Hessenwald School in Weiterstadt

Our design enhances the genius loci that lies in the charm of the forest clearing. The serene pavilions can clearly be perceived as such and are consistent with the pedagogical concept of creating individual houses for the grades and offer a “open learning” approach in learning clusters. Definitive of the Hessenwald School are its facades of light grey exposed brickwork in which the large, rectangular windows with deep reveals are embedded.

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The Hessenwald School is located in a clearing near the village of Gräfenhausen, a district of Weiterstadt (Darmstadt). The new building of the cooperative comprehensive school for around 700 pupils is divided into three pavilion-like structures, which are grouped around a common centre. In the centre of the newly created ensemble, the common areas such as the auditorium, music room and a break hall were created as a large "public centre". This light-flooded, central hall is surrounded by the pavilions, which create individuality and identity for the respective grades.

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Competition
08 2011 / 1st prize

Start of planning
02 2012

Completion
08 2016

Client
Da-Di-Werk
Eigenbetrieb für Gebäude- und Umweltmanagement des Landkreises
Darmstadt-Dieburg, Darmstadt

Location
Wolfsgartenallee 8, 64331 Weiterstadt

Awards

  • Joseph-Maria-Olbrich-Plaque of the BDA Hessen
  • Fritz-Höger-Prize for Brick Architecture, »Winner Gold«
  • Award of the Chamber of Architects and Urban planners in Hesse for exemplary buildings in the Hesse State
  • Architizer A+ Award »Special Mention«, Category »Institutional – Primary & High Schools«
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Construction costs
appr. 25,8 Mio. Euros

Planning team
Alexander Vohl, Camilo Hernandez (PL), Carina Kleinecke, Boris Peter

Local construction management 
atp architekten ingenieure, Offenbach am Main

Structure planning
Erfurth & Mathes, Beratende Ingenieure, Dresden

Project management
wpm Projektmanagement, Stuttgart

HVS planning
Wüst und Partner, Erlenbach

Landscape design
Adler & Olesch Landschaftsarchitekten und Ingenieure, Mainz

Photos
© Brigida González
© wulf architekten

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