- Project Name
- Gammel Hellerup Sports & Arts Expansion
- Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
- Gammel Hellerup High School
- Project Types
- Project Scope
- Adaptive Reuse
- 2,500 sq. meters
- Year Completed
Collaborators, EKJ, CG Jensen, Jens Lindhe, Rasmus Hjortshoj, Midconsult I Herning, Bent Nygaard Sørensen, Grontmij
Multi-use Hall & Gymnasium Project Leaders, Ole Schrøder, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Frederik Lyng Team: Ana Merino, Anders Hjortnæs, Christian Alvarez, Dennis Rasmussen, Gül Ertekin, Henrick Poulsen, Hjalti Gestsson, Jan Magasanik, Jakob Lange, Jacob Thomsen, Jeppe Ecklon, Ji-young Yoon, Michael Schønemann, Narisara Schröder, Riccardo Mariano, Rune Hansen, Snorre Nash, Thomas Juul-Jensen, Vincent He, Xu Li
Masterplan & Education Building Project Leaders, Tobias Hjortdal Team: Agnete Jukneviciute, Ambra Chiesa, Brigitta Gulyás, Dennis Rasmussen, Enea Michelesio, Greta Krenciute, Høgni Laksáfoss, Isabella Eriksson, Jan Magasanik, Mikkel Marcker Stubgaard, Jeppe Ecklon, Kamilla Heskje, Michael Schønemann, Narisara Schröder, Thomas Juul-Jensen
Landscape Project Leaders, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Brigitta Gulyás, Enea Michelesio, Mikkel Marcker Stubgaard, Narisara Schröder, Tobias Hjortdal
- Project Status
- Room or Space
Following the completion of the Gammel Hellerup High School multi-purpose hall designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in 2013, a new 1,400-square-meter building for cultural activities has been inaugurated by the school’s art and sports enthusiasts.
The new two-level addition to Gammel Hellerup High School just north of Copenhagen provides existing students with generous spaces for social and creative learning, while increasing the capacity of the school in response to its growing popularity. The construction started just as the multi-purpose hall was completed, inviting student life inside in November 2014.
"We are all incredibly excited to finalize the last phase of the expansion with a complex that not only provides the necessary space and facilities for our students, but also with abundant opportunities for outdoor adventures. We could not have hoped for a better addition to Gammel Hellerup High School," said Jorgen Rasmussen, principal of Gammel Hellerup High School.
Located between the school’s multi-purpose hall and adjacent football fields, the new arts building connects the sports areas with the gymnasium’s existing educational facilities in one continuous flow. By placing parts of the new building beneath the football fields, the students are able to walk through the sunken sports hall at the center of the school´s courtyard, to the classrooms, cafeteria, and out to the main entrance at street level.
“My high-school, formerly introverted and dispersed, has become open and integrated through two focused interventions. Even though each phase is autonomous and complete – their introduction in to the mix has completely reconfigured the sum of the parts. Like a catalyst or an enzyme – once inserted – all the surrounding substance transforms into something completely new,” said Bjarke Ingels, founding partner of BIG.
The roof of the new arts building, extend the school’s existing football fields into a green carpet for informal activity, serving as informal seating overlooking sports events.
Construction materials and finishes familiar from the multi-purpose hall are integrated in reverse. Where the sports hall is made of concrete with wooden finishes above and below ground, the classrooms are the opposite: wooden walls span the length of the building, complimented by concrete ceilings and floors. This continuity and repetition of materials creates a coherent visual identity for the school.