Functionalist public health
The listed school building was built on the island of Amager in 1935-38 by the architect Kaj Gottlob (1887-1976). The school is one of the period's best examples of Functionalist architecture, in which sunlight, fresh air and hygiene are key elements. The School…
Daylight and fresh air for the workers' children
In the mid-1920s, pavilion schools began to replace the old-fashioned corridor schools that had predominated. The first example of a pavilion-style school was the sixth-form college of Øregårds Gymnasium, built in 1923-24 in the Neo-Classicist style. The central assembly hall especially took on a prominent position in the new school architecture of Functionalism. Kaj Gottlob built his first pavilion school, the Katrinedal School, in 1934. In the years that followed, he built his masterpiece, The School by the Sound", which was inspired by similar schools in Germany. The pavilion schools symbolise the Modernist movement's preoccupation with light, air, health and interaction with nature. It also conveyed the sociopolitical message that working class children also deserved to attend school in an appealing architectural setting. "
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