Gallivare, Sweden might be known for its reindeer, but it's gradually undergoing an urban transformation. Liljewall Architects in collaboration with MAF architects have created Kunskapshuset (House of Knowledge), a new school, for the archetypal "arctic city."
The mission was to create a sustainable, functional and architectural whole. A school that is welcoming, accessible and safe - a flexible and beautiful environment equipped to meet the future needs of change and development - noted the architects on a recent press release.
In an effort to reflect the surrounding environment, the school looks to the subarctic vegetation and site conditions. Through its varied heights, House of Knowledge respects and interacts with its neighboring buildings.
Locally produced wood material mixes with Malmberget-mine concrete to form the foundation and floor structure of the school. The interior of the structure was created with laminated wood columns and wood beamed ceilings.
In addition to a cafe and reception area, the central hub of the building is designated by a "social staircase," which leads to different classrooms and units. Stunning views of the well-known "Dundret" ski resort can be seen from the fifth-floor terraces.
The school projected opening is fall of 2019.
News via: Liljewall Architects