Two years ago, the Gammel-Hellerup Gymnasium had already opened one BIG facility - an underground gym, whose hilly wood-clad roof made the regular schoolyard a quality public space (see our publication about it here).
When the architects were still engaged in the gymnasium, the gymnasium management asked them to design another building - in particular, for art classes. Completed last month, it sits between the main school complex and the soccer field.
The new building faces the school and the roof of the gym with its only fully glazed facade. This is the highest point of a structure partially buried in the ground; its shallow roof serves as stands for the sports field and, in general, as another public space for the gymnasium. Inside the building, as in the neighboring gym, wood and concrete predominate.
The building has several entrances, including a rounded "burrow" right on the turf-covered roof. After sports activities on the field, students can immediately enter the building (where locker rooms and showers are also located) and go through the underground corridors to the gym or to the main school building with a cafeteria and access to the city.