Canteen and Media Center for North vocational school center in Darmstadt

The new building for the canteen and media center is located in the immediate vicinity of the Vocational School Center North we have newly restructured, and with which it defines a shared forecourt. As a key address-giving element on the campus, it defines the site’s entry condition. It is designed as a freestanding two-story building with a square footprint. The floor plan, rotated 45 degrees, is based on a structuralist overall concept comprising a square grid of three by three meters. With its load-bearing structure of wood, folded glass facades, and cladding of perforated black corrugated metal, the canteen has an open and elegant appearance.


A cafeteria with a patio and the media center as well as seminar and office rooms for the adult education center are located on the ground floor. A sculpturally curved stair in the center of the building leads to the upper floor, which contains the canteen with its serving area and a dining hall that can accommodate around 300 guests. The load-bearing structure shapes the spatial impression. It consists of an orthogonal grid of glulam beams that follow a grid of three by three meters. This dimension establishes the basic module of the structuralist overall concept. Each module is associated with a seating group that comprises a table and six chairs as a reference size. This creates an area that fosters communication and has a dining room character. The entire geometry of the floor plan is rotated by 45 degrees in relation to the building edges, resulting in the serrated contour. The material concept – with wood, exposed concrete, glass, and metallic surfaces – allows an upscale and pleasant atmosphere to manifest itself everywhere. Wraparound balconies offer additional seating outside.


4th prize 06 2016, 1st rank after VgV procedure

Start of planning
09 2016

10 2021

Wissenschaftsstadt Darmstadt c/o Projektmanagement Darmstädter Stadtentwicklungs GmbH & Co. KG (DSE)

Alsfelderstraße 23, 64289 Darmstadt


Construction Costs
appr. 13,9 Mio. Euro

Service phases

Planning team
Camilo Hernandez (PL), Lisa Eppel, Stanislaus Ruff, Kateryna Shelegon, Janka Vizdak

General planning
wulf architekten gmbh, Stuttgart

Construction management
schneider+schumacher, Bau-und Projektmanagement GmbH, Frankfurt a.M.

Structural engineering
wh-p GmbH Beratende Ingenieure, Stuttgart

Landscape design
Jetter Landschaftsarchitekten, Stuttgart

Building physics
Brüssau Bauphysik GmbH, Fellbach

© Brigida González