Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Hilde-Domin-Schule, Herrenberg, Germany

Exemplary design categories: comfort, green school, outdoor spaces, vocational facilities

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
The new structure respects the style and character of the existing building , with open, flexible and pleasant surroundings in a setting that fosters a sense of nature and respect for the environment. Iin 1983, Behnisch Architekten was commissioned to design a new annex to allow the school to expand. Designed to be independently accessible and to function autonomously, the new building is sited immediately to the south of the main college building. The new structure respects the style and character of the existing building without simply copying or imitating the original architecture. The wooden exteriors are constructed from locally sourced larch. Through the main entrance, visitors enter a generously glazed lobby. This gives beautiful views across meadows and orchards. From the lobby, pupils can access a recreation yard sheltered by the projecting form of the roof. The interior is characterised by the open forms of the classrooms and workshops, which are extensively glazed to both the façade and the corridor, creating airy, open perspectives, promoting visual contact between the school community. Green linoleum floor coverings in the corridors accentuate the rural character of the building, while the workshops have parquet flooring.

Activity Areas: 6 craft workshops, 2 classrooms with ancillary rooms, offices for staff and the students’ council, a doctor’s surgery, a small assembly hall and a room for meetings with parents.

Project costs: EUR 1,600,000.00

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

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“The annex fulfils its basic requirement, that users must feel good. In my experience, this not only has a positive influence on working attitudes, but also encourages users to be much more careful with the building itself.”
School's former director

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