Integrated Secondary School Garzauer Straße, Berlin, DE
Design for new school building receives honorable mention
The design by ATP architects engineers, Nuremberg, and ATP sustain GmbH for the building of a new integrated secondary school in Garzauer Straße in Berlin received an honorable mention.
HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH organized this limited competition as part of Berlin’s school building offensive. The site of around 15,100 m2 should become home to a school building for 600 pupils and a sports hall. The organizers demanded that projects should seek to meet the requirements of the silver standard of the sustainability criteria of the evaluation system Sustainable Building (BNB) for School Buildings.
The design by ATP Nuremberg and ATP sustain, in cooperation with adlerolesch Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH envisages a modern school complex that supports the abilities of its pupils to learn independently and shape their own curriculum. The interlocking volumes with their courtyard-like openings create a clear structure, facilitate orientation, and offer space for communication and social interaction.
The constructional flexibility permits differentiated learning situations both inside and out: from classic frontal teaching, via group work, to self-learning. It can also be flexibly adapted to future pedagogic concepts.
The evaluation of the prize jury
The prize jury principally praised the sustainable concept and the successful integration of the school building into the surrounding green area: “The rigorous timber façade and the façade planting continue the concept of the green courtyards. This enables the building to enter into a dialog with both the natural spaces around the nearby River Wuhle and the major urban context of Berlin. The open spaces are developed with diversity and with a range of small-scale qualities. The retention of the trees to the south of the building must be emphasized.”