Protestant Jakobus School with sports hall

In our design, the steeple of the demolished St. James’ Church was preserved and integrated into the school ensemble. The Jakobus School is one of the first school buildings in Germany in which the learning house concept was implemented: four classrooms are grouped at right angles around a common center that facilitates open learning for the students. This new layout solution yields the innovative escape and rescue route concept, which incorporates the wraparound balconies on the upper level and helps to ensure that every classroom has direct access to the outside. The result of this design approach is the double-layered building envelope that envelops the buildings with a free rhythm of chromatically varied aluminum slats.



Our design for the final stage of development envisions an ensemble of three clearly defined individual buildings (elementary school, gym, and middle school) that are grouped around a communal courtyard. This central courtyard opens slightly toward Sengestraße and establishes the address for the whole complex. It is the schoolyard and entry plaza for all the areas and creates a salient outdoor space with a strong identity. Both new buildings are designed as two-story structures that get their special character from the story-high, slat-like colored aluminum posts. These slender slats contribute significantly to the school’s light, open appearance.


01 2011 / 1st prize

Start of planning
03 2011

04 2013

Schulstiftung der Evangelischen Landeskirche in Baden, Karlsruhe

Sengestraße 7, 76187 Karlsruhe


Construction costs
appr. 8,25 Mio. Euros

Service phases

Project team
Ingmar Menzer (PL), Oliver Hasselbach, Larissa Schuster, Christopher Velz

Orientation system 
Burkhard Meyer Architekten, Karlsruhe 
Michael Galfe, Burkhard Meyer

Structure planning
SLP Ingenieurbüro für Tragwerksplanung, Karlsruhe

Project management
wpm Projektmanagement, Stuttgart

HVS planning, Building physics
Pfeil & Koch Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG,  Stuttgart

© Brigida González