Denmark will soon feature remarkable solar-powered classrooms at the Copenhagen International School.
According to press information, “The new CIS Campus combines modern architecture with sustainability, IB pedagogy and age-appropriate design for students aged 3 to 19. The school is expected to open in January 2017 with a capacity of 1,200 students.”
Denmark-based C.F. Møller Architects has unveiled ambitious plans for this epic, solar-powered showcase in Nordhavn, Copenhagen. The school is scheduled to be completed in 2017. The 25,000-square-meter facility will stand as the city’s largest school.
The CIS roof will be equipped with some 12,000 solar panels that are expected to supply over half of the annual electricity needs for the school’s projected 1,200 students and 280 employees.
“We are proud that with the construction of the new school we can integrate innovative architecture into our teaching principles. The goal of the school is to enhance students’ competences in an international environment so that they become responsible citizens of the world with a focus on sustainability,” says Brit van Ooijen, Chairman of the Board of Copenhagen International School.
The huge building will be divided into four smaller and interconnected towers, each 5 to 7 stories tall. CIS will be situated between the public waterfront and Copenhagen’s more central, urban area. This green campus will contain everything a “normal” school has, from gymnasiums, a cafeteria, and a library, to several performance spaces.
The school’s 6,048-square-meter solar power grid is anticipated to produce an impressive 200 MWh per year, and CIS intends to incorporate “solar studies” into their curriculum. This will allow students to monitor energy production data for use in their physics and math classes, and learn about alternative energy while they’re living it.
According to press information, the foundations have been laid, and construction has begun. Steel and concrete pillars have been put up and the first deck is almost complete. Construction will continue throughout the summer and, by the end of 2015, the entire main structure will be completed.
Images via CIS Director of Communications and Advancement