The main building mass is to house the teaching part of the program, which asks for spacious milieus; for high-quality and safe learning areas for employees, students and other users. The project aims to provide the best possible built framework for contemporary teaching and integration activities. Landåssvingen 15 will welcome high numbers of professional employees working at the Introduction Center and at the Agency for Inclusion (“Etat for integrering”). All administrative offices are planned in line with the concept of activity-based workplaces.
Nygård skule, the introduction centre for refugees, and “Etat for integrering” are placed within the existing teacher’s college, which is planned to open in the fall of 2023. Interestingly, Nygård school is the largest school in the city of Bergen, with over 1 500 students of diverse age: it functions as a professional training centre for adults, and is one of the principal locations for the teaching of Norwegian cultural and social skills. It also offers a variety of work and language workshops.
Despite programmatic demands for extensive security measures, the building is designed to be as open as possible, with generous spaces for social and professional meeting places. Existing building blocks (B, C, D, E, F) consist of five continuous college buildings made of concrete and other modular façade elements from 1963. The ensemble is completed at its centre by an administrative building dating from 1995 which connects to the older buildings with an atrium-like glass covered street, and by a built volume called Building A. This building contains auditoriums, a canteen, classrooms and offices. Building B houses a library; Building C, administration rooms and auditorium; Building D, three gymnasiums with wardrobes and showers; Building E, classrooms and special rooms; and Build F, a swimming pool. The project also includes an upgrade of existing outdoor sports facilities with new wardrobe facilities and a clubhouse for the local sports team, Baune.