Centrally located on campus is the Forum building – the “heart” of the area – housing the school’s dining and cultural hubs, giving students and visitors ample opportunity for meetings and interaction. On the street level, activities taking place inside the buildings are visible to passers-by, helping to create a vibrant environment. Striving for transparency and openness, the Forum has generous glass openings; visible construction components are revealed, such as the mechanics of the loadbearing systems, which in turn become exciting design features.
Interaction, identity, orientation and accessibility have been the guiding principles in the development of the proposal.
The building’s central concept is to provide an equally high degree of accessibility for all its surroundings. Neither the front nor back elevation has hierarchy, thus all building entrances are equally as inviting. A roof terrace where students can meet to study or for a spot of rest and recreation is the crowning glory.
The high school buildings are designed to be built with a wood-concrete hybrid construction system. Concrete composite ceilings are stored on glulam wood underlays, which are supported by concrete blocks. The roof panel of the Forum is perforated by sculptural skylights situated to lead in daylight throughout the day and work the other way around at night. When darkness falls, they function as light cannons and give the superstructure of the Forum a lighthouse-like quality. Learning facilities are placed in the new brick buildings containing a decentral ventilation system developed in collaboration with professor Thomas Stark at the University of Konstanz
Located in an area with high historical and cultural value, the campus site itself contains protected buildings. As such, the focus has been on designing the new buildings to interact with the existing context by paying respect to their history and dignity. Connecting the new and the old and adding well-designed places in between results in a varied and exciting environment.
The gymnasium campus – with its formerly disconnected buildings, disparate functionalities and undefined outdoor spaces – will transform into a coherent neighbourhood for education. Efficient and flexible floor plans for future buildings secure easy adaptation over time. Campus Feuerbach will be an inspiring diverse environment for education and connecting people for new generations and years to come.