Roskilde Festival Folk High School

Roskilde Festival Folk High School is the first newly-established and built folk high school of its kind in Denmark in 45 years, based on the ideals of the Roskilde festival. The ideals and values are very much influenced by the volunteer engagement, the humanistic focus and creative power, that every year forms and characterize the event and the community of Roskilde festival.


Location: Roskilde, Denmark

Year: 2017+

Client: Danmarks Rockmuseum, Roskilde Festival Hojskole and Roskildegruppen

Program: 3,000m2 high school and 2,600m2 housing

Budget: Undisclosed


The Danish folk high school is based on the Danish author and teacher N.F.S.Grundtvig (1872) idea of the folk high school - a school that in many ways differs from normal high schools, for example, the school has no curriculum and no exams, and both students and teachers are living at the school during a course. Further, are the folk high schools often focus on creative and humanistic topics and common life at the school.
The new 3,000m2 high school is a regenerated concrete factory, and accompanying this new centre for art, music, leadership and activism will be the 2,600m2 Roskilde Festival Folk High School student housing, a dynamic environment accommodating the future students of around 150 and teachers of the school.

The concept behind Roskilde Festival Folk High School is to maintain its current industrial shell and renovate it to its original look, whilst adding boxes to its interior to accommodate the classrooms and facilities. The continuous industrial interior is not only maintained but enriched, acting as a collective stage for activities for students. The main idea of this school is that gives room for different activities, organised in three main zones:

The mind - Writing/thinking/debate/leadership

The body - Dance/music

The hand - Visual arts/architecture/design

The boxes include an auditorium for 150 people, a tribune for open discussions, a music studio, workshop, architecture, dance and art classrooms. Materiality reflects the creative identity of the school and the program inside, which over time will be informally developed by the students through graffiti, art, pin-up etc.

The social intentions of the scheme, led by Ragnarock museum of pop, rock and youth culture, inspires but also leaves room for further development of outdoor plazas that will breed creativity through a new social, informal platform. The ROCKmagneten masterplan encourages new possibilities for music and creativity by providing an inclusive environment with constant connections between music, education, leisure, performance, indoor and outdoor.

The school is part of the 11,000m2 ROCKmagneten masterplan that will transform the existing cement factories on site into a district for rock music, creativity and youth culture by adding three new buildings, the completed Ragnarock, Roskilde Festival Folk High School, to be completed in Autumn 2018, and the Roskilde Festival Folk High School student housing to be finalized by the end 2017.

Roskilde Festival Folk High School is financed with contribution from Realdania, AP Møller Foundation, Knud Højgaard Foundation, Roskilde Gruppen and the City of Roskilde.

MVRDV and COBE continue to work on the next phases of the masterplan and look forward to presenting them in the near future.

To find out more about the school visit the website here


Roskilde Festival Folk High School

Architects: COBE, DK and MVRDV, NL


Principal-in-charge: Jacob van Rijs

Partner: Fokke Moerel

Competition Phase: Klaas Hofman, Sara Bjelke, Rune Veile, Francesca Becchi, Nas Alkhaldi and Sara Impera

Design Development: Aser Giménez Ortega, Mette Rasmussen, Emilie Koch, Julius Kirchert, Mateusz Wojcieszek, Samuel Delgado, Gerard Heerink, Andrei-Docu Predescu, Kalina Pilat and Klara Andersson

Copyright: MVRDV 2018 – (Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries)  


Design Development: Dan Stubbergaard, Thomas Krarup, Sonia Bom, Caroline Krogh Andersen, Jens Kert Wagner, Clement Bue Maali, Milan Milenkovski, Simon Engberg Christensen, Morten Andersen, Anis Souissi, Marine Pierson, Tenna Buus Rasmussen, Tamara Kalanajevska, Daniella N. Eskildsen, Jannis Bruns, Arvydas Gasparavicius, Gianluigi D'Aloisio, Jonas Snedevind Nielsen and Jonas Søndergaard

Landscape Architects: LIW Planning, DK and Kragh & Berglund, DK

Engineering Structure & MEP: Norconsult, DK

Costing: COBE/MVRDV/Norconsult

Fire Safety: Alectia, DK

Acoustics: Gade & Mortensen, DK

Advisors/consultants: Transsolar, DE, BKD Consulting, DK

Images: Christopher Malheiros Paris

Drawings and Diagrams: MVRDV and COBE

Roskilde Festival Folk High School Student Housing

Architects: COBE, DK and MVRDV, NL


Principal-in-charge: Jacob van Rijs

Partner: Fokke Moerel

Design Team: Aser Giménez Ortega, Mette Rasmussen, Julius Kirchert, Mateusz Wojcieszek and Samuel Delgado

Copyright: MVRDV 2018 – (Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries)  


Design Team: Dan Stubbergaard, Thomas Krarup, Eik Bjerregaard, Jens Kert Wagner, Bart Smets, Marine Pierson, Marianne Filtenborg, Sonia Bom, Simon Engberg Christensen, Simon Elander Hinnerud and Jonas Søndergaard

Engineering: Norconsult, DK

Fire Safety: Alectia, DK

Contractor: Scandi Byg, DK

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