Copenhagen International School

Updated 27.07.22 |
Signe Moeslund Mains

Photo credit: Adam Mørk

Students at Copenhagen International School in Nordhavn are educated for a global future and with focus on sustainability. Innovative and green solutions pervade the building and teaching.

Copenhagen International School in Nordhavn is an innovative flagship for teaching sustainability. The school’s 1,200 students are taught in classrooms and learning environments in which indoor climate and the green transition take centre stage. Most of the classrooms are in the corners of the building to provide daylight from two sides. Where there is a shortage of daylight, LED-based lights have been fitted, which can be regulated according to colour temperature. The school is divided into four ‘towers’, and each section has its own design, colour and layout adapted to the relevant age group.

"The rooms and the areas dedicated to different age groups have been adapted to the relevant age, and the daylight and indoor climate help improve the learning environment significantly. We have long, often intense, days, so this is important for us", Leonie, student at Copenhagen International School

There is a play of light in the facade’s 12,000 solar panels, and the panels ensure that the sun’s energy can be exploited as it moves across the sky during the day. The structurally integrated solar installation is among the largest in the world and it meets more than half of the school’s annual electricity demand. The sustainable solutions are a permanent part of physics and math classes at the school, and there is a ban on plastic in the canteen, as well as containers for recycling and ‘recycling’ classes. To improve wellbeing and concentration among students and teachers, the Co2 content and temperature are monitored daily in every classroom, and Copenhagen International School has a well-documented good indoor climate.

Photo of Copenhagen International School by C.F. Møller Architects. Photo credit: Adam Mørk