Activity-based spaces for primary
and lower secondary school

Both pupils and teachers are faced with a wealth of activities in primary and lower secondary school. This places huge demands on the school’s design and the students’ ability to be flexible. There must be room for academic immersion, for working in large and small groups, for project work and for physical activity and play.

We have broken down school life into five overall learning zones, which we use as a basis for creating spaces that meet the needs of both teachers and pupils.

The five zones are:

The good framework

Oration is a zone that primarily focuses on providing the best possible conditions for one-way communication, such as teacher introductions or student presentations. When designing this zone, it should be taken into consideration that one or few people will be teaching a larger audience.

The oration zone can, for instance, be a classroom where the tables are placed in straight rows facing the hiteboard. You can also have a teaching zone where students are placed on a staircase or perhaps on a carpet that marks the teaching zone.

Students often learn the most from communicating with others.

Make room for

In this zone, many different types of activities take place, such as group discussions and problem-solving. The characteristics are interaction and conversation, so the zone is often designed with fronts facing each other in an environment where talking is allowed. Interaction zones must accommodate different group sizes – from working in pairs to larger group assignments. The best result is achieved with a varied landscape of collaboration zones that consist of high tables, classic group tables, and soft seating – as well as informal and more formal areas.

It is easier to collaborate when we know the final goal for the task. Thereby, we can focus more on the product rather than the process

Rooms within rooms for individual

When you are reading new academic material or solving a complicated assignment, the need for smaller rooms to work concentrated in arises. Individual reflection is a zone that provides a break from the many inputs of the school day and allows students to stay focused on one activity.

The zone provides students with a calm space where the individual’s need for a personal work place are met. Therefore, it is beneficial to consider individual concentration within different spaces, such as a “workstation” by the window, a seating cave, a comfortable armchair, or an area with mobile sound-cancelling screens. Some students may prefer complete silence and screen enclosure, while others may be able to focus in a larger room.

Did you know that the ability to remain focused decreases after 10 minutes?

Large gestures and

Hands On consists of workshop-like activities. Here, examination and production are the center – ideas are developed and tested. The zone is found in traditional classrooms, but should also be accessible for students in other classes. In this zone, people create presentations, prototypes, and models that are used to support teaching. The focus is on storage and material wealth that inspires students’ creativity and supports teaching with tactile elements.

Large writing surfaces for brainstorming and sketching processes will also typically be found in a Hands On zone to support idea development and project-based teaching.

It has a positive effect on students’ well-being and academic development when teaching relates to real life and is practical

Calm, play, relaxation, and

Here, the focus is on leisure, play, free time, and relaxation. For many students, recess takes place outside, but few indoor elements have a positive effect on students. If a student needs to be by themselves during the day, this zone is also ideal. This break can be held alone or together, so the zone should encourage both options.

Often, students’ whereabouts are determined by whether they have class or recess. It can be beneficial to have rooms and interior design that are not associated with teaching to create a space for free time for students.

Did you know that taking a break has a significant effect on students’ performance?

Working with the five zones helps us ensure the best possible conditions for success for the activities that most often take place in a school day across all disciplines.

Close dialogue
Working closely with you, we try to understand how your school uses the different zones and to develop a solution that suits your specific needs.


We don’t believe in a one-and-only right way to design environments.
We believe people vary, so schools should vary, too.

Your project is in good hands with us
We can handle your project – no matter the size.

Whether it is furnishings for a new school, a long-term plan for the school’s interior design or extra tables and chairs to be used with existing classroom furnishings – we have done it all before and we will do it all again. Our experienced project managers are your guarantee that we can get the job done together. From preliminary sketches and ideas to delivery and installation.

Our extensive network of suppliers and three factories are ready to help.


This gives you access to the largest collection of both designer and standard products in Denmark. If you can’t find a standard product that suits your project, made-to-order products are everyday fare for us. We customize to suit your needs.


At HOLMRIS B8, we are grouped into segments. This means:

  • Your contact at HOLMRIS B8 works with schools – and only schools. You get a sparring partner who regularly attends education conferences and lectures to keep up-to-date on current trends and who understands the newest learning methods.
  • You get furniture produced for use in schools that can withstand the bumps and wear that are a natural part of everyday life at school.
  • We offer flexible delivery and installation, to keep any disruption in your day to an absolute minimum.

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