Hommelvik secondary school
Gottlieb Paludan Architects has replaced the former secondary school in Hommelvik on the same site, increasing the capacity from 350 to 400 students.
The project aimed to create a school with good daylight conditions and outlook over/contact with the surroundings combined with short internal connections, vertically as well as horizontally. In addition, the design has been strongly guided by the school's adaptation into the adjacent small wooden housing that is deemed worthy of preservation.
The school building is set on four wings spread around a central area in a so-called stellar structure.This has been realised with a centrally located entrance/foyer with two main wings on each side. The side wings and the central room are divided into smaller units with gable roofs as a direct reference to the scale and nature of the area. The library is a space-expanding “house” for the central room which is very visible when arriving to the school. The foyer offers direct contact/views of the school’s outdoor areas to the north and south alike.
The division of the building into smaller volumes creates different zones in the surrounding outdoor space while the location of the building ensures an open connection between the outdoor areas to the north and south of the building.