The starting point for the new Aabybro School was somewhat unusual compared to most school projects, as it was to be built on two separate sites, 250 m apart. So, the task was to design two school buildings for 1.100 children that function independently while at the same time having a recognizable, unifying architectural expression.
The town of Aabybro is characterised by its church, its town hall, the sports centre and its residential areas with single-family houses. Most of these buildings have one common feature – the pitched roof. This motif forms the school’s architectural cornerstone. The roof on both buildings is accentuated by means of distinctive cuts and striking eaves that give the school a unique and playful appearance without being intrusive or alien to the area.
At the same time, this modern reinterpretation of the roof with eaves contributes to a diverse learning environment with attractive outdoor teaching facilities. The large eaves create a series of roofed terraces, which form a transitional zone between the indoor functions and the school yard. In this way, they create a sheltered extension of the interior teaching spaces that allows the teachers to include the outdoor areas in their lessons regardless of the weather. In addition, the eaves constitute an important sustainability feature by protecting the facades from the elements and preventing overheating, thereby reducing energy consumption, operating and maintenance costs.
The school sections can basically be described as H-buildings – parallel wings with a cross beam. The wings contain classrooms and common areas for the different age groups. The central space of the cross beam is laid out as a vivid marketplace that contains a variety of functions such as assembly hall, canteen, library and special classrooms. Together they create a diverse spatial landscape, in which the students can seek out different communities within the school, depending on the situation, project or their individual preference.