Green School Leipzig
Prof. Frank Kasprusch
Prof. Jan - Henrik Hafke
Term paper Master, Architecture
Summer semester 2019
The Green School combines new forms of teaching with a cleverly chosen building form and a high degree of greenery as an inspirational vehicle for innovative learning in a differentiated urban district.
Text by the author: (translation by DeepL)
The concept of the green school on the occasion of the design project of the 2nd master's semester is defined in its design primarily by its positioning on the Leipzig millennium field and a harmonious building form resulting from the urban context. This embeds the outdoor space and offers further room for movement on the roof areas. This creates a naturally sheltered learning atmosphere in the midst of a multifaceted city district full of artists' studios and brick factory buildings.
The green school stands out not only visually because of its atypical school form, but also from the inside; through its spatial structure, in that there are no longer the usual classrooms with corridors. Instead, there are learning landscapes for grades 5-10, with two learning landscapes on each floor that can be shared by three grades. In total, the learning landscapes are located on two floors of the 2nd and 3rd upper floor. Each learning landscape has similar characteristics: open learning areas, closed learning rooms, up to assembly rooms and group and individual desks. The individual areas can be separated from each other, but also function openly. Both learning landscapes are only structurally separated from each other, but not spatially. The transition is seamless and is intended to incorporate cross-curricular teaching. This structure ensures maximum flexibility, creativity and communication.
In the upper school years, there are course rooms that are transparent and green for communication among each other. This wing is located on the first floor and has rest and assembly rooms at both ends. The science rooms are located above, and the individual laboratories and assembly rooms are specifically arranged between secondary level I and II.
In addition, art, handicraft and music rooms are located on the ground floor. The music rooms have access to the playground, which can therefore also be used as a workshop.
Access is via a main staircase with a large play and seating area, which is located directly in the foyer, and via a larger staircase in the music wing. On the other hand, there are two cores in each of which escape staircases are arranged.
The assembly hall and the administration are both located on the ground floor near the main entrance and have direct access. The assembly hall is located to the right of the main entrance and can be accessed via two entrances.
The green school also has a library, which is laid out over two floors facing the city centre and has direct access via the main staircase.
The canteen and the sports hall are positioned in such a way that they can be used by local schools, kindergartens, etc. that do not have these facilities. On the other hand, public clubs or residents of the neighbourhood can also use them. In this way, a lively dialogue can take place between the neighbourhood and the school.
Due to its special shape, the schoolyard is protected and offers a sheltered atmosphere. In order to save space and area, the second part of the schoolyard is placed on the roof of the refectory/sports hall and can be quickly reached from the outside via the upper level wing or the open staircase. There are green spaces and trees everywhere to underpin the green school concept and a pleasant atmosphere where students can rest and retreat.
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