Henning Larsen school design awarded Nordic Swan Ecolabel

25 September 2020
  • Henning Larsen
  • Henning Larsen
  • Henning Larsen



New sustainable Danish school to provide green space for students & local community

Henning Larsen have won the competition for a new school on the Lolland-Falster archipelago in Sundby, Denmark. Designed in collaboration with SKALA Architects, BO-HUS, ETN Arkitekter, Autens and MOE, the concept has been awarded the Nordic Swan Ecolabel for its potential to provide a healthy and productive learning environment for students.

The school has a variety of flexible spaces - inside and out – that will become a tool for new ways of learning and working. As the first primary school in Denmark to achieve the Ecolabel status, the design incorporates a variety of environmental considerations that including emissions and low energy consumption, as well as other health factors such as good ventilation, the maximum use of daylight, and noise reduction.

The architects followed the vision to create a school that will build bridges between community associations, sports teams and cultural groups while creating an optimal working environment for school employees. The building appears to be grow upwards from the ground, with a roof that resembles a hill and acts as a lookout point, offering a wide view of the landscape. Additional functions such as a library, café, sports activities and a music school are centrally located and outward facing, inviting participation from the local community after school hours. 

Eva Ravnborg, project director at Henning Larsen, stated: “We decided early in the creative process that the new school had to be one with the landscape and that the field we work in is between learning and landscape. It is not just about the learning that takes place in the building, but the entire route to and from the school, and the way the school connects to the local community.”

Lucy Nordberg
TenderStream Head of Research

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