Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Facility of the week

Holzkirchen Realschule und Grundschule, Holzkirchen, Germany

This school complex comprises a primary school, a secondary school and a day-care facility for younger children. The architecture consciously references the pastoral landscape of this part of Bavaria. From the air and from many neighbouring buildings, the complex appears as five classroom blocks. Making good use of the contours of the site, which has a 4m drop from the top to lower part of the plot, the project has been conceived as a “school with two ground floors”. Built at the same level as the top of the site, the flat green roof is the first of these “ground floors”. Sunken courtyards have been “cut” into this plate to create courtyards and playgrounds at the lower ground floor level. General classrooms are accommodated on the upper level. With external façades of larch cladding, these rooms have oak floors and are decorated in warm colours. Students look directly out onto the 7 500m2 meadow, which can be used as a play area, as a space for outdoor classrooms and, on part of the roof, as pasture for cattle. From street level, it becomes apparent that this meadow is a large green roof that covers a lower ground level, where there are further classrooms and a sports hall. Each classroom is naturally lit and ventilated. The green roof provides good insulation and minimises rainwater run-off. In the interior, the exposed concrete floors, ceilings and walls throughout the building have a thermal mass that helps to maintain stable room temperatures.
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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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