JVA see the potential in a 1960’s building to design a new vibrant school to cohere with it
Oslo International School is a 3 900 sq m private school with 500 children from more than 50 different nations, divided into kindergarten, reception, primary and secondary school.
The existing structure from the nineteen sixties was worn down, but had obvious architectonic qualities. The organization on one level gives easy orientation, good natural lighting and a close contact to the outdoors. The new structure gently transforms the easy organization within a limited budget, and tries to keep the inherent qualities. The primary goal of the building project was to upgrade existing areas, replace temporary structures and establish new educational areas for specific needs.
The project is divided into 3 phases to make possible continuous use of the school during the construction period.
Phase 1 is established as pavilions within the existing atrium. They include science laboratories, library and a main “square”. The architecture is developed as a new vocabulary of soft and organic forms, softening dense spatial relationships between new and old areas. Daylight fills the rooms from narrow slits from floor to ceiling combined with circular roof lights.
Phase 2 is a separate pavilion for the smallest children. It houses 10 classrooms in addition to offices. The common areas get daylight from the atrium. Sizes of rooms are flexible and can be changed according to number of children on each level.
Phase 3, under planning, will house new areas for drama, music and physical education. Parts of the areas will be open at night.
Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects began the project in 2006 and construction is set for completion in 2009