordingly.” Dominique Oliver

“A great programme response to the different needs of the stages and ages of the school. Overall a very nice scheme.” Maria Nesdale

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