Nordahl Grieg High School / LINK arkitektur

  • 04 May 2013
  • Educational Selected Works
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Architects: LINK arkitektur
Location: Steinsvikvegen 430, 5239 Rådal,
Area: 14000.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Hundven-Clements Photography, Courtesy of LINK arkitektur

Client: Hordaland County Municipality, Norway
Interior Design: LINK arkitektur AS

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From the architect. Link Arkitektur AS has a long tradition in designing school projects.

The project Nordahl Grieg high school with its 14’000m2 is the result of a 1.prize in an EEA design competition in 2006.The school was completed in 2010.

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The main aim of Link Arkitektur AS is to design projects which maximize the quality of the situation and the community. To achieve this we amongst other things focus highly on environmental issues and universal access and use. 

To design a high school in on the west coast of Norway means to build an ideal place for studying and free time activities in a region with dark winter months and rain approximately 240 days each year!

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The building consists of two large volumes jointly positioned, with sport facilities in one volume and the educa­tional part in the other one. There is a copper roof folded around the building body and inserted glass facades with colored prints to create life.

A mostly transparent facade utilizes the precious sunlight. The randomly distributed strong coloured windows, glass doors and accentuated placed furnishings create striking interior contrasts and a friendly ambience.

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The entrance hall is the central nerve connecting the different studies and common rooms. Designed as a landscape over three levels it offers various indoor meeting and studying areas which can, in addition be used for celebration, concerts, theatre and school gatherings.

The traffic structure is easy to read and the layout of the teaching area very flexible for different pedagogic approaches. The common rooms can be rented out individually.

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The buildings shape with its dynamic lines, overhanging façades and the coloured windows symbolize the dynamic, energy and light heartedness of the youth pupils.

Pre- patinated copper and glass are the main materials in the façades.

Indoor or outdoor, the school areas are designed to enable universal access and use, and offer up to 800 students a variety of different spaces for studying, relaxing, celebration and sport.

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