C.F. Møller Architects' pixelated façade generates a powerful secret
There is an influx of new architecture in the Danish capital right now and, in the midst of the building rampage, European firm C. F. Møller – with six offices spanning the continent – inaugurated the city's largest school last month. The 25,000 sq-m complex will host 1,200 students, ranging from preschool and primary education to middle school and high school.
The massive volume creates a new landmark on the water’s edge of Copenhagen’s northern district of Nordhavn and the visual impact is extraordinary. At first glance, the building’s façade appears to be covered in a pixelated array of blue, teal and turquoise tiles which glimmer in the sunlight and attract anyone who likes shiny objects. The cladding is far from a mere aesthetic fancy, however, as each element is actually a solar panel. The 12,000 individually-angled cells will ‘supply more than half of the school’s annual electricity consumption.’ The architect continues: ‘It is one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark.’
Founded in 1963, Copenhagen International School’s new building comprises four ‘towers’, ranging from five to seven storeys, which each accommodate one of the age groups in its own dedicated section. The units are built on top of a grounding base which includes the communal facilities, such as the foyer, sports centre, canteen and library. It’s not all just about classrooms and homework, though. ‘The classrooms can be closed off outside normal school hours,’ the architect explains, ‘while the common areas remain open for evening events. Additionally, the promenade outside the school will become an urban port-side space, providing opportunities for relaxation and various activities.’
Location Levantkaj 4–14, Copenhagen, Denmark