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Community School Lonetal in Amstetten

Lonetal School in Amstetten is to be upgraded as a community school in full-day operation. In a planning competition, Gaus & Knödler Architects succeeded with their proposal and were subsequently commissioned to implement it.

The basis for the planning architects was initially a pedagogical concept developed by the school management. After Gaus & Knödler Architects were awarded the contract, the final room program was developed in a second step in close coordination with the Municipal Council and administration. This also included fire protection, which was no longer up to date in the existing building.

All the structural changes and modernization measures in the existing building are aimed at creating open learning environments, especially for interactive work in small groups. In natural sciences, for example, the previous classroom teaching style will be replaced: in the future, knowledge transfer will take place at seven laboratory desks, each equipped for a maximum of four students.

In addition, the areas of and access to the assembly hall, training kitchen and canteen were reworked in the existing building. The optimization of areas, layouts and furniture was also consistently implemented in the facilities for administration and school management, including the teachers’ room and library. Newly designed recreation zones enhance these areas and improve the overall quality of use.

The two-story annex was designed as a massive building and has a total usable area of around 365 square metres. The flat roof is already designed for the installation and operation of a PV system. The connecting passage between the existing building and the annex was designed as a glazed intermediate building with internal staircases. The open architecture of the annex also allows for a modular extension of the building without extensive intervention in the basic structure of the building.

Project details

Title: Community School Lonetal in Amstetten

Building contractor: Municipality of Amstetten

Task: Refurbishment, including fire protection and redesign of the existing building, as well as planning and implementation of an extension building in accordance with the conceptual specifications for community schools in the state of Baden-Württemberg

Procedure: Direct assignment of three planning offices to develop a concept for the renovation and extension of the building complex (winner of the competition: Gaus & Knödler Architects) with the subsequent commission for implementation

Order volume: 6.1 million Euros (of which 2.0 million Euros is allotted to fire protection refurbishment)

Completion: Probably spring 2019

Remarkable features: Open and modular concept that allows for further structural changes and extensions if required

Copyright: Gaus & Knödler Architekten (visualization, plans, photo of building before renovation)

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