Primary School Neuried – Extension
Competition 1st prize
Start of Planning - Completion
2003 - 2005
2 - 9
Planning: Susanne Mayer, Site management: Hans Reder
Total cost 5,000,000 €
Gross floor area 2,750 m²
The new linear, two-storey school extension accommodates eight classrooms, school administration rooms, a break hall and a multi-purpose room. The extension supplements the serial arrangement of the already existing buildings of the primary school with kindergarten, sports hall and municipal administration facilities in an overall comb-shaped structure.
By positioning the long rectangular construction parallel to the adjacent busy local road, the existing buildings and outside spaces are shielded from sound emissions. The sports hall is linked to the original school structure through a two-storey entrance hall with adjoining indoor break area and multi-purpose room. Mobile walls allow the rooms to be enlarged to a big, multi-functional space for school and public events.
Room-height glazing on the ground floor permits a free view of the existing structures from the entrance area, resulting in a subtle dialogue between "old and new". The classrooms in the upper storey of the elongated building are oriented towards the new schoolyard and fitted with soundproof windows on the street side. Natural and emission-free cross ventilation as well as additional daylighting are facilitated by ventilation slits in the façade and saw-tooth skylights positioned towards the quiet inner courtyard.
The strong red colour of the façade of the new construction emphasises the significance of the school as a public building and, in context with the town hall, symbolically marks the centre of Neuried.