Principal Hans Almgren describes the school as “a solid building in classic modernist style” and he is glad the refurbishment plan was able to maintain the look and feel of the original architecture. “They have managed to preserve something that is part of the school’s soul - the 1960s quality”, he says.
Almgren is especially pleased 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.”
Hans Almgren is well aware of the importance of creating a learning environment that is both inspiring and dignifying. A vocational school is always at risk of being regarded as a second-rate choice, he admits, and that is why the setting is so important.
“It is probably true that vocational training is not highly regarded, but we want to be the best in our sector. Our students are important and we want them to enjoy a nice and agreeable environment. This affects their confidence and their willingness to study.”