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24 February 2011

BIG architects: vilhelmsro primary school

'vilhelmsro primary school' by BIG architects in asminderoed, denmark
all images courtesy BIG architects

copenhagen-based BIG architects have unveiled their design of 'vilhelmsro primary school',
an academic facility which focuses their curriculum on nature and sustainability in
asminderoed, denmark. taking the undulating hillside of the site as a point of departure,
the design features a series of bands which pleat and crisscross to merge with the surrounding topography.

rendered view of courtyard space

the oscillating roofline is experienced from both the inside and the outside.
outdoor green terraces and courtyard spaces are generated in between buildings.
though all one-storey, the alternating peaks and ceiling heights allow natural daylight
to stream into every class room.  the sod makeup facilitates passive energy measures
such as mitigating heat island effect, acting as thermal mass and evaporative cooling qualities.
rain water runoff is reduced, collected and stored for non-potable usage.
cross-ventilation is also encouraged through operable windows and overlapping openings.

interior of classroom

pleating element translated on the interior

floor to ceiling glazing with operable components

no facade to neighborhood

landscape roof

view to landscape

sustainable properties of green roof
(clockwise from top left) mitigating heat island effect, thermal mass, evaporative cooling, water runoff reduction & storage

(left) day light access
(right) ventilation

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