North vocational training center in Darmstadt, 1st construction phase

The vocational training center with its distinctive shed roofs is located on a huge, flat cultivated field that extends over an area of around 100 x 100 metres. The merging of the schools on the existing, dense construction site also corresponds to the content: The existing structure is taken up and reinterpreted, the development principle is reversed.

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The new entrance is located on the east side and faces the green area. There, together with the new canteen building, a new entrance square is created, which merges into the green space. The three independent vocational schools of the Schulzentrum Nord – the Heinrich-Emanuel-Merck-Schule (built 1985), the Martin-Behaim-Schule (built 1978) and the Friedrich-List-Schule (built 1983) – are to be merged into one organisational unit. For this purpose, the existing borders in the main development axis will be abolished, the magistral will be strengthened and a connection between the three buildings will be developed.
In addition, the organisation of rooms according to functional areas and not according to individual vocational schools enables a stronger unity of the school centre. In order to meet the requirements of contemporary teaching, the spatial structure will be comprehensively restructured and a range of different learning areas, such as learning landscapes, will be created.
The refurbishment is being carried out in three construction phases, the middle block has already been completed.

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Competition with subsequent VOF procedure
06 2016 / 1. Preis

Start of planning
09 2016

Completion 1st construction phase
09 2020

Client
Immobilienmanagement Darmstadt

Location
Alsfelder Straße 23, 64289 Darmstadt

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Service phases
1-9

Planning team
Ingmar Menzer (partner in charge), Coskun Kocak (project leader), Harald Baumann (project leader), Miriam Baehrens, Gisela Dierolf, Lisa Eppel, Florian Fehrenbacher, Simone Reisch

Construction management
schneider + schumacher Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, Frankfurt/Main

Structural planning
Prof. Kind & Partner, Wiesbaden

Landscape design
Jetter Landschaftsarchitekten, Stuttgart

Photos
© Markus Guhl for wulf architekten

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