Solar-powered school of the future

Nick Myall
Thursday 02 Jul 2015

Danish school building’s unique facade will be covered in 12,000 solar panels

CIS Nordhavn is a new school building for the Copenhagen International School which will be located on a prominent site in Copenhagen's new Nordhavn district. The 25,000 m2 school building will be Copenhagen's largest school, and it will accommodate 1,200 students and 280 employees.

The modern educational architecture 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”, ranging from five to seven storeys, each specially adapted to meet the needs of children at different stages of their development.

All four school units are built on top of a two-storey base, which contains common and more extrovert activities, including a foyer, sports facilities, a canteen, a library and performance facilities.

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 metres, making it one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark, estimated to produce over 200 MWh per year.

 

Nick Myall

News Editor

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