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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Voss High School in Norway by Nordic — Office of Architecture

 
December 23rd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Nordic — Office of Architecture

The new vocational high school at Voss (Norway) designed by Nordic — Office of Architecture and AART architects combines theory and practice in an inspiring learning environment bathed in light with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

The new vocational high school at Voss opened this autumn and caters for around 400 students and 100 staff. The Norwegian-Danish team behind several prominent education buildings in Scandinavia took inspiration from the surrounding environment, creating an interpretation of the traditional Norwegian barn common to the area. A composition of “barns” surrounding a series of “farmyards” provides the framework for various educational and social activities. The architects strive to stimulate the students by drawing nature and daylight into the school buildings through the generous glazing and timber cladding both inside and out.

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

  • Architects: Nordic — Office of Architecture
  • Project: Voss High School
  • Location: Voss, Norway
  • Photography: Thorbjørn Hanse
  • Client: Hordalands Fylkeskommune
  • Contractor: Hent
  • Landscape: Bjørbekk & Lindheim
  • Engineers: Norconsult Sweco
  • Cost: 280 mill. NOK
  • Area: 11.500 m²
  • Time Frame: 2013 — 2016

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

“It is the connection between learning and nature, as well as the physical link between theory and practice that has been the cornerstone in the design of this new high school”, says Thomas Pedersen, the director of AART architects’ Norway office.

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

A place to meet

The architect’s ambition was to create a school that despite its size and diverse range of activities is seen as a unifying environment. The central lobby is the school’s main social meeting place, where all public functions are located.

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

“We believe that the students’ well-being is key to creating a successful school and have provided a structure that supports the students’ learning and social environment. We believe it is important to ensure that students from the various vocational programmes meet across disciplines. Therefore, the central lobby will act as the social hub of the school, “says the partner in charge at Nordic, Hallgrimur Sigurdsson.

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Theory and practical skills go hand in hand

The central hub provides easy access to the different wings of the school.  Classrooms and workshops are located side by side to reinforce the students’ experience of the link between theory and practice. The school’s main goal is to equip students with knowledge that can qualify them to find work in the local area.

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Art incorporated throughout

Integrating art works throughout the school has been a key element in the development of the project. Six artists were commissioned to produce bespoke art pieces, strongly rooted in the local traditions of craftsmanship.

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © Thorbjørn Hanse

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © NORDIC — OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE

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