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CIS – Copenhagen International School Nordhav – Special recognition in architectural design

Design: C.F. Møller Architects

Landscape architect: C.F. Møller Landscape
Team: Mads Mandrup – Partner in charge, Jørgen Juul, Anne Lilke Krag, Thue Borgen Hasløv, Hansen, Peter Michael Dolf, David Vega, Claus Christian Tversted, Mihaila Periklieva Terzis-Georgieva, Henrik Vedel Larsen, Steen Kortbæk Svendsen, Ida Richter Brændsturp, Simon Olafsson, Mikkel Daniel Sørensen, Frans Borgmann, Nina Walsh, Mette Lyng Hansen Structural
Niras; Façades – windows: Eiler Thomsen Alufacader; Façades – solar panels: SolarLab; Energy Management: KT Electric Aalborg;
Main Contractor: Per Aarsleff
Information and Communications Technologies: CN3
Photo credits: Adam Mørk


CIS Nordhavn is a new school building for the Copenhagen International School, located on a prominent site in Copenhagen’s new Nordhavn district. The 25,000 m2 school build-ing is Copenhagen’s largest school, and accommodates 1,200 students and 280 employees. The modern educational architecture is designed to link the school premises with the public sphere in the urban environment, and give the school an open ambience. The promenade outside the school will become an urban port-side space providing opportunities for relaxation and various activities. The main school building is subdivided into four smaller “towers”, ranging from five to seven storeys, each specially adapted to meet the needs of children at different stages of development. For example, the classrooms for the youngest pupils are particularly large: A full range of functions will take place in and around the classroom, each of which has designated green spaces and areas with drama/performance facilities, PE, etc. The subdivision of the school into four units facilitates community, identity and easy wayfinding. All four school units are built on top of the ground-floor base, which contains common and more extrovert activities, including a foyer, sports facilities, a canteen, a library and performance facilities. The classroom units can thus be closed-off outside normal school hours, while the common areas will remain open for school and local community events. The base includes a common roof terrace which will function as a school playground for the whole school – and the youngest pupils in particular. The elevated school playground provides a secure environment, which prevents students from coming too close to the water or from straying off the school premises. The school building’s unique facade is covered in 12,000 solar panels, each individually angled to create a sequin-like effect, which supply more than half of the school’s annual electricity consumption. The solar cells cover a total area of 6,048 square meters, making it one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark, estimated to pro-duce over 200 MWh per year. In addition to contributing to the school’s green profile, the solar cells also form a permanent part of the school’s curriculum, allowing students to monitor energy production and use data in physics and mathematics classes. As an additional development phase, the school plans to establish a floating urban park on the water, an ocean of activities and recreational spaces at one with the water, the weather and nature – in front on the school on the waterside, named “The Nordhavn Islands”. Page 1 of 2 In tune with the overall sustainability curriculum of the school, these will form a unique platform for eco-awareness, including learning about the marine environment and ocean life in a direct and tangible way – and thus realizing the full potential of the school’s extraordinary location and pro- community approach.