Following the completion of the Gammel Hellerup High School multi-purpose hall designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in 2013, a new 1,400 sq-m building for cultural activities has just been inaugurated by the school's art and sports enthusiasts
A new two-level addition to Gammel Hellerup High School — set just north of Copenhagen in Denmark — is providing the school's students with generous spaces for social and creative learning, while increasing the capacity of the school in response to its growing popularity. The construction, which started just as a multi-purpose hall designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, was completed
and unveiled in late 2014.
"We are all incredibly excited to finalise the last phase of the expansion with a complex that not only provides the necessary space and facilities for our students, but also with abundant opportunities for outdoor adventures," says Jorgen Rasmussen, principal of the Gammel Hellerup High School. "We could not have hoped for a better addition to (our) school."
Originally a building adjacent to the campus, the gymnasium facilities had become insufficient; Gammel Hellerup High School lacked a large multi-functional space for physical activities, graduation ceremonies and social gatherings. In response, BIG's design drew its signature curve from the physics of a handball being thrown.
Placed 5m below ground in the school's courtyard, the hall is passively temperature-controlled and does not impose on its context. Above ground, the hall's softly curved roof is an informal meeting place. The edge of the roof is designed as a long social bench, perforated with small windows to provide natural daylighting below.
This is a preview of the “The reconfiguring the sum of its parts" article from the July 2015 issue of Perspective magazine.
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