A secondary school in Denmark hopes to be more engaging with students with a solar-powered building that teaches them how to grow and cook food in the rooftop garden.
Boasting a size of 105,690 square feet, this new school allows for up to 784 students with additional rooms for the staff and various activities. An additional 43,000 square feet around the building will feature an outdoor area with more gardens.
The central room of the school is a massive space that acts as a dining hall and a gathering point for student activities. Multiple kitchens will be in the area, including one geared for the outdoors. A large rooftop garden will also mesh with the entire building, being accessible from every classroom. There will be an additional biology garden and greenhouses in the outdoor area.
Focus isn’t limited to just teaching students how to grow fruits and vegetables and cook their own meals. The school will feature “ventilation with heat recovery, natural ventilation, day-light-controlled lighting, and a highly insulated envelope.” There will also be solar panels in the rooftop gardens to provide an energy source for the school.
The New Islands Brygge School is expected be completed by May 2020, in time for the following school year and to give school employees and children time to transfer over. This provides ample time for planning and construction while also trying to meet sustainable needs.