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Innovative architecture in Copenhagen

Ørestad Gymnasium




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Ørestad Gymnasium

Innovative learning & design

Ørestad Gymnasium is the first school in Denmark that is based on the new vision that came about with the reforms to the education system in 2004. The intention of the new reform was to strengthen students’ competencies, encourage interdisciplinary learning, and bridge the gap between science and the humanities. This vision for the school influenced the architectural design of the building with an innovative approach to the internal layout and the external look. 

Denmark’s regulations for energy efficiency in new buildings are very demanding and this school is considered a model for energy efficiency. The building has several features such as natural ventilation, an exterior facade system that prevents direct sunlight from entering the building, and it is connected to the city’s district heating system.

Award winning architecture

The building was awarded the prize for “bedste arkitektur I Norden 2008” (best architecture in the Nordics 2008). The judges expressed that the school set new standards for the interior design of educational environments and the school feels like a place you want to be in.

The Nordic architecture and design magazine FORUM awarded Ørestad Gymnasium the “Forumsprisen 2008”, the first of its kind. The winner was chosen by an international jury with judges from various Nordic countries. 

Durable, lightweight, formable

GRC cladding

Through design and manufacturing we help architects, entrepreneurs, and builders create unique, durable, and sustainable facades. Whether you are starting construction on a new build or embarking on a renovation project, GRC is suitable for both.

Glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC or GFRC) is incredibly versatile and grants you an architectural design freedom with almost endless possibilities. With the formability of GRC you can achieve any geometry and with a surface designed for your specific project. GRC is a lightweight material and our cladding elements are typically only 12 mm. Thus, making it easier to work with and transport whilst also easing the load on buildings.

GRC is an excellent facade material if durability and sustainability is of great concern and importance. GRC is durable for more than 100 years without any technical maintenance and it does not dent, rot, corrode, nor burn (class A material). With a sustainable material and an environmentally friendly production without toxic materials, GRC elements from BB fiberbeton are ideal for environmental certifications, such as LEED, DGNB, and BREEAM.

GRC is made of white cement and fine aggregates and reinforced with glassfibre. Elements are produced using a special spray-technique that allows for a low water/cement-ratio, a low thickness, and a high strength.

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