Case: STOCKHOLM SCIENCE AND INNOVATION SCHOOL

CASE FACTS

Client:
Stockholm Science and Innovation School

Architect:
Scheiwiller Svensson Arkitektkontor

Area:
approx. 2500 m2

Workstations:
Spaces for around 300 upper secondary school students

Completed:
Part 2 to be completed in spring term 2018

FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION

Stockholm Science and Innovation School is housed in the modern building known as 'Nod' in the Kista district of Stockholm. The space is also home to many other technology companies too, who share these spectacular premises, which ooze technical innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. The location is ideal given that technology and innovation are what the school is all about. When Stockholm Science and Innovation School was first established, the vision was for collaboration with industry and digitalisation – plus building a school for its time and for the future.

"We want to build a school for its time and for the future"

Patrick Vestberg, Principal of Stockholm Science and Innovation School

VARIETY AND FLEXIBILITY

At Stockholm Science and Innovation School, there are two large assembly halls at each end of the corridor. These are where the school meets for talks or workshops involving larger groups. The Leia chair is a perfect addition to this environment. When the Leia chairs are not in use, stacking them and putting them away is simple. They are equally at home around a table as they are used as theatre-style seating.

AN OASIS IN THE CORRIDOR

With the Scandinavia sofa, building a room within the room is simple. In this particular case, Stockholm Science and Innovation School chose to use the Scandinavia sofa with high back to create an oasis in the middle of the corridor. This means that students have a space in which they can speak for a while without being disturbed, or do some study together.

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The corridors are also home to some Fields high-back easy chairs. The easy chair is a kind of cocoon, shielding against interruptions, so is a great place to sit and read. You can also position a few next to each other to have a group chat. You will also find Fields Love Seat easy chair in the corridors at the school. This easy chair is designed for two people, with a back on each side of the seat. The two seats encourage interaction and dialogue in a playful and unconventional way.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

The school's premises are new and purpose-built. Over the entire process, from the first sketches to the completed school building, it was important for all decisions, both big and small, to be working towards the same goal the whole time so that the building would turn out as intended. The school is not in a conventional school building, so many conventions regarding how a school should look and be were thrown out of the window when the work was being carried out. In this case, it was important to support the school's vision with the interior design. There was a certain confidence that together we would be able to find good, exciting solutions. Kinnarps was given the freedom to think outside the box for the standard school furniture. We collectively tried out different ideas and solutions from activity-based offices, with the aim being to create an environment that the pupils want to be in.

We have always strived to create interior design solutions that give people the option to mingle, meet and think, but also, of course, to create spaces for studying in peace and for group work. There is a clear focus with our interior design - the furniture needs to be a nice experience. The aim we had in mind when designing the school's interior was to create an environment that is a little reminiscent of home.

ROOMS WITHIN A ROOM

The 'Nod' building that houses the school has unique architecture, plus many natural meeting places; it also uses several types of flexible office solutions, such as hotspots and shared spaces. A number of established technology companies, brand new start-ups, and everything in between, work from the building. Kista is often referred to as the Swedish 'Silicon Valley', so it is the perfect location for a school with such a close relationship to technology companies to continue its successful ties with industry.

The school's interior has been designed to prepare its pupils for working life and, above all, for the IT industry. For this reason, it was extra important to seek inspiration from activity-based offices. For example, a decision was made to put traditional conference tables in the computer room and have different heights of tables in the classrooms so that the pupils themselves could choose what suits them. In the corridors, there are also a lot of different environments customised for a variety of activities.

The school gave thought to the ergonomics and chose tables with a variety of sitting heights, with a few high and a few low tables in every classroom. Xact, which is ideal for school environments, was the chair chosen for the low tables. It is lightweight, robust and has many functions and settings. All the settings make it a great choice for the secondary school, whose pupils vary enormously in terms of height. Xact encourages movement and an 'active' kind of sitting.

The school does not regard the interior design as something that is permanent and 'set in stone' either. The teachers are free to try different solutions in their classrooms for special projects or during certain teaching periods too, so that the furniture helps with the teaching and does not restrict it. In this case, the school has the chance to continue developing its activities and its collaboration with industry, and do so with a focus on digital knowledge.

SUMMARY

  • Stockholm Science and Innovation School wanted to create a varied and creative environment that dares to break from convention and how a school is supposed to be.
  • Building something new and unconventional was an opportunity to take inspiration from other types of arenas, such as activity-based offices.
  • It was important for the furnishing to feel nice and be something that you want to spend time using.
  • The interior design is, after all, supposed to decorate and embellish the school environment.
  • Stockholm Science and Innovation School wants to be a school of its time, but also of the future.