Education Centre IHK Northern Black Forest
The concept of this education centre is defined by a simple urban figure creating two new public spaces of different purpose and character. Registering the specific location at the junction of two streets, the angled, L-shaped building forms a new public forecourt and a more intimate courtyard with good amenity values.
Due to the sloping site, the project comprises a three storey building on a mediating plinth to connect the new school building closely with the existing urban space and the contiguous topography levels. The main stairs with a ramp invite pupils and visitors from the new public entrance space into the slightly raised school foyer that links both new urban spaces internally. The rear green courtyard is purposely lowered to the adjacent street level behind to allow for the required degree of noise protection and privacy as well as generating a set of seating steps overlooking the school courtyard.
The urbanistically and topographically developed figure of an angled building on top of a mediating plinth leads to the architectural idea to express the language of the new school as a series of volumes of different character, purpose and material: timber learning rooms, steel escape staircases and the concrete carpark plinth generate a volumetric and material differentiation breaking down the scale of the overall building and yet creating a unified whole through the homogeneous interaction of patinated timber, exposed steel and light concrete.
Client: Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Northern Black Forest
Competition: November 2018, 3rd prize
Gross floor area: 6,000 m²
Model: Béla Berec, Esslingen