Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Pädagogische Hochschule (Teachers' Training) Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

The project involved transforming the college’s former indoor swimming pool into a centre for teacher training, information technology services, music and media, and a library. Certain features of the former facility – for example the unusual high and bright rooms in the swimming pool – were retained to link the old with the new facilities. The new 4-storey building has an open structure: from the lower level, where the former swimming pool is located, sets of two-level bookshelves ascend. These can be accessed via glass catwalks from the pool side and are linked to the cellar’s storage. Above the bookshelves, a light steel construction is hooked into the existing concrete steel skeleton. This room level communicates with the whole room by way of a gallery; bookrests are integrated into the gallery’s balustrade. The vestibule constructed of steel and glass which links the main building to the school gym is the only new and translucent room volume. In co-operation with artist Thomas Hamann, a lighting concept within the framework of the arts project “Kunst am Bau” (Art and Architecture) was undertaken. Coloured light tubes and reflecting blinds directing the light produce subtle colour and light moods within the various areas.
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About this database

The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the “Database of Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investment” on 29 September 2011. It seeks to inform the planning, design, construction, management and evaluation of educational spaces, combining resources for strategic investment in educational infrastructure, with exemplary school and university facilities from all over the world.

Drawing on the output of a joint CELE/European Investment Bank project on “Strategic Investment Planning for Educational Infrastructure” and more than 60 exemplary schools and universities featured in CELE’s flagship publication, “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”, this database is a unique international resource for educators, designers, policymakers and researchers alike.

Users of the database are encouraged to add their own resource material, or submit new completed university or school projects for publication on the database. OECD and EIB welcome your input to our project!

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