Arne Jacobsen. Aerial perspective drawing of the Munkegårds School, north of Copenhagen, from the southwest. 1950
The belief that children were more at ease in intimate spaces affected the plan and decoration of postwar schools, and resulted in numerous low-rise schools with access to small gardens adjacent to the classroom. Jacobsen’s Munkegårds School embodied this ideal. Although the school was large (designed for a thousand students from ages seven to fifteen), it retained a sense of intimacy. Small paved courts were landscaped with different flagstone patterns and plant species. Jacobsen designed three sizes of classroom furniture, including a plywood desk on a tubular steel frame with a satchel hook, along with laminated beech chairs that were lightweight and portable.
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