Munich International School – Extension, Starnberg
Munich International School, Starnberg
Negotiated procedere Top rank
Start of Planning - Completion
2011 - 2015
2 - 9
Planning: Jessica Lauterbach, Bettina Szabó, Corinna Huber, Silke Koller, Site management: Markus Dunau
Total cost 12,000,000 €
Gross floor area 6,037 m²
Located on the grounds of Schloss Buchhof in Starnberg, the structural extension of the Senior School of MIS (Munich International School) forms the endpoint of a central campus avenue and completes the school complex to the south-east.
The star-shaped ground plan of the building is the result of a spatial integration in the landscape together with the required structural connection to the existing buildings. Interesting outdoor spaces with different functions, such as a theatre patio, an art and crafts patio and a cafeteria terrace are created by the shape of the building.
The "heart" of the school is situated at the intersection of the four wings of the building: a central foyer area with natural daylight illumination through skylight. The foyer functions as an entrance and circulation area with spatial connection to the auditorium. It is also a kind of central "marketplace" with a snack bar and communication platform.
Two side wings branch out of the centre of the building. These accommodate areas dedicated to teaching music and art, as well as design and technology. An open staircase leads to the upper floor containing differently sized classrooms for teaching languages and the subject area Individuals and Societies. Corridors are also intended for communication and offer opportunities for students to retreat and spaces for individual work and study.
Corridor walls are finished with wood and contain niches for sitting or storage. Classroom doors are glazed, with sightlines to the corridors. The design of the façade and interior is dominated by wood and a subdued colour scheme.