In Denmark, the campus we all would long for


The Gammel Hellerup High School can be, therefore, classified as one of the “coolest” campuses in Europe. The credit goes to the team of architects known as BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group – that built the underground gym of the school last year, whose undulating roof was designed as meeting place for students. This year, the team of architects confirmed its commitment in favour of a more “friendly” school within reach of the young students. In this regard, last May, they announced the completion of another building dedicated to creative activities. Linked to the gym by a continuum of concrete, light and wood, the building includes classes, a cafe and a multifunctional hall. Even in this case, the roof – an extension of the existing football field– was turned into a green hill where students can socialize and spend their spare time by watching a match. The massive complex designed by BIG combines the attention to shapes and organic materials with the ability to meet and anticipate the needs of young users. Behind the choice of devoting so much time to a secondary school, there is a sentimental reason, among others: just here, the founder of the BIG team – Bjarke Ingels – studied when he was young.

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