Artigo Granito Elastic used in Tromstun School
Tromstun school - an hour away from Tromso, Norway - is an innovative model in education, combining theoretical learning and science labs with a wide array of physical activities including sand volleyball court, basketball, spinning, dancehall and music rooms - as well as designer items everywhere, from class stools to sofas and chairs.
All these amenities prompted Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet to ask the question: Is this the finest school?
Architects HLM Arkitektur created an energy-efficient building that can withstand the severe climate conditions of the Norwegian Tromso valley. The school has a total surface of 8500 sqm. Artigo Rubber provided 4800 sqm of Granito Elastic flooring in two colors, G311 and G367. Granito Elastic is a special acoustic design that guarantees a noise reduction up to 20 dB. The floors can be found in the classes as well as in the library.
It is interesting to point out that some floors have an integrated lightning system, to help visually impaired students. It is only one of the latest technological solutions that Tromstun deploys to ensure that even kids with special needs can have total access to every floor and activity: other features include voice-controlled elevators and adjustable kitchen sinks.
In a recent interview the headmistress of Tromstun school, which has a capacity of 540 students, said: “We simply have the opportunity to work practically and use innovative pedagogy. We are privileged to have this building, this architectural and technological structure, as well as all the amenities. But we do not take it for granted. We are very aware that we cannot sit back and not take the educational content seriously”.
The access to practical activities, such as the science labs, has had an actual impact on the learning curve, with students developing a new-found interest and love for chemistry and physics. "I think it has something to do with the mood and the inspiration that comes from attending the school" says the headmistress. "Both students and teachers actually want to be here, to work here". And who could argue with them?
Project Details: HLM Architecture - Flooring: Artigo Granito Elastic 4755 SqM - Photo Credits: HANNE JØRGENSE