International School Ikast-Brande, Ikast, Denmark
Exemplary design categories: access, comfort, community use and involvement, cost efficiency, flexible learning settings, furniture, library/media/resource centre, multi-sensory environment, music and theatre facilities, outdoor spaces, science laboratoriesHow the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
The international school in Ikast-Brande has been designed like a small town, with individual volumes located around a square and winding streets. The new building, located as an addition to an existing educational complex, includes a school, after-school and kindergarten. Inside the two-storey building of light brickwork, there are omnipresent views to the green landscape and a pleasant natural light influx, creating a bright and friendly environment for the children and staff. The window openings are placed in a pixelated and lively pattern that allows natural light deep into the rooms - and opens the views for big and small alike. Centrally located in the school complex is a long superstructure with a curved form. The superstructure contains ventilation systems and skylights, and is clad in translucent facade panels and double-glazed windows, respectively. The curved form is continued in the sinuous balconies framing the central square, which acts as a multi-purpose space for drama, music, dining and lectures as well as the main social space. The surrounding park-like landscape is partially designed as shady woodlands, with embedded playgrounds and playing fields, and a smaller screened area for the kindergarten.
Involvement of users and the local community in the planning and design process:
User and community involvement were upheld continuously during the design process, on a workshop and public consultation basis. Both the development of the brief and the actual design work involved user contribution and feedback. Today, the school has become a symbol of pride in the local community, and a gathering point for various events involving both the parent community and the wider public.
Activity Areas: Flexible Classrooms Open learning landscape/multi-purpose spaces Knowledge centre/library Sports/play grounds
Project costs: EUR 3,217,352.00