Schenker Salvi Weber Architekten ZT GmbH
Schottenfeldgasse 72/2/5, 1070 Vienna
+43 699 15504050
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“With a volume that matches the modest scale of the village, the new building creates a protected and inviting schoolyard in combination with the historic primary school.”
“There wasn’t much space for the new building in the community of Absam. This led to the architects’ decision to situate the sports hall underground.”
“A wide stairway with a wrap-around gallery and umbrella-like skylight cone for warm artificial and daylight forms the strong, communicative nucleus of the kindergarten.”
“A playful learning landscape at a child’s scale – warmth and comfort.”
The house accommodates 120 kindergarten and 24 nursery places, which are distributed throughout eight group rooms. Inside the passive house the rooms are structured into a harmonious spatial continuum, a playful learning landscape at a child’s scale with a diverse range of attractive views both to the outside and inside, horizontally and vertically. Different sized perforations in the façade have soffits you can sit on and offer framed views to nature literally at eye level – both for the little ones as well as adults.
“The raw haptics of exposed concrete in the underground gymnasium emphasize a subterranean, mineral, and cavernous quality.”
The surrounding gallery and the many perspectives lend the 44 x 22 meter triple sports hall a bright and open character despite the location underground. An important element for the spatial impression is the band of skylight windows along the complete length of the hall, which not only provides daylight but also a sensual connection to the sky, the above, and the schoolyard, where, in turn, its perimeter serves as a bench for the children.
“The design idea for the music school in the roof of the old primary school was inspired by the existing roof construction.”
A music school with six rehearsal rooms and a large auditorium is housed under the historic hip roof of the old primary school on a mere 550 square meters. A skylight runs southwards and northwards respectively, forming an interlocking skylight structure which staggers toward the representative auditorium at the end, once again generating splendid connections with the outside.
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