Why should one doubt that the typological hardware will “sit out” the regime of educational software and one day the school building will actually become the driver of a public space?
An existing double-row school building from the 1960s is to be extended by 13 new classrooms and additional rooms. The addition of four standard gymnasiums as part of the EU project “Smarter Together” is intended to turn the school into a local sports centre that can also be used by external clubs. All conversions and extensions are to be carried out in stages, without obstructing the regular lessons. The greatest challenge is the creation of sufficient open space despite intensive consolidation on the plot.
ENK PARK—AN OPEN SPACE COUP A significant patchwork of green patches and squares with magnificent trees has impressively broken up the Gründerzeit block structure: Herderpark, Herderplatz, the open spaces of the library and kindergarten, the triangular squares on Geiselbergstraße. The school extension is an open space coup that “defines” this patchwork as a continuous landscape space: the Enk Park. This is made possible by interventions into the logic of typology and its relationships: The floating classroom bridge and the terraces of the lowered gymnasium complex double the required open space: 4,000m2 of open space “in one piece” running into the school area expand the green patchwork and integrate Polkoraplatz into Enk Park, which now reaches as far as Sedlitzkygasse.