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The integration into the topography as well as the volumetric projections along the building length are principle design elements of the elementary school. The external appearance is deeply rooted in the characteristics of the existing historical buildings and neighboring context. The architectural vernacular consists of a base level usually constructed in stone, whereas the upper levels, including the roof structure, are clad in wood. Our design approach represents a modern interpretation of this building typology. The base level of the school is designed in exposed concrete, which is a very robust material capable of withstanding all the possible abuse that would occur from children playing. The upper level, which hosts the classrooms, offers a contrasting design. Each classroom’s footprint is reflected in the unique roofscape, which provides a skylight for each space, giving the school its unique visual character. The layout of the classrooms on the first floor creates a playful and multifaceted learning environment, which tends to have an inspirational effect on the children. The introduction of a gallery story along the east-west, which makes the school accessible from different levels, is an important feature that is evident in the facade. It allows the children to not only enter the school from different levels but also experience it from different perspectives. In this way, we could also successfully create an interwoven and spacious atmosphere on the inside, which provides a welcoming character to the children, parents and staff. The design also features a double height auditorium and library space. 


Education , Institutional


 Diessenhofen, Switzerland








studiovol in collaboration with Chris Keller

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