Søndervangskolen has worked with the acoustics, air, light and colours in connection with the various phases of the renovation project. A 1.2 km ‘movement path’ has transformed the long and monotonous corridors into an active part of the school with activity zones that can be used for teaching, during breaks and after school hours.
Troldtekt acoustic panels have been installed throughout the school, while specially designed box rooms with climbing ropes and play equipment feature custom-painted acoustic panels. Special zones have been created, where background music subdues unnecessary noise to help pupils concentrate on their schoolwork.
“The sound level and the choice of materials are key to ensuring a conducive learning environment. It’s not that the children are noisy, but there is naturally a high level of background noise in schools.”
The physical environment also has implications for vandalism. The level of vandalism at Søndervangskolen has declined sharply, and in the past five years has basically been non-existent.
“Everything plays a role. Improving the physical facilities has really helped, because even though the school is open to the local neighbourhood, and we have invested considerable sums in various equipment, we don’t experience any vandalism. At the end of the day, if you like a place, you are less likely to want to ruin it.”