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Nyboder School Multiroom

This multi-use indoor athletic facility offers young people some much-needed space for physical activity.

Nyboder Elementary School, near Østerport Station, has growing pains. As more and more families choose to stay in the city, more pupils are flocking to its schools. This has created problems finding enough space at Copenhagen schools like Nyboder Elementary School. To help solve these problems at Nyboder, a multipurpose hall was built on the plot between the school and the Free Exhibition Building. The multipurpose hall is the first part of a major project that will include installing floor slabs in two old gymnasiums, transforming them into special-subject rooms.

The multipurpose hall was conceived as a hybrid between a building and a ball court. Together the indoor and outdoor facilities have a curved shape reminiscent of a gigantic guitar. The shape was chosen to emphasize that the multipurpose hall is not just a court for traditional ball games, but can also be used for many other types of physical activity.

The space lies on top of a big bunker that was built during the German Occupation in World War II as a control center. The bunker's two-meter-thick concrete roof and walls made excavation for the multipurpose hall problematic. On the other hand, it made it possible to install a special ventilation system that exploits the bunker's low temperature in the summer and pumps cool air into the hall above.

Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014