Vittra school Södermalm

Imaginative and colorful interior in historic setting. Rosan Bosch has created an inspiring setting for students and teachers at the Vittra school in the Stockholm district of Södermalm

Library and study table/ Photo: Kim Wendt
Small cave / Photo: Kim Wendt
Mountain / Photo: Kim Wendt
Window niches / Photo: Kim Wendt
Ballroom / Photo: Kim Wendt
Ballroom / Photo: Kim Wendt
Library / Photo: Kim Wendt
Library / Photo: Kim Wendt
Study table  / Photo: Kim Wendt
Lounge / Photo: Kim Wendt
Organic conversation furniture / Photo: Kim Wendt
Group room / Photo: Kim Wendt
Group room / Photo: Kim Wendt
Floor plan / Rosan Bosch Studio
 

Vittra school Södermalm

topic
Featured / Identity & interior / Teaching & institution
year 2012

Crystal chandeliers, colorful caves and a library that opens like a treasure chest. Rosan Bosch Studio has transformed common areas at the Swedish school Vittra Södermalm into an inspiring learning environment that brings together education and leisure.

Vittra Södermalm has 350 students and is located in a historic building in central Stockholm. The new design strives to support the school's pedagogical methods and gives teachers and students the opportunity to work in different settings depending on the learning situation. The design solution comprises small caves for concentration and contemplation, a colorful cave with deep red upholstery, organic high tables for group work, and a soft lounge furniture for informal gatherings.

"Rosan Bosch has created a learning environment that helps us keep our educational visions into reality," says Annica Ångell, rector of Vittra Södermalm. "She has created an environment that gives the students and teachers the opportunity to chose from different environments depending on their needs. It's a huge support in their daily work."
 
With the new interior, the school's large common area has been the focal point for teaching, tutorials and social activities. In the middle of the area a huge black box with wavy red graphics sets the unconventional framework for the school library. The library contains of books magazines, ipads, laptops, working material - and it lures passers with its colors and built-in light in the shelves.
 
"I see it as our job to create an environment where students thrive and feel happy about being at school," says Rosan Bosch. "I have tried to break down the boundary between leisure and work by building this "treasure chest" where tools for learning and inspiration are combined with places where it’s nice to be" .
 
Vittra Södermalm is part of the Swedish free school organization Vittra. Rosan Bosch Studio has also developed interior designs for Vittra Telefonplan and Vittra School Brotorp.