”The architecture of the learning lab unfolds as a game of scrabble, opening up an endless number of possibilities..”

Nærheden School was commended in the Civic & Community category AR Future Projects Award in 2019 at MIPIM

Nærheden School

The future of learning

The new multipurpose school and communal house for learning in Høje-Taastrup municipality, in central Zealand can house 1500 students, it includes an integrated daycare, a sports hall and cultural facilities for the surrounding community. The architecture is designed to shape the future of learning, which means that the building itself works as a pedagogical tool, unfolding numerous possibilities for experimentation based on 21st century learning skills, defined as science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. The overall structure is created as a grid, which can integrate a number of elements and functional requirements, without compromising the overall architectural concept. Outside, the structure weaves into the surrounding area with a variation of open, semi-open and closed features, creating a playful transparency that invites both nature and people inside. Here, the Learning Loop – a vertical connection of stairs and pathways for climbing – unites smaller and larger atriums, which offers access to exhibition areas, fab-labs and maker-spaces.

We’re getting a fantastic house for learning that meets our vision for a school with a great professional level of knowledge. A learning environment that stimulates and grants all children and young people, regardless of their background, the opportunity to explore ideas and give them an outlet to their creative instincts, as a part of solving real life problems.” – Michael Ziegel, Mayor of Høje-Taastrup Municipality.

How the project addresses the Sustainable Development Goals

In the project we have worked with issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the project was not designed to address the global goals. We have worked with issues related to: SDG 3: Good Health and well-being, SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure, SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production, SDG 13: Climate action, SDG 14: Life below water, SDG 15: Life on land and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.

ClientHøje-Taastrup Municipality
Area15.500 m²
LocationHøje-Taastrup, Denmark
CollaboratorsKjaer & Richter Architects, 1:1 Landscape, Oluf Jørgensen A/S
ImagesEDiT - architectural visualization studio