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Bildungscampus Sonnwendviertel / PPAG architects

  • 20:00 - 19 June, 2015
Bildungscampus Sonnwendviertel / PPAG architects
Bildungscampus Sonnwendviertel / PPAG architects,  City of children. Image © Hertha Hurnaus
City of children. Image © Hertha Hurnaus

Squares and streets. Image © Hertha Hurnaus Gymnasitcs hall. Image © Hertha Hurnaus Cinema and theatre staircase, multipurpose hall in the back. Image © Hertha Hurnaus Undirected classrooms. Image © Hertha Hurnaus + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gudrunstraße 108, 1100 Wien, Austria
  • Design Team

    Georg Poduschka, Anna Popelka, Lilli Pschill, Ali Seghatoleslami
  • Area

    20500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

  • Project Leader

    Paul Fürst, Klaus Moldan
  • Planning Team

    Roland Basista, Veronika Bienert, Stefan Dobnig, Andreas Hradi, Anna Lafite, Katrin Lehner, Philipp Müllner, Nadja Rechsteiner, Philipp Rudigier, Carl Schläffer, Felix Zankel, Anna Zottl, Adrian Trifu
  • Structural Engineer

    VCE Gmbh
  • Builing Physics and Mechanical Services/Engineer

    Bauklimatik Gmbh
  • Fire Protection Concept

    DI E.M. Pausa
  • Landscape Architect

    Karin Standler (Competition) - EGKK (Revision/Planning)
  • Sports Architecture

    Raumkunst ZTGmbh
  • Lighting Design

    Bartenbach
  • Graphic and Artwork Design

    bleed
  • Building

    ARGE Bildungscampus (DYWIDAG/ ÖSTU STETTIN/ HABAU)
  • Outdoor Area

    SWIETELSKY
  • Interior Furnishing

    ERTL Butor
  • More Specs Less Specs
free space expands on the roof. Image © Hertha Hurnaus
free space expands on the roof. Image © Hertha Hurnaus

Text description provided by the architects. The Sonnwendviertel Campus of Education is a communal educational facility for children aged from 0 -14 comprising a kindergarten, primary school and secondary school. Transitional boundaries between facilities are experienced as flowing, thus creating promising pedagogical and spatial synergetic effects. The campus is run on a full-time basis all the year round.

Cinema and theatre staircase, multipurpose hall in the back. Image © Hertha Hurnaus
Cinema and theatre staircase, multipurpose hall in the back. Image © Hertha Hurnaus

The campus is based on an innovative educational concept of the City of Vienna. Specified for the first time on the basis of a quality catalogue rather than a spatial programme, it had been the declared programme of the competition to spatially define the ideal learning environment for modern everyday school life. These educational facilities are organised in so-called clusters, which are units each consisting of four classrooms, a project room and a team room for teachers. A shared area in front of the classrooms, the so-called market place, is used interactively. Based on the simple concept of avoiding exterior axial alignment, this market place can be fully furnished and used for teaching purposes.

Cluster
Cluster

Each of these individual educational facilities consists of four clusters. An exact spatial translation of this organising principle led to a tree-like branching of individual educational facilities throughout the site, the branch originating in a synergetic hub comprising functions such as a dining room, gymnasium, triple sports centre, multi-purpose hall and special teaching rooms. Apart from this centre, the school is organised on a two-storey basis throughout. In the stacked clusters, the educational areas are staggered by one space, thus creating a roofed open classroom underneath the one above, and an open classroom as a terrace above the one below. Inside and outside spaces interlock, thus creating an overall pedagogical area.

Squares and streets. Image © Hertha Hurnaus
Squares and streets. Image © Hertha Hurnaus

Resultant diverse meeting places enable children of all ages to learn from each other. Although individual parts of the school resemble one another, they are in no way equally structured or assembled, and no classroom looks alike. Students learn how to find their way around just as in an urban area. Special codes, similar to those of Scottish clans, mark individual groups within the school community. Boundaries between classrooms are blurred in favour of more subtle and variable transitions; boundaries are therefore negotiated and independence is learned based on choice. All classes have directly adjoining smaller rooms (nests) for quiet or active learning and playing. Everything is grasped as a possible approach, whether it be urbanistic considerations or especially crafted desks designed to allow students to learn in groups, rather than just in pairs.

 Sequence of sections
Sequence of sections

Morphologically, it is no coincidence that these results are reminiscent of models from the second half of the 20th century, which had been established against a backdrop of free pedagogy that would bring out the best in every single child. Today, this educational approach has become state of the art, unfortunately often squeezed into completely inadequate rooms.

Gymnasitcs hall. Image © Hertha Hurnaus
Gymnasitcs hall. Image © Hertha Hurnaus

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Cite: "Bildungscampus Sonnwendviertel / PPAG architects" 19 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/643970/bildungscampus-sonnwendviertel-ppag-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884

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