A. P. Møller School

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A. P. Møller School
A. P. Møller Skolen
Schleswig, Germany
Type public Danish gymnasium in Germany
Founded 2008
Director Jørgen Kühl

The A. P. Møller School (Danish: A. P. Møller Skolen) is a Danish gymnasium in Schleswig (Danish: Slesvig), Southern Schleswig, Germany. Inaugurated in September 2008, it was a gift to the Danish minority of Southern Schleswig from the A. P. Møller Foundation. It is named after the Danish shipping magnate of the same name.

The school is situated at a scenic site, overlooking the Schlei Inlet. Built without traditional budget restraints to the design of C. F. Møller Architects, the school is noted for the high quality of its architecture and the materials used[1] and won 2010 RIBA European Award for its design.[2] Furniture include Arne Jacobsen sofas and chairs and artwork includes a light installation of the solar system by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.

The school is designed using principles from the Danish education system. As a result the new school building comprises a variety of flexible spaces that can adapt to the self-driven and varied learning experiences that are encouraged.[3]


The A. P. Møller School is built on the former military barracks site "Auf der Freiheit" (Danish: På Friheden), just east of the Schleswig city centre.[4]


The atrium

The A. P. Møller School is structured around two large, central toplit spaces, one containing common areas with a canteen, reception hall and knowledge centre on three storeys, and the other being a larger sports and multi-purpose hall with three arenas. Communal stairwaus fouble as an Amphitheatre for a large, sloping copper roof connects these two spatial elements, with the masonry built in yellow bricks.[3]

The school’s physical location and design take a point of departure in the site’s interaction with the town of Schleswig and Slien Fjord, as well as in the desire to create timeless architecture.


The school teaches both Danish and German on a native-speaker level. All other topics are instructed in Danish.


Gammel Dok seen from the south


  1. ^ "The AP Møller School". Monocle. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "2010 RIBA Award Winners Announced". Bustler. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "The Danish approach to education design". World Architecture News. Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "A. P. Møllerskolen". grænseforeningen. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 

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Coordinates: 54°31′28″N 9°33′16″E / 54.524464°N 9.554564°E / 54.524464; 9.554564