The construction of the environmental-friendly Kvernhuset Young People’s School for Fredrikstad Municipality has been an unusual and pioneering effort right from the architect’s drawing board.

The buildings consist of a school building of 8000 m2 and a gymnasium of 1500 m2. The upper floor comprises three school wings, yellow for energy, blue for water and green for biology. The outer cladding is rustic planking cut from timber from the site.

As heating the school is supplied with geothermal energy from 30 boreholes with a depth of approx. 200 m, and oil or electric-fired boilers. The system selects the most favourable energy source at any time.

The project has attracted attention both nationally and internationally, for instance in the form of the Økobygg Environmental Prize for 2000 and publicity in an architect’s competition in Venice.

Project type Office/Industrial Building
Timespan November 2005 - December 2006
Customer Fredrikstad Municipality
Project address Glemmengt. 55, 1608 Fredrikstad
Contractor AF Bygg Øst

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