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  7. Creativity within Clear Frames / White arkitekter

Creativity within Clear Frames / White arkitekter

  • 01:00 - 19 November, 2014
Creativity within Clear Frames / White arkitekter
Creativity within Clear Frames / White arkitekter, © Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

© Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oslo, Norway
  • Design Team

    Thomas Landenberg, Karin Jakobsson, Karin Sjödin, Jeroen Matthijssen, Lars Zackrisson, Christian Wahlström, Lena Osvalds, Mikaela Åström Forsgren, Daniel Hultman
  • Area

    7200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

Text description provided by the architects. In an old industrial town, Strømmen, some 20 kilometres from Oslo in Norway, White arkitekter has completed a new secondary school, Bråtejordet Skole. It is the first development in a new residential area. The school provides an innovative learning environment within a traditional education framework.

© Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

White won the project through a design competition competing against 28 local Norwegian practices. The winning scheme “Rammer og nivåer” (frames and levels) was highly commended for its holistic approach.  The proposal is founded on clear structures, where spatial thresholds serve as natural boundaries, between school and community as well as between different parts of the school. This creates a calm and secure educational learning environment – entirely in line with the desires of the school leadership – which allows students to focus in their study.

Creativity within Clear Frames / White arkitekter, © Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

The transition from the town to the classroom takes place via four distinct spaces: Tunet (the yard), Platået (the plateau), Boksen (the box) and Rommet (the room).

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Tunet is the changeover zone, where you leave the surrounding community and enter the active schoolyard. It is lined with trees providing a clear demarcation and is divided into fields that allude to the surrounding agricultural landscape, with a social area incorporating picnic benches and a stepped seating stage in the area sheltered by the L-shaped plan of the building.

© Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

The next level, Platået, is the school’s entrance concourse, which is raised on a plinth 1m above the street. Large glazed wall sections provide views out across the surrounding landscape and the expansive high ceilings are animated with a pattern of roof lights which flood the room with daylight. Design workshops, music studios, a library and administration are organised around this central room, creating a dynamic space that functions as foyer, canteen and assembly hall.

Section
Section

The upper level, Boksen, is divided into zones for each year group, incorporating dedicated teachers' offices and break areas as well as separate staircases leading to the circulation areas on the ground floor. In Boksen, the views are framed and the learning environments are less open than on the entrance floor, creating a more focused environment for study.

© Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

Finally, Rommet is the homeroom. Each one forms the nexus of a unit incorporating an adjacent breakout space, toilet and student lockers. All classrooms face the cooler points of the compass, away from the schoolyard, in order to optimize the conditions for concentrated teaching.The building has an L-shaped plan which encloses the south facing yard. It is characterised by the zigzagging form of its roof which creates a strong saw tooth silhouette referencing Strømmen’s industrial history, whilst also forming very spacious interiors with very high ceilings.

© Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

Our client, Skedsmo municipality, wanted a school for the future with a 100-year viability in terms of functionality, educational environments and long-term sustainability. The combination of spatial planning, material choices and energy strategies has resulted in an predicted annual energy use of 79 kWh/m2, equivalent to Norwegian Energy Class A.

Section
Section

High quality hard-wearing materials are specified throughout. The load bearing partition walls are made of cast concrete. Expansive floor to ceiling glazing combined with a light terrazzo floor creates a light and bright interior, which merges with the pale concrete of the yard creating a seamless transition from outside in. The school’s folded roof is covered in verdant Sedum to reduce rainwater run-off, and punctured with skylights to bring in natural light. The dark exterior consists of corrugated, pre-patinated copper, a living material which ages beautifully. The reflections of morning light in the copper greet students and teachers each morning.

© Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

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Cite: "Creativity within Clear Frames / White arkitekter" 19 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/568159/creativity-within-clear-frames-white-arkitekter/> ISSN 0719-8884
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