Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Schulanlage Falletsche, Zürich, Switzerland

Exemplary design categories: outdoor spaces, safety

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
The new facility harmonises well with the existing school infrastructure: a 1900 schoolhouse and two rows of buildings designed in the 1950s and 1960s. The shape of the complex has developed out of the hillside topography of the site. A large base construction containing a sports hall, media lounge and auditorium has been embedded into the terrain. Great care has been taken to integrate the new buildings into these surroundings. The levels have different widths, creating a cascade effect. The polygonal geometry of the terraces on the different levels and the shapes described by the pathways running through the site are strongly inspired by 1960s architecture. This determined not only their shape, but also their materialisation through the extensive use of concrete. The building volumes break and turn to create dynamic spaces and vivid spatial transitions. The existing and new buildings are characterised by transparency and openness, and have a clear and uncluttered feel. All spaces are visible both day and night, and this creates a sense of security. This is enhanced by the fact that the whole area is well illuminated at night. The design inside the building is intended to inspire both users and visitors. The interiors are light, with brightly-coloured red linoleum floors and simple concrete finishes on the walls. Each room has its own identity. The internal spatial organisation is flexible and can be adapted to different uses, including whole-class teaching, group working, and leisure and social activities. Wide sliding glass doors separate the classrooms from the corridors and the courtyard. They allow the classrooms to expand into the corridors and the courtyard, dissolving the borders between inside and outside. An innovative concept for the fire escape allows the circulation areas to be used as working and meeting zones.

Activity Areas: nine classrooms, three group rooms, technical training suites (Fachunterrichtszimmer), multipurpose rooms (Mehrzweckraum), an auditorium, a library, a meeting room and a staff room, double gym with room for training equipment and five dressing rooms, outside sport courts, library, youth centre, outside spaces, auditorium and gym can be used by local residents.

Project costs: CHF 26,900,000.00

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

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