project type construction of a school complex
location Vienna, AUT
architect Architects Collective
competition 3rd prize, 2012
net floor area 15.778 m²
Shaped like an 'U', the new building closes the existing perimeter block development and creates two courtyards on the inside. The closed private courtyard is situated to the existing school building, on the opposite there is a more public passage, acting as forecourt and providing main (Lessinggasse) as well as side entrance (Volkertgasse). The leafy forecourt also accommodates space for students to meet before and after courses. Furthermore there are canopied areas for bikes, and the required parking lots. If legal, the number of parking lots can be decreased because of their arrangement. The new building refers to existing structures, completes them, and fulfills requirements concerning the façade, illumination of the building and thermal insulation, in a modern way.