Sydhavnsskolen: "The City into the School"

A large city like Copenhagen is always expanding, and expansion means higher demands in development with innovation and invention. Those two points are well covered at Sydhavnsskolen.

The innovative school opened in 2015 at the Copenhagen south harbor area and has a capacity of 840 students. The school is an extraordinary concept in itself and is developed and designed by JJW Architects with the theme “The school in the city – the city in the school.” The school is located in a very cultural part of the city, thus it was important that the architecture matched the area. 

– We bring the school into the city while also bringing the city into the school. We almost let the city streets continue through the school on one side, while we at the harbor side open up the school completely. Here, we make the roofs of the school part of the city space by molding the building so that it’s possible to walk on it. And inside we mold the school so that class rooms and common areas can accommodate the city in the best way outside of the school’s regular hours, said architects and associate partner Lars B. Lindeberg from JJW Architects.

A school in Five Floors.
Sydhavnsskolen’s impressive construction is built in five floors and has an area of approximately 10.000 m2. Because of its location, the school has a specific focus area; the sea.

– The school has special focus on the natural sciences and with its location right by the water the focus is on the maritime, according to the municipality of Copenhagen.

Another extraordinary feature of the school is that it doesn’t just hold regular class rooms; it also holds a production kitchen and cafeteria, a large dentistry, health care center, and a shipyard. The shipyard holds workshop subjects and it allows for larger projects by the students.

Hudevad Radiators became a part of the exciting project when deliberations regarding heating began. Overtemperatures in schools are often a big problem because of many large glass walls, which generate extreme heat on sunny days and a great deal of cold draughts on chilly days. 

– The developer wanted heating from radiators, which is still the preferred heating source, because it can adapt temperatures very quickly, said Filip Rosenberg, Technical Project Manager at Hudevad Radiators.  

The classic convectors that are often used in those situations were unwanted because they don’t fit in well at school environments.

– The architect wanted convectors in all hallway areas – they are very reactive and can heat up large glass walls. But the stumpy convectors are not particularly popular because they often end up being used for seating and other things they were not intended for. They also have lots of sharp edges, said Filip Rosenberg.

Bench and Radiator in One.
The solution became Hudevad Radiator’s Consilio bench, which was perfect for the purpose. With Consilio benches in all hallway areas there are lots of seating options and work areas, and most importantly; the heating aspect was not compromised. Moreover, the Consilio was customized to fit the interior of the school completely.

– The building has a raw look and the architects wanted that mirrored in the Consilio bench. We made the Consilio for the hallways with a Kerto board on top and coated it with linoleum. By doing that, the floor, walls, and all else in the room was reflected in the radiator, said Filip Rosenberg.