3xn architects received the Forum AID award for the Ørestad Gymnasium in Copenhagen, Denmark, that was completed in 2007. The Forum AID award covers the Nordic countries area – ”a region characterised by some of the most individual styles of expression in Europe.” The school covers an area of 12.000 m2 of really creative classroom spaces. What seems as yet another cube building from the outside (although the facade is playful and elegant) holds a creamy white, soft interior of spiral stairs and round platforms with cushions and been-bags. They serve as flexible learning spaces that are orientated towards the main core of the building from which the staircase leads up to the first floor. The facade is covered by colorful panels that serve as sun protection. You can read more about it on their webpage that has a supercool menu (architecture/ educational). If I went to that high-school I’d ditch every class to sleep on each of those sweet platforms and cuddle up to the squishy pillows. But they’d institutionalize me.
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