“Læringshus Nærheden”: Mikkel Hermann Sørensen presents innovative architecture for modern learning

30. November 2022

Mikkel Hermann Sørensen
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For the new multifunctional school and community center “Nærheden” in Høje-Taastrup, Denmark, the architecture of the building was specifically designed as an educational tool to promote the 21st century learning environment. Through flexible spaces and innovative design elements, the architects at Christensen & Co, led by partner and architect Mikkel Hermann Sørensen, have created an environment that supports the development of STEAM skills and provides students with many learning opportunities.

“Nærheden” is the first public school in Denmark based on 21st century learning skills, also known as STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Through dialogues with teachers, educators, the community and citizens, a groundbreaking new concept has been developed where the architecture is a platform for a strong learning culture.

The visual connections between the activities are the driving force for synergies and encounters across the spaces: students and teachers can therefore inspire each other. Future students will not only have to navigate the digital world, but will also shape it. For this reason, the Nærheden community center is planned as a tool that prepares them for the future with a flexible working life and an increased focus on new rapid developments in technology skills.

The architecture blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, creating an open and welcoming atmosphere that combines nature and community. In addition, the building places a strong focus on energy efficiency and sustainability by integrating innovative technologies such as natural cooling and optimized use of daylight.
As an architect, Mikkel Hermann Sørensen is characterized by his special interest in solving complex architectural tasks. His strong analytical skills enable him to evaluate and prioritize the needs and functions of a building program in order to develop innovative and functional architectural solutions.

His professional career has been characterized by a large number of international and local projects in which he has been particularly active in the concept development and design phases. Thanks to his close collaboration with a wide range of professionals and business partners, he has a deep understanding of inclusive dialog in the early design stages of a project.

Some of Mikkel Hermann Sørensen’s most impressive projects are the Nordøstamager School in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Culture and Community House in Høje Taastrup, Denmark; the Carlsberg Campus Capital in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Albano Campus in Stockholm, Sweden; the new City Hall in Lund, Sweden; and the Odsherred Theater in Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark.

You can look forward to Mikkel Hermann Sørensen’s presentation at our SCHULBAU trade fair in Copenhagen on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.


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