‘There are three teachers of children: adults, other children and their physical environment. Cherish childrens’ spaces and create an environment rich in evocative objects that triggers active learning. Space is the third teacher.’
Untermenzing – a scarcely populated county of Munich with single-family dwellings – needs a new primary school and a public sports centre with gym and swimming pools. The two volumes are melted into one and create exciting intersectional spaces. The primary school volume is situated slightly backwards of publicness of the square which is given shape by the volume of the sports centre. The new school and sports centre enclose the old townhall building which is reactivated in its public function.
The heart of the school is the large sundrenched atrium surrounded by class rooms on all sides. A thick wall with openings to be inhabited by the children allows views down into the swimming pool. It forms the most important intersectional space where both volumes unite. The perforated facade is the linking element between the two volumes strengthening the feeling of a larger whole. It acts like a second skin; creates smooth transitions shaped by the sun and resulting in interesting light situations inside. When school is over and sport clubs use the sports centre at night, the facade is illuminated from behind and the building becomes a visible marker for the new county centre.
sem 6 (summer 2013) | B.A. Graduation Project
Department for Spatial Art & Lighting Design | TU Munich
Prof. Hannelore Deubzer
Laura Katharina Straehle