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Rødkilde High School

Denmark

Rødkilde High School is almost 150 years old but is today one of the area’s best when it comes to a modern education. The school has more than 800 students and 100 employees.

The latest expansion project began in 2014 in response to the need for additional capacity. The expansion project included a modern learning environment on two floors including multifunctional areas between the classrooms. The design took into account the school's strong focus on climate technology initiatives by incorporating geothermal pile foundations, solar panels, natural ventilation and a system for reusing roof water for flushing toilets.

The original idea was to use copper cladding for the facade. However, this solution proved to be too expensive, therefore Graphic Concrete was chosen. Since the original school building was clad with exposed concrete, using concrete again was a natural choice. The idea was to combine modern characteristics and features with the original material. 

To enhance the involvement of students and to transform the building into “their own house”, all students and teaches had the possibility to leave their mark on the facade. The students in particular were enthusiastic about writing statements, formulas and texts, which were imprinted on the precast concrete as a graphic surface.