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Biri kindergarden and elementary school

Facts about the school:

Client: Straye Trebygg AS
Architect: Kontur Arkitekter AS
Developer: Gjøvik Municipality
Contractor: Backe Oppland AS
Sweco’s role: Design of timber structures
Area: 2220 m2 (kindergarten) + 6150 m2 (elementary school)

Located in Gjøvik municipality, Biri kindergarten and elementary school consists of two modern timber buildings designed to nurture the well-being of children and adults alike. Both the indoor and outdoor spaces are thoughtfully designed to inspire development and creativity.

The load-bearing structures are constructed using solid wood and glued laminated timber. The curved shape of the kindergarten building presents more complex structural systems compared to traditional timber constructions. The two-story school building incorporates multiple connection points in the construction to ensure optimal stability.

Through close collaboration with the architect, Sweco has contributed to the creation of two beautiful buildings that leverage the stable and flexible properties of timber materials, showcasing the visual appeal of timber structures.