Copenhagen has the world's best school building

The Danish firm JJW Architects was recently announced the winner of the World Architecture News Education Award 2016 for designing Skolen i Sydhavnen (South Harbour School) in Copenhagen.

“This is just so Danish and clever, it’s playful, it’s happy and it looks like a happy space to be. Which I think we can all agree on, schools are meant to be our happiest days after all,” said one of the judges, Maria Nesdale, about the Danish winning school, reports The Local Denmark.

The World Architecture News Education Award 2016 (WAN) selected the South Harbour School for its “maritime and public profile, inviting in its neighbours and reaching out to its city, becoming an active and socially sustainable part of its new community."

Accommodates Copenhagen’s fast-growing population

The panel also praised the school’s role in accommodating Copenhagen’s fast-growing population by creating a new city district that will engage the surrounding community and facilitate social exchange through planned public activities like music and cooking classes.

The South Harbour School beat 33 other institutions, including five other finalists from Japan, Turkey, USA and Zambia.

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