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Henning Larsen Architects has been named design architects for two new educational facilities: the French International School’s (FIS) Tseung Kwan O campus in Hong Kong (estimated completion 2018) , and Forum Medicum at Lund University in Sweden (estimated completion 2019). The Danish architecture firm is known for its visionary design of universities, dynamic mixed-use communities, and iconic cultural landmarks.
FIS Tseung Kwan O
FIS Tseung Kwan O aspires to achieve a new ideal for elementary school design. Classrooms in the K-13 school will be flexible, allowing spaces to be merged or separated on demand. Throughout the buildings, a variety of dynamically scaled common areas can be utilized for both social gatherings and learning activities. The new campus will also offer state-of-the-art sporting facilities – a large gymnasium, swimming pool, and running track – as well as a 300-seat auditorium, all of which will be open to the general public.
A focal point of 18,000-sq.-ft. building will be the southern façade, where 1,000 brightly colored ceramic tiles, each designed by a student, symbolize the diversity of the school. Not simply decorative, the solar screen will diffuse daylight into the adjacent gymnasium and work to minimize heat gain. Henning Larsen Architects has incorporated a host of green-building features into the school and the site, including harnessing prevailing eastern winds to optimize natural ventilation.
Outdoors, three playgrounds, hanging gardens, communal terraces, and a botanical garden will give students an opportunity for hands-on learning about plants, rainwater collection, and other environmental issues. Claude Bøjer Godefroy, design director/partner of Henning Larsen Architects says, “Designing the flagship campus for FIS is a particularly exciting challenge for Henning Larsen. We share with FIS a goal to set a new standard for international schools in Hong Kong by building a sustainable institution with innovative learning environments.”
On the other side of the world, Henning Larsen Architects is designing Forum Medicum, a 270,000-sq.-ft. building at Sweden’s Lund University.
The building will house classrooms and research facilities for the school of medicine, as well as provide amenities—a café, restaurant, and exhibition galleries—for the community.
The top three floors of the five-story structure are set at a 45-degree angle to the base of the building, giving it a striking appearance while softening its presence. Prominently sited on the campus, Forum Medicum will set the tone for future developments at the university, in scale and in style.
Henning Larsen Architects designed the building, as well as the landscape and outdoor areas, in collaboration with Arup Copenhagen.