Skovlyskolen – Safety and Expanded Teaching Possibilities
Leveraging asbestos removal to create new teaching zones
Skovlysskole in Rudersdals Municipality was designed by the renowned Danish architect, Halldor Gunnløgsson. The ceiling in the long connecting hallway consisted of asbestos-based eternite slabs, typical of the time. Asbestos renovation is now legally required in Danish public buildings, and it is often an expensive and time-consuming affair that includes the removal and replacement of the asbestos.
Working carefully with the responsible architects, Intelligent Space chose a new and inexpensive approach. The asbestos slabs were concealed and sealed under lightweight Soundscapes™ panels. These were in turn designed to look exactly like the original panels and to fit perfectly into place under the originals. They highlight the original architectural simplicity and are both safe and washable.
The new ceilings were then combined with framed and portable acoustic message boards hung along both walls of the long hallway space. These provide entirely new functional possibilities for teaching and play due to the dramatically improved acoustics and the expanded utility of the large hallway. Good sound is becoming a proven precondition for good learning environments and a tool to increase teaching flexibility.