The European School

A new public and international school in the Carlsberg Copenhagen

In 2015 NORD Architects won the international competition of European School Copenhagen in close collaboration with VLA, EKJ and BAM. The new school is located in the historic Carlsberg City District and is a modern public school that fuse learning environments with urban spaces and life.

Situated on the corner of Ny Carlsbergvej and Pasteursvej, the school lies in close connection with unique historic buildings of high architectural value like the Carlsberg Elephant Gate. The school is designed with respect for the historic surroundings and continues the tradition of decorative brickwork.

The school is an internationally accredited public school with a nursery, primary and secondary school in a vibrant building with varied learning spaces, sports hall and outdoor areas.

The school has a strong international profile, with a focus on language skills, science and music that is supported by the declared mission of the school to build bridges between cultures – not least through the knowledge of foreign languages.

The European School accommodates approx. 900 students and is a five-story complex of 14,000 sqm with a underground parking area of 10,000 sqm (not part of the school). The classrooms, the cantine, the labs and other facilities are organized around two large ‘learning stairs’ that both physically and visually cross link the students and activities. ​

The building is financed by the City of Copenhagen with support from Realdania, Novo Nordisk Fonden, Nordea Fonden and Industriens Fond.

  • Location:

    Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Client:

    Copenhagen Municipality, Carlsberg Byen P/S

  • Funding:

    Realdania, Novo Nordisk Fonden, Nordea-fonden, Industriens Fond

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  • Typology:

    Nursery, primary and secondary school

  • Construction costs:

    300 mill DKK

  • Size:

    14.000 m2

  • Collaborators:

    Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, EKJ Engineers, BAM Danmark

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