Danish-origin architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has announced that ground has been broken at the future cite of its Faroe Islands Education Center, which will become something of a mega-school on Denmark's self-governing archipelago midway between Iceland and Norway.
The most interesting thing about this 19,000 sq m (205,000 sq ft) building is its shape, which BIG describes as "a vortex, radiating out towards its surroundings." The building is comprised of five p-shaped stories stacked loop over loop. The tail of each p protrudes at a different angle, which will provide each level with unique views of the surrounding mountains or nearby harbor.
Situated in the Faroe Islands' capital, Torshavn, the building will amalgamate three existing schools: the Faroe Islands Gymnasium, Torshvan Technical College and the Business College of the Faroe Islands, each of which will be allocated a story of the building. Students from each will be able to intermingle in the rotunda formed at the center of the building's loops.
Collectively, 1,200 students and 300 teachers will walk the halls upon completion in 2014.