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Brief Published: 30 Aug 2011

Sølvgade School’s Colourful Renovation


Sølvgade School – a listed building erected in Copenhagen in 1847 and the oldest school in Denmark – has undergone an extensive renovation to modernise the space and provide extra inspiration for its pupils.

Designed by local architects C.F. Møller, the six-storey building has been given a playful, colour-based facelift, featuring a multi-coloured glass façade. The new look was conceived as a homage to the space’s rich heritage while also looking towards a, hopefully, industrious future.

The historic references come from a palette inspired by the local area, in particular Nyboder – a district of former naval barracks, now a series of terraced houses built in 1757 – and the nearby Rosenborg Castle and its extensive gardens. Modern inflections come from an unusual interior design with a myriad of twists, turns and perspective-baffling sloping walls, plus the continuation of the colourful scheme inside.

The use of bold spatial design to enhance educational institutions is further explored in our report: A Spatial Education.

C.F. Møller