Grønnegården – Herning High School

Editor's note

A bit surprised that Schønherr calls its beautiful design an ‘artistic decoration’. It boldly uses the space, puts the visitors directly in the centre and offers dynamic composition featuring interesting play of bright concrete surfaces and grass, pinned with trees. The design would appear even stronger if the pavement ‘frame’ by the building had been left out, so the grass would come closer to the facade. The facade would already act as the frame and the grass as a passe-partout. Probably this was not possible due to safety issues and emergency intervention access. By using simple tools, Schønherr designed an interesting space that offers a number of different possible experiences (hard / soft surfaces, edges, sun / shade …).

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Schønherr: The garden project has been built around a single geometrical form and a rectangular lawn which connects to the various manifestations of the buildings and allows the user to peacefully enjoy the surroundings. In the grass, a concrete landscape made of cast-in-place concrete has been created. The ‘landscape’ consists of asymmetrical shapes which rise and fall in order to create sitting, study, and relaxation areas. Mountain pine and Siberian birch are placed all over the garden in order to provide it with a green sense of nature and space all year round. The trunks of the trees add a subtle and poetic interaction with the natural light and shadows of the garden.


Client / entity: Herning Gymnasium
Client Advisors : Niels Christian Nielsen, Ramboll
Building Architect : CUBO Architects
Engineer: CC Contractor
Other collaborators: HJ Lauritzen
Artistic decoration: Schønherr
Contractor: CC Contractor
Price: Herning City Council Building award 2015
Status: Realized 2014
Area: 2500 M²
Cost of construction landscape: 600k euros

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