Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Schulanlage Leutschenbach, Zürich, Switzerland

Exemplary design categories: community use and involvement, energy efficiency, flexible learning settings, green school, integrated services

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
This school is a very visible landmark in an emerging residential development, with is elegant six-storey glass and steel structure. The design was selected through an architectural competition, in which members of the school planning bureau, representatives of the school district and the future principal participated. The frame rests on six load-bearing pillars, allowing for a completely free arrangement of the internal space. The building meets Swiss low energy standards (certified under the Minergie criteria). It was constructed using non-toxic materials, including recycled concrete. The main teaching rooms are on the first, second and third floors. These floors are organised along a longitudinal axis, with the classrooms arranged each side of a wide open central space running down the spine of the building. The large open common areas on each floor can be used for learning activities This is a community-based school, and many facilities are open to the public. including the cafeteria and child day-care room located on the ground floor, and the library and multipurpose hall on the fourth floor, and the gymnasium.

Activity Areas: 18 classrooms, 6 rooms for specialised instruction such as home economics, three handicraft rooms, a gymnasium and a multipurpose hall.

Project costs: CHF 59,500,000.00

Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"

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