Bagartorpsskolan in Solna is a secondary school with 360 students. FOJAB has been tasked with transforming the schoolyard from an empty asphalt area with nothing to do, to an inclusive schoolyard with something to do for everyone, in a process involving students from the school and in close collaboration with Hemsö. It now features greenery, a welcoming outdoor living room, an activity trail, a wave-shaped bench, playfully designed ball courts, ping-pong tables and cozy seating around trees.

The Raoul Wallenberg School, which runs the school, has a special focus on health, movement and democracy and it was therefore natural to use FOJAB's Equalizer method - a method to drive inclusive processes in collaboration with users and to design environments that attract more people to move.

The project started with a dialogue with students from the student council where we analyzed the schoolyard together. Together we practiced looking at it from different perspectives to understand how the design of the schoolyard can help support different people in different situations. What is important if you are alone, if you don't feel like going out, if all your friends want to do different things and so on? With this as a starting point, the students built models that were transformed into sketches by us architects in several steps.

The schoolyard is made up of different rooms. An activity area that is playful but not childish and that works both when you are alone and with others. A living room with a cozy indoor feel that helps to take the first step outside. An arena with ball games designed to encourage alternative ways of playing and where you can step in gradually. A gathering place that provides a welcoming centerpiece where you can choose to overlook, be seen or be left alone. A garden area that is a place to retreat to for peace and quiet. And the entrance where you should feel welcome and seen when you arrive at school in the morning.

Facts and figures

Project name



Dialog, skiss, projektering

Completed in 2023

Contact person
Emma Pihl
+46 701 - 66 92 25

Project team

Project architect
Emma Pihl
Planning architect FPR/MSA

Åsa Samuelsson
Architect SAR/MSA, Head of FOJABlab

Sofia Fors
Landscape architect MSA

Johanna Andersson
Landscape architect LAR/MSA