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Ørestad High School

Ørestad Upper Secondary School is set to become the first of its kind in Denmark to equal architecturally the new visions of content, organization and learning systems.

Ørestad High School (Ørestad Gymnasium) is the first school in Denmark with an architectural design that corresponds to the new visions on content, subject matter, organization, and learning systems that are part of the Danish reforms for high schools that came into effect on August 1, 2005. Flexibility and openness are key words for the new building, which has open rooms, subject zones, and niches for creativity and concentration. The school is located across from the Fields' shopping mall, close to Ørestad Metro Station.

Traditional spaces such as classrooms and lounges no longer exist in the high school of the future. Instead, the building is divided into four "study zones." Each has its own floor, each designed like a boomerang and staggered from the others like a shutter on a camera. The floors are linked by a wide, spiral staircase that winds up toward the roof terrace. The staircase is the main axis in the tall foyer - the X-zone - and creates physical and visual links between the different study zones, supporting an interdisciplinary approach.

Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014