A meandering band of white concrete, which links old and new buildings as well as the outdoor facilities, is not only functional but creates a sense of identity and design coherence. This sinuous ribbon is both a structuring and space creating element. It forms the new main entrance with an open and generous flourish before turning into the roof of the new building and bordering the sports ground to the south-west. It finally moves on over the roof of the newly added gymnasium.
The band creates poetic, “inviolable” open spaces due to its detachment from the essential functional rooms. The calm dappling of the sun’s reflections provide a contrast to the lively, busy children’s area. Unlike the dark, old structure, the new building is characterised by the transparence of the new hall with its many windows, which offer vistas from the schoolyard to the street. The new part complements the more introverted existing structure and generates an atmospheric counterpoint.
The interior cladding made from light coloured, large format panels is fitted flush and integrates the building’s technical installations and lighting. This allows the meandering concrete band to be accentuated as a purely architectural element. The class rooms are equipped with: durable, authentic materials such as smoked oak parquet, wool felt pin boards for the acoustics and builtin furniture.
The room-high windows open outwards. A striking deep louvred curtain in white aluminium made of ALUCOBOND® tray panels provides the south-facing glazing with effective shade. They also make an essential contribution to the appearance of the façade within its urban surroundings.Location: Warendorf, Germany Architect: m.schneider a.hillebrandt architektur Project name: Extension of a school in Warendorf
Fabricator: Athens GmbH, Hoevelhof Germany
Year of construction: 2010
Product: ALUCOBOND ® plus, Cream 102
Photos: Christian Richters