A different, inclusive and inspiring learning space for students attending Järfälla High School. When the university preparatory programme moved to new premises in Barkarbystaden, Kinnarps was tasked with creating interior design that encourages learning and meets the needs of young adults for creative interaction as well as solo studying. The school applies to the called Accessible Learning according to the criteria of the National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools, which further challenged Kinnarps to think outside the box in order to convert the ideas and needs of the school management and students into reality.
Kinnarps and Järfälla High School worked closely together in order to find a total solution on which everyone could agree, with the students, the principal and the staff all involved in the decision-making process. For example, Kinnarps presented more seating space suggestions than were specified in the order, so the students were able to try out and vote for their four favourites. The result is a study and working environment that the students strongly support and where everyone has had their say.
The task Kinnarps was given was clear: Järfälla High School´s new premises should reflect the fact that the studies are a threshold to adult life and preparation for university studies or work. The interior design has been carefully selected and assembled to create room for development and learning, with space for working in groups as well as opportunities for privacy and concentration.
Inspired by modern workplaces, an open-plan and flexible interior was created which more closely resembles the future workplaces of the students than traditional school interiors. In addition to the open space Studietorget, there are bookable group rooms and study rooms where students can study in peace and quiet, alone or in groups.
The premises in the building are flooded with light, both from floor-to-ceiling windows around the entire storey and from the middle of the building, which is open all the way up to the glass ceiling on the tenth floor. A school with several hundred students and teachers generates a lot of noise, so to create a good acoustic environment, Kinnarps has worked carefully with upholstered furniture, textiles and sound-absorbing screens.
Järfälla Municipality’s entire operations are focused on sustainability and consideration for the environment at every stage, and it is the first in Sweden to certify an entire district, specifically Barkarbystaden, where Järfälla High School´s new premises are located. All furniture from Kinnarps’ own brand is made in Sweden from carefully selected, sustainable materials. All deliveries are packed together and transported without unnecessary single-use packaging.
The sustainability aspect was crucial in the procurement process and permeated the entire assignment. Kinnarps was able to both meet and exceed our environmental and quality-related sustainability requirements. Kinnarps’ furniture and interior design are of an exceptionally high quality, durable and functional, and last year after year, so we can focus on our activities.
In this project, Kinnarps has met Järfälla High School´s requirements for multiple aspects of sustainability – social, environmental and quality-related. Through close two-way communication with the management, teachers and students throughout the entire process, they have landed on a solution where everyone feels included and where the new school environment creates the best conditions for accessible learning for many years to come.
We’re extremely satisfied with Kinnarps’ delivery and it has truly been a great collaboration. A project like this is a major investment for a school, where the functionality, colours and shapes are intended to last for many years to come. This is a once-in-a-lifetime project for a principal, which is why it’s so reassuring and rewarding to know the end result far exceeded our expectations. Kinnarps converted our vision into reality.