Laugalaekjarskóli secondary school extension

Two identical three storey school building built in the 60’s are connected by this new extension. To reduce the visual impact of the new building the connection to the existing structures is at lower ground floor level and the site is extended over part of the roof to link the original entrances and play areas on each side of the school complex. This landscape concept is reinforced by the use of grass on the upper roof surfaces. The new external skin reflects the zinc and painted render of the neigbourhood buildings and a subtle twist of the roof hints at the special geometry present in their architecture. Internally the twist mediates between the different functions of the plan. From a lofty hall the ceiling tapers down via a volumous entrance and ends in a horizontally accented library. In counterpoint the central connecting corridor is double height with a series of generous roof lights and windows revealing glimpses of sky and activity on the upper walkway. Internal surfaces continue the original material palette of linoleum, oak and glossy paint.

Client : City of Reykjavík
Architects : Studio Granda
Structural Engineers : VSÓ
Electrical Engineers : Verkfraedistofan Jóhann Indridasson
Environmental Engineers : VGK
Acoustic Consultant: Ólafur Hjalmarsson

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