Colour is a recognised stimulant in the design of educational facilities, with bright hues proven to elevate moods, simplify way-finding, and stimulate the mind. C. F. Moller’s renovation and expansion of Denmark’s oldest school – Sølvgade School in Nyboder, Copenhagen – is a prime example of a sensitive injection of colour into a traditional urban realm.
Constructed in 1847, Sølvgade School is a treasured listed building in Denmark’s capital, surrounded on all sides by historic buildings and leafy public parks. C. F. Moller has introduced a hit of pastel colour into this traditional environment, taking reference from Nyboder’s muted palette and slanted architectural forms to create a classic extension with a modern twist.
Architect and Partner at the firm Lone Wiggers explains: “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.”
2,100 sq m of the original 1847 volume has been carefully renovated to bring it in line with contemporary standards and the complete facility extended with a 2,400 sq m colour-panelled unit encased in a glossy glass facade. This double glazed exterior plays a large part in the sustainability of the project, acting as a solar screen, dampening street noise, and circulating the air within the building back out into the street with a natural chimney effect.