Designed by CEBRA, Skovbakken is a primary school for 650 students. The new building replaces an existing school and is in its scale, its architectonic expression and in its materials inspired by its surroundings: the neighborhood and the public forest.

Photography by © Adam Mørk

“The school is designed as a two-story building inspired by the existing context. We decided to use pitched roofs and a human scale that ensures identification for the students and the inhabitants in Odder”, explains founding partner at CEBRA, Carsten Primdahl. He continues: “We have preserved as many of the original trees as possible as they convey a soft transition to the green surroundings. The few trees we had to cut down have been reused in the interior as furnishings. In addition, wooden sections accentuate all entrances and in the interior, the striking staircase is also made of wood. In this way the physical contact with the architecture is communicated through the pleasant and stimulating material – wood”, concludes Carsten Primdahl.

Photography by © Adam Mørk

The experience of a welcoming school is emphasized in the school’s layout as three structures which are oriented towards a central atrium, opening up to the surroundings and establishing many diverse and interesting landscaping and building spaces, both in the exterior and in the interior.

Photography by © Adam Mørk

Focus On Exercise
The school has a special focus on exercise as a natural part of daily life. Thus, for example, the fire access routes in the common areas are designed as tracks for exercise, in each classroom there is an area designed specifically for physical activity and the school’s multi-gym is directly linked to the school’s common room, allowing the gym to be used as an active play and movement area during breaks.

1st Floor Plan

Project Info:
Architects: CEBRA
Location: Skovvej, 8300 Odder, Denmark
Area: 9300.0 m2
Project Year: 2017
Photographs: Adam Mørk
Manufacturers: Troldtekt, Velfac, DLW Flooring, Swedoor, Kahrs, Icopal
Project Name: Skovbakke School

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