The new build Frederiksbjerg School in Aarhus, Denmark, is designed to inspire the children to move and play throughout the day. The ambitious design innovates the traditional school design and rethink how children go to school.
The school is dedicated to the youth and children of the local area. It aims to give children as well - as adults - an ideal environment for unfolding and learning. In the design of the building the architectural focus lies in numerous spatial qualities such as daylight and materials creating an environment that invites learning through movement and sense-perception.
Research shows that a physical active day improves the schoolchildren’s learning and well-being. As part of a healthy and effective learning environment, the 900 children can play and enjoy the school’s 40 activity areas, e.g. parallel with the school’s main stairs, the children can climb a climbing wall instead of taking the stairs.
The school is organized around a center atrium where the clusters of the building join together. The clusters are built around a shared center-room encouraging various activities and study areas. The activity areas focus on learning through movement and play. These areas are specifically fitted to the different age groups. The classrooms are located in the clusters of the building and each classroom has its own group room and the design upholds different learning phases.
Frederiksbjerg School is the first new-build school located in the center of Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark, in approximately 100 years. The district is mostly characterized building blocks in red bricks. To keep the connection to the area, the school has been built in reused bricks from old buildings from the neighborhood.
Outside school hours, playing fields and sports halls are open to the public and the local sporting associations.