“As we all know, waterfronts are being converted, but you usually only get residential and office towers, so it’s great to see a public school be built. It’s like a detonator – it’s bound to make more good things happen around it”
What better way to teach the next generation environmental responsibility than to make the school itself an extraordinary demonstration of state-ofthe-art sustainability. This is the ethos at the heart of the Copenhagen International School, which is covered in 12,000 photovoltaic panels that produce 300 megawatt hours – enough to provide more than half of the school’s annual electricity. An institution for 1,200 elementary- and highschool students that doubles as a solar power plant has its educational perks. The inner workings of the teal-hued solar facade are part of the curriculum, which includes classes in solar studies and enables students to monitor the campus’s energy production. The formally inventive 25,000-squaremetre building – the largest international school in Denmark – is broken down into four smaller “towers” to accommodate the various grade levels, and the classrooms are strategically placed mainly along the building’s perimeter to optimize daylight and views. There is also a grey-water system for handling the school’s non-potable H2O needs.