Powerhouse Drøbak Montessori Secondary School

Powerhouse Drøbak Montessori Secondary School

Drøbak, Norway
Project Year
Secondary Schools
Robin Hayes

Powerhouse Drøbak Montessori Secondary School

Snøhetta as Architects

In 2015, Snøhetta was commissioned by Drøbak Montessori School to design their new secondary school facilities on a site surrounded by beautiful forest in Drøbak, Norway. It is the first Powerhouse educational building.


The design is derived from the energy concept, the Montessori pedagogy, the physical context and a tight budget. The architecture is considered a social and educational tool, with the Powerhouse concept as the main formative element.

The rectangular building is positioned close to the forest edges, creating a large outdoor play area in close connection to the surrounding nature. Passive measures such as a compact volume, high U-values and materials that are low in embodied energy, ensure the building´s low energy demand.

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