Reconstruction of the secondary school Bockmühle in Essen, Germany
More than any other building, an educational facility should be a source of enrichment for its neighbourhood. On the occasion of the renovation of the new Bockmühle campus, we have imagined three buildings that share functions and whose layout articulates two real spaces of nature. To the east, the Blambeckpark park gains open space in the southern part, and to the west, the generously wooded schoolyard becomes a unique asset for the well-being and development of the pupils.
The school is entered through a generous forecourt which is an integral part of the park. The shifts between the volumes and architectural devices in the façade contribute to the East-West porosity and generate collective, unpredictable and varied interactions with the immediate environment of the buildings.
While the ground floor houses programmes aimed at all the inhabitants of the district – library, cafeteria, community centre and sports centre – on the upper floors the school programme’s circulation is displayed on the façade. The constructive framework designed generates spatial qualities so that vertical faults, widening of circulation spaces and double-heights punctuate and enrich the daily life of the pupils. The teaching building, housing nature and a variety of uses, becomes a real educational tool. Here, as in the cultivation of a garden, it is necessary to dialogue, to know, to experiment, to observe, to respect and to seize the plurality of beings to propagate the common.
|Client||City of Essen|
|Team||Chartier Dalix (mandatary architect), inFabric (associate architect), Urbanegesatlt, Imagine Structure, ZWP engineering|
|Area||28 000 sqm|
|Cost||€68 M before tax|
|Phase||On study, 1st price invited competition|
|Project leaders||Mickael Hassani, Nicolas Jentellet|
|Project||Secondary school for 1300 pupils, sport hall, refectory, main hall, administration, youth center, sport facilities|