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With Kunskabsberget, TREDJE NATUR has designed an open, safe and flexible learning environment, with a clear local presence. Kunskabsberget and the surrounding area thereby creates optimal opportunities for knowledge sharing. The neighborhood becomes a social melting pot in the future Linköping, which promotes the meeting between students and local actors.

Project information
Partner-in-charge:
 Ole Schrøder
Design team: Sofie Askholm Ibsen, Elaina Keppler, Tom Fairley og Sol Hernandez
Client: Lejonfastigheter
Program: School, sport, office, city planning
Place: Linköping, Sweden
Type: Open Competition
Size: Hovedbygning 8050m2 (hele karréen 29.500 m2)
Team: Schauman Nordgren Architects
Period: 2017
Status: Completed

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VISION
Knowledge is a resource that is strengthened and developed by being shared. That has been the mantra in the design of Linköping’s new education center and cultural gathering point. Therefore, it has been the goal of creating interfaces for different types of meetings between teachers, students and the public, where innovation is created, shared and communicated. Kunskabsberget (that means a mountain of knowledge) is an open, safe and flexible learning environment


with a local presence that creates opportunities for knowledge sharing and sets the framework for a healthy and active life. The area around Kunskabsberget thus becomes a flexible platform that can be developed in relation to future education and urban needs – a social melting pot in the future Linköping, which promotes the meeting between students and local actors.

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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD “NYA KUNGSBERGET
The knowledge base is flanked by an existing urban space, which, as the area is densified and developed, will completely change the character and significance of Linköping. Kunskabsberget connects to the different characteristics of the neighborhood and already established segments and directions, such as the city center, the park, the traffic flow and the existing residential area. The different qualities from the existing context form the new quarter both in scale and function. The neighborhood will be a study environment, but also a meeting place for Linköping citizens of different ages, which is clearly seen in the design of Kunskabsberget. The flexible design means that Kunskapsberget can also serve as a culture house for the


neighborhood with space for major sporting events and conferences. The building interprets the local perimeter blocks and reuses the recognizable pitched roofs and gabled motifs. The scale and height are shaped by the height and slope of the surrounding buildings and ensure that Kunskapsberget, despite its size, is elegantly part of the local environment. The block structure is oriented towards the square Drottningtorget and the surrounding street space, creating an inclusive environment and city life with exciting eye-level impressions. Facades and border zones are activated and are places where you meet and interact with students, local residents and visitors.

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THE MAIN BUILDING – KNOWLEDGE MOUNTAIN
The main building opens with a welcoming atrium to Drottningtorget and Linköping center and stands as a lighthouse for education and creativity. Atrium stages the profiled cultural programs in the main building and creates a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration at the school. Educational forms are constantly changing, and the flexible design of Knowledge Mountain makes it possible to adapt the framework to new and future needs. By creating rational spaces distributed on the two wings of the building centered around the open atrium, they can change size and function without any major interference with the building structure. The large atrium functions as a large arrival and distribution area and ensures easy and clear access


to the school’s different programs and zones. Towards the courtyard, Kunskapsberget has many living terraces that can be used by those who study and work in the building. The large terraces are adjacent to the library and to the student café. The other terraces function as outside group rooms where you can chill, study or have lessons. The public features of the buildings include a café, kiosk, bicycle / grocery store. These functions meet the needs of both students, employees and the public and are located at the main entrance of Drottningtorget and at the entrance to Axgränd. The circulation on the ground floor runs like a ribbon along the building, meaning that the building can easily and flexibly be used outside the school’s normal opening hours.

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AKTIVT UDEMILJØ
Kunskabsberget’s outdoor environment is characterized by meeting places and integrated natural environments that complement the school’s profile. The many outdoor terraces invite informal meetings with alternative classrooms and social pockets. Central in the yard is the “Knowledge’s own”, which forms a visual center and creates spaces for self-study or lunch breaks under the tree. Along the inner facade of the school, the outdoor environment reflects the underlying function. The restaurant thus features an outdoor kitchen, sports hall,


an outdoor gym and classrooms, outdoor areas for studying. The school’s outdoor material is designed as a modern interpretation of Kryddbodtorget in the open-air museum Old Linköping with integrated side decks in rustic concrete, larch trees and large plant boxes with wild flowers and grasses. The planting is structured to create an environment with high species diversity, low maintenance levels, with different plant sizes based on their space-creating properties.

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