Borgafjellet Elementary School
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BORGAFJELLET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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ARCHITECTS
LINK Arkitektur

LOCATION
Norway

MANUFACTURERS
KEIM, Binderholz, AMG Montaza

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Degree Of Freedom - Felice Allievi

YEAR
2021

CONTRACTOR
HENT AS - Erik Morken

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
Martin Prestegård

INTERIOR DESIGN
Ingebjørg Berg Holm

ACOUSTICS ENGINEER
ÅF Engineering - Anders T. Windsor

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER
Arne Førland-larsen

AREA
7100 m²

LANDSCAPE
Kristine Haugereid

PROJECT LEADER
Bjørn Feltens

ZONING PLAN
Camilla Mohr

ARCHITECTS
Sonja Fastenrath, Zsolt Nagy

CUSTOMER
Bjørnafjorden Municipality - Ole-håkon Sælen

SANITARY ENGINEER
Asplan Viak

FIRE ENGINEER
Afry - Jan Idar Hjelle

CATAGORY
Elementary & Middle School

The newly opened elementary school 'Borgafjellet' on the western coast of Norway, near Bergen, is unique in its combination of hybrid ventilation and solid wood on all surfaces.

Borgafjellet Elementary School
© Hundven-Clements Photography
Borgafjellet Elementary School
© Hundven-Clements Photography

The overall goal for the project was to create the best possible healthy indoor environment for the 420 pupils and their teachers.

The project group set high ambitions for sustainability, climate footprint, durable materials, and indoor climate, cultivating an innovative building with solid sustainable qualities for many generations.

Leading the process from A to Z. LINK Arkitektur has been an advisor for planning, landscape architecture, building physics, and architecture.

It has been a great learning experience for both parties to cooperate so closely during the whole process, from the early phase to the completed building.

Borgafjellet Elementary School
© Hundven-Clements Photography
Borgafjellet Elementary School
© Hundven-Clements Photography

This project has required specific knowledge in both solid wood and hybrid ventilation. We, therefore, put together a strong interdisciplinary team to bring out the best in all parts of the project, explains architect and project manager Bjørn Feltens in LINK Arkitektur.

A breath of fresh air. The school has extensive use of solid wood, which significantly reduces climate footprint and a stable indoor humidity level.

Borgafjellet Elementary School
© Hundven-Clements Photography

Exterior walls, interior walls, floor dividers, roofs, stairs, railings, and load-bearing interior walls are solid wood. Even non-load-bearing interior walls are clad in the solid wood surface.In collaboration with hybrid ventilation, this reduces energy consumption and the school's climate footprint.

In addition, the school has hybrid ventilation, which combines both mechanical and natural air supplies. The ventilation method lets fresh air in through automatically controlled windows, improves air quality, and effectively regulates the temperature.

Borgafjellet Elementary School
© Hundven-Clements Photography

Shelter for the rough climate. The western coast is known for its rough climate. Two hundred thirty days a year with heavy rain calls for generous areas for the pupil's activities outdoor with a big spanning sheltering roof.

The entire outdoor facility is a significant contribution to the local community and attracts visitors from the surrounding areas. The school building is maintenance-friendly, including cladding in ore pine as well as solar cells on the roof and local energy wells.

Borgafjellet Elementary School
© Hundven-Clements Photography
Borgafjellet Elementary School
© Hundven-Clements Photography

Healthy microclimate. The interior is characterized by wood, which provides a beautiful and nature-friendly impression offering physiological and psychological well-being effects.

A varied color palette in natural earth and mineral colors gives each level a different character, and the natural pigment wall paint offers a warm glow.

The classroom microclimate influenced by ventilation, temperature, and humidity rate provides an indoor air quality, which improves students' health and learning outcomes.

Borgafjellet Elementary School
© Hundven-Clements Photography


Borgafjellet Elementary School
Plan - First floor
Borgafjellet Elementary School
Plan - Ground floor
Borgafjellet Elementary School
Section
Borgafjellet Elementary School
Plan - Site

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