Last week SPINN Arkitekter took a study trip to visit 3 new schools on our way to the grand opening of our own Mesterfjellet School in Larvik. Our road trip took us past Hegg School in Drammen by L2 (under construction), Færder High-School in Tønsberg by White Arkitekter (completed 2014), and Haukerød School in Sandefjord by L2.
We completed our tour at the opening ceremony for Mesterfjellet School, joined by our friends and colleagues from Cebra, Various Architcts and Østengen & Bergo Landscape Architecture. The students from the school treated the mayor, local politicians, employees, and the whole design and construction team to a wonderful performance that really showed off the school's new stage and sound equipment.
In all my years as an architect, I think this opening was one of the most touching experiences I've ever had in a building I helped design. Seeing the kids, so proud to show off their new school, and listening to the teachers giving visitors the guided-tour - I really felt that this is a building that is going to make a difference in a lot of people's lives. Which is EXACTLY what I think Architecture should be about.