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Bernadotte School extension / Tegnestuen Vandkunsten

  • Architects: Tegnestuen Vandkunsten
  • Location: Hellerupvej 11, 2900 Hellerup, Dinamarca
  • Architects: Tegnestuen Vandkunsten
  • Engineers: Moe & brødsgaard
  • Client: Bernadotteskolen
  • Contractor: DrivhusEffekten ApS
  • Area: 253.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk

From the architect. Vandkunsten has completed an extension to the small, alternative Bernadotte School north of Copenhagen. The school is housed in a couple of old villas that have been added to over the years, creating a labyrinthine teaching environment full of character but lacking in facilities and basic outdoor spaces.

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

Vandkunsten’s new building adds a library, a gym with stage facilities and extends existing classrooms and workshops while new roof terraces leave a larger and more articulated playarea for the kids. All new spaces tie into existing access and circulation.

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

Construction is lightweight in wood and steel and insulation values are high. While the project accepts the labyrinthine as a fundamental quality of the place, a degree of visual coherence has been achieved with vandkunsten’s trademark black cladding – and with the stainless wires in place for the three kinds of creepers that have been planted along the new house.

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