It is the interplay between the various factors defining people’s surroundings and their the mental and physical balance that architects, designers and planners explore in performing their duty – and fulfilling their social responsibility – to create spaces and environments that are both enjoyable and fit the function for which they were created.
In this day and age, holistic well-being – the mind/body connection – has become an obsession, reflecting an attitude that cuts across every aspect of our everyday lives, be it education, work or leisure. It is also a goal we strive to achieve through behaviours, lifestyle choices and consumption styles.
In many countries, especially in Northern Europe, public housing has long sought to meet this widespread need and to encourage it particularly among children. The Frederiksbjerg School designed in the Danish city of Aarhus by Henning Larsen Architects is the country’s first school to comply with the demands of the Danish school reform of 2013, which focusses on learning through movement and sensation as well as on an attitude of openness and community. In order to create ad adaptable and sentient learning environment the interiors offers students a wide variety of spaces featuring different degrees of light and materiality to stimulate both physical and cognitive activities.