Open Platform


Type: Public school
Client: Municipality of Trondheim
Place: Trondheim, Norway
Architect: NOVA5*
Local architect: Plus Architects
Landscape: Barbakke
Size: 10.000 m² new building
Status: Competition 2017

Situated in a beautiful natural landscape, The Circle is designed to provide an eventful experience. The continuous indoor space allows for movement and play, where pupils learn via discovery. In the after school hours, the building transforms into a vibrant activity house for the whole city with a special focus on supporting the local music scene. A big multi purpose hall is used for sport events, music rehearsals and concerts. Barbakke's landscape offers an authentic and open-ended learning laboratory and pays homage to the raw nature and the small creek running through the school grounds.

Visualizations: Luxigon


NLP: Project responsible partner/Project Leader/Originator concept and design, hands-on production.
JDP: Responsible for Prequalification, Tender and Communication, Team coordinator/facilitator, hands-on production.
JF: Competition architect, hands-on production.
CC: Graphics designer, hands-on production.

In 2016, OP-partners Jennifer Dahm Petersen [JDP] and Niels Lund Petersen [NLP] entered NOVA5 as Associate Partners. In January 2018, they became formal Partners, Owners, Members of the Board and Everyday Leaders.

JDP, Communications Partner, was part of the acquisitions and new-bizz team. Besides coordinating and facilitating competition teams including idea-generation and feedback, she was responsible for communicating the company values and projects in media, presentations, lectures, conferences and workshops.

NLP, Creative Partner, was responsible for Competitions and New Development. Besides originating ideas, concepts and designs for new built projects, he was involved in several renewal projects and client consultancy. Among the winning schemes that NLP lead and originated are: New Elsinore Stadium, Dalby School, Havdrup Children's House.

Where JDP's/NLP's roles are not specified, the projects concerned were started/completed and carried out by staff or other partners and followed from the sidelines by JDP's/NLP in their partner period January 2016 to July 2019. Upon its relaunch October 2019, the OP team includes the following former NOVA5 people: Anders Dragheim, Founding Partner [AD], Christine Cato, Graphics Designer [CC], Kristine Lorenzen, Office Manager [KL], Peter Theibel, Business Developer [PT], Lotte Randeris, Project Leader [LR], Jon Frydenholm-Vad, Project Architect [JF]. Credited when relevant.