Jersie School Scenarios

The 6.600m2 large Jersie School will be closed in summer 2014 due to pupil shortage, and an adaptive re-use of this large structure needs to be conceived. What kind of futures can be imagined, and how can the citizens benefit from the transformation of the shutdown school? Could the transformed school become an asset for the growth plans of the municipality?

For the first project phase, MUTOPIA has developed a number of adaptive reuse scenarios for the shutdown school in close collaboration with The Municipality of Solrød and Colliers International.

The scenarios are based on a careful assessment of the existing qualities of the building mass and surroundings, the accessibility of the structure, as well as its market value.

Max qualities, min intervention

Cleantech Hub investigates the possibilities of turning the existing structure into an attractive venue for the cleantech industry based on the good accessibility of the site, the overall cleantech profile development of Copenhagen, as well as the attractive rental prizes of the area. Three building volumes are ‘lifted’ as the only signs of the transformation. The ‘lifted’ volumes provide a new identity for the site as a new growth center for young entrepreneurs, while also providing three visible areas of public exchange: a new main entrance, a showroom, and a cafeteria. To further enhance the cleantech profile, all the south oriented roofs are provided with suncells.


Knowledge City contemplates opportunities of development based on densification of the existing building mass. Three major urban elements which take geometric shape in response to the ‘gaps’ between the existing buildings double the gross floor area of the building mass, while adding a quality of ‘grandeur’ to the site corresponding to the international growth ambitions of the municipality. The cube, cylinder and prism provide three recognizable identities for three distinct new programs: Business&Conference Centre, Business School and Knowledge Bazaar, while the existing network of low rise buildings accommodates administration, resident hall, campus cafés and restaurants, along with a number of service facilities.


Eco Village re-invents the suburban garden city dream by uniting living, gardening and profitable fruit-and vegetables production into a synergetic whole. By removing 50% of the building mass, the light conditions and views of the remaining building mass are dramatically improved, making them suitable for residential use. The downsizing of the building mass provides new opportunities for greening efforts directed at transforming the structure into a highly attractive communitarian green living environment. The removed buildings are replaced by glasshouses; the existing ‘hard’ surfaces are replaced by allotment gardens, and a rooftop fruit orchard doubles the total production area and improves the building performance, while enhancing the biodiversity of the site.

During the next project phase, one of the scenarios will be further developed, together with The Municipality of Solrød, investors and project stakeholders, to enable construction.

Client: Municipality of Solrød

Program: adaptive re-use of shutdown school, total gross floor area 6.600m2

Year: 2014

Location: Solrød, Denmark

Team: Serban Cornea, Kristina Adsersen, Carina Nissen, Marcin Kruk, Krzysztof Fornalewski, Jolanta Szczepanik

Collaborators: Colliers International Denmark

Status: commission