The dining room forms the beating heart of the school, its striking architecture breaking with the 1970s grid pattern to forge a new visual identity. A distinctive roof structure combines design elements and practical functions (ventilation, lighting, sound insulation).
With children in Germany now spending longer at school, the dining area offers a high-quality break-out area. Adjacent service buildings and hillocks offer protection from street noise, while the glazed front looks over the countryside and the rest of the complex. Outside, terraces and seating options create an inviting social space.
The roadside position – ideal for evening events – favours operating efficiency, concentrating pupil flows and keeping distances between school buildings short.
Low Impact - High Comfort
A model of sustainable and efficient construction, the inclusion of climatic parameters in the building’s integrated planning process helped determine both architecture and energy concept from the outset, producing a site-specific, energy-saving design which eliminates complex technical plant and reduces costs. The compact structure uses natural resources and principles in its ventilation and lighting schemes and in the choice of materials. The renewable wood roof, for example, was designed to keep waste to a minimum.
Lighting and ventilation
The transparent northern facade and northeast- and northwest-facing skylight dormers provide excellent natural lighting, while the northern aspect and the roof overhang – giving summer shade but letting in low-lying winter sun – minimise heat input. To the south, the adjoining rooms sit amid landscaped hillocks, cooling in summer and insulating in winter.
The building is naturally ventilated thanks to the mono-pitched roof and the thermal currents it generates. In summer, bespoke air intakes allow the direct inflow of supply air with surplus heat escaping via the dormer windows. In winter, supply air is pre-heated to prevent the cold outdoor air from creating drafts.