The firm of architects Henning Larsen has an impressive number of international projects under its belt – Seoul Valley in South Korea, Cockle Bay Park in Sydney and the Harpa concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavik, to name but a few. In Denmark, the company is behind the striking Moesgaard Museum and the modern inner-city school Frederiksbjerg Skole in Aarhus. And now it can add an extension to Feldballe Friskole in Rønde on Djursland to its portfolio.
Even though it is on a completely different scale to the company’s usual projects, Henning Larsen decided to come on board given their interest in sustainable building. Magnus Reffs Kramhøft, an architect at Henning Larsen, was responsible for the project of designing the extension, which was completed in autumn 2019. He says:
“We chose to participate in the project as we are very interested in and devote considerable resources to sustainability. In recent years, we’ve taken a radical look at the materials we usually use for our projects, and have tried to think along more sustainable lines. Feldballe Friskole gave us the opportunity to test things out on a smaller scale, but our hope is that the experiences can be scaled up to whole and bigger buildings in future.”
Feldballe Friskole wanted an extension that could convey what sustainability is all about to its pupils, and an extension with a healthy indoor climate, a beautiful architectural design and, not least, a positive climate footprint. Therefore, the team had to rethink every single building part, walls, roof and foundations, and try to come up with new and sustainable solutions.