A former military barrack was converted into a modern high school. Half of the main building was demolished and extended with a terraced building around a central courtyard. The courtyard offers various seating areas for relaxing and learning outside the classrooms. The entire school was designed to be open and bright. The new transparent main entrance in the historical façade invites the view into the green courtyard. All the communication areas are situated around the courtyard with room-high windows, which allow direct connection to the outside with plenty of natural light. As a contrast all the classrooms are located along the outer façade with horizontal windows to create quiet atmosphere to concentrate on classes. Modern room concept allows different teaching approaches. While the junior classes are taught in clusters on the ground floor, the senior classes are organized according to the department system on the first floor. The students have their own lounges, so called “Home bases”, which serve as study areas as well as Chill-out areas and social meeting space. The top floors are for all the students to visit special classes for art and science. In order to avoid overheating in the summer, a night ventilation system is used for cooling. Electricity is generated by a photovoltaic system on the roof. The main building is connected to a former horse-riding hall, which were converted into two gymnastic halls with a gallery space. The third gymnastic hall is in the basement of the main building.
The exterior and interior concept of “Vienna West Highschool” is based on reduced materials and colors. The Eternit-façade of the extension is adjusted to the color of the existing building, creating a harmonic connection between old and new. Linoleum floor tiles in different colors and patterns are defining functions in the rooms while giving accent to the interior. The wooden acoustic wall panels in the entrance hall create a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Name: Vienna West High School Architects: SHIBUKAWA EDER ARCHITECTS, F+P ARCHITEKTEN Location: Steinbruchstraße 33, 1140 Vienna Completion: 2018 Type of commission: Competition Client: Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft mbH Structural engineer: RWT plus ZT GmbH Photographer: Kurt Kuball Floor area: 12.483 m2