Sågbäckgymnasiet. VELUX modular skylights. Photo: STAMERS KONTOR
The sawtooth roof allows four bands of north-faced skylights to illuminate the interior. While the old skylights had frosted glass with dimming effect and extremely poor energy performance, the new ones are be able to support and nourish the new assembly area with plenty of daylight, ventilation and energy control.
"The light gives energy. The students don't really believe that, but it really does." - Eva Källen, teacher.
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Principal Hans Almgren describes the school as “a solid building in classic modernist style”, and he is glad the refurbishment plan could maintain the look and feel of the original architecture: “They have managed to preserve something that is part of the school’s soul - the 60s quality”, he says.
The principal is especially pleased with the way the new central area, with its dominating sawtooth ceiling performs, reinventing the original aesthetics of the building and taking full advantage of the ceiling’s potential.
“The skylight was key to the positive change. The architects always strived to open the building up, let in light and create visual depth. We have no dead corners, and no dark corners.”