The Roskilde festival folk high school
Most of us have heard of the Roskilde festival, which annually transforms the small town into the fourth-largest city in Denmark. What we didn’t know, is that they have their own school, designed by MVRDV and COBE architects as part of the Rockmagneten masterplan.
The school delivers ‘non-formal adult education,’ following the ideas of 19th-century Danish intellectual N.F.S. Grundtvig. He believed schools should educate their students to be active participants in society. The school promises a total educational immersion.
The school was designed along with new student housing on a once industrial site in Denmark inside an existing factory hall.
The school aims to further the values of the Roskilde festival through courses in music, media, leadership, politics, art, architecture, and design.
The full plan includes the school, housed in a former concrete factory, two new blocks of student housing, a building housing the school’s staff, and a strip of adaptable shipping-container-based structures that will host an ever-changing group of innovative startups — many with connections to music and youth culture.