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.
 

 

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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.

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Competition
01 2011 / 1st prize

Start of planning
03 2011

Completion
04 2013

Client
Schulstiftung der Evangelischen Landeskirche in Baden, Karlsruhe

Location
Sengestraße 7, 76187 Karlsruhe

Awards

  • Hugo-Häring-Landespreis des BDA Baden-Württemberg 2015
  • Heinze ArchitektenAWARD 2015
  • German Design Award 2015 »Special Mention«
  • Hugo-Häring-Auszeichnung des BDA Baden-Württemberg 2014
  • best architects 14 Award
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Construction costs
appr. 8,25 Mio. Euros

Service phases
1-9

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

Photos
© Brigida González 

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