Open Platform


Type: Public school
Place: Haderselv South
Architect: NOVA5*
Landscape: WAD Landscape
Engineer: Gregersen & Olsson, Consel
Collaboration: Grønne & Jessen architects
Consultant: Lisa Rosén, pedagogical consultant
Status: Invited competition 2017

Seen from the air, the new Sønder Otting school is draped in an invisibility cloak of nature. The buildings are reduced to a single contour integrated into a playfull elevated landscape. Inside, the learning environment is divided into different universes and clusters designed to meet the various needs of various ages. All functions such as learning clusters, specialised class rooms, afterschool center, library and sportshall are a mix of open, semi-open and closed spaces concentrated in four fingers, which are connected by a main hall way. The hall way contains circulation space, activity zones and more intimate rooms such as quiet play-caves. The green roofs, the landscape between the fingers and the wooden building contributes to a very small Carbon footprint.


NLP: Project Leader/Originator concept and design, hands-on production.
JDP: Co-responsible for Prequalification and Tender. Responsible for communication, hands-on production.
JF: Competion architect, 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.