Pädagogische Hochschule (Teachers' Training) Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Exemplary design categories: library/media/resource centreHow the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
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.
Involvement of users and the local community in the planning and design process:
Activity Areas: library, and information, media and music centres
Project costs: EUR 3,600,000.00
Source: Submitted to OECD for "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011" in 2010