Learning differently.
Which spaces make it fun to learn?

Everyone learns differently. A diversity of spaces promotes different types of learning. Such educational "landscapes" activate people and create curiosity. Synergies can be generated by a multi-functional use of spaces and an opening up to its surroundings.

  • Meyer Forum

    At the Hettlicher Masch the new heart of the Meyer&Meyer company site is to be built. The office building is designed to be open, inviting and present as a "forum". The design is naturally integrated into the height development of the surroundings, forms a striking and inviting address to the street, but is also present and visible to the highway due to its three-storey structure. The rooms of the office building are organised around a two-storey gallery room and offer flexible work and learning rooms as well as a large variety of programmes with a café, showroom and fitness area. The ground floor in particular is characterised by its floor plan flexibility, as the atrium can be extended for company parties or large congresses. In addition, spacious terraces and loggias form encounter zones and recreation areas. A photovoltaic system, extensive roof greening and an intelligent self-sufficiency concept make this design in wood-reinforced concrete hybrid-construction fit for the future. Thus this design is also a prototype of new working worlds, which are characterised by atmosphere, diverse meeting spaces and flexibility of use.

     

    Idea
    2016
  • Gymnasium Lutherschule

    The draft envisages an extension of the Lutherschule through a powerful and independent structure, which fits into the existing block structure and self-confidently positions itself to the Engelbosteler Damm.
    The five-storey building forms in a modern and contemporary architectural language a clearly perceptible address, while radiating openness and transparency. At the same time, the indented ground floor facade with its striking brick arches creates a spacious and covered entrance area.
    The central organizational idea is the clustering and self-evident stacking of the different areas of use:
    The communal areas are located on the ground floor, the creative areas on the 1st floor, the natural sciences on the 2nd floor and the grade clusters on the two upper floors. As in the floors below, the classrooms are grouped around a central communication zone that creates additional learning venues with niches and open areas.

     

    Idea
    2018
  • Neue Schule Wolfsburg

    The existing buildings of the former Hermann-Löns-School in Wolfsburg will be expanded to include a new building for the secondary school. The new building will be connected by an existing corridor. The aim of the design is not only a respectful treatment of the existing architecture, but also its logical and consistent continuation. The comb-like structure of the existing school building is continued on ground floor to the north. The space in-between can be seen as the "common center" or the "heart" of the school: a three-storey open space. This main gathering place connects all floors vertically and correlates them spatially. At the same time, the building opens up horizontally: Generous glass surfaces and entrance situations open up the ground floor to the city in the north and to the school yard and park landscape of Klieversbergs in the south. Like that fluid transitions between inside and outside are created.

    completed
    2016
    Heinrich-Heine-Straße 36
    38440 Wolfsburg
    Germany
  • District school Mitte Altona

    Instead of a clean functional construction, a building with an innovative room offer in a special atmosphere for contemporary teaching and learning methods and a space for neighbourly encounters is drafted. The design positiones itself to this role via a self-confident gesture and is with it's cubage purposely set apart from surrounding structures. The usage becomes readable, the differenziation between housing developments and the district schools public building structure recognizable. Thus the new building contributes to the urban surroundings structuring. The cubage reflects the inner organization: the public, also by residents and society used base connects the district with the school building. The transparent horizontal 'fugue' that includes the gym subdivides the building in a base for the common use and the clear educational areas, which 'floats' as self-contained volume above the 'fugue'. A central, light-flooded hall generates the school's common middel, which connects all floors and functional areas up to the roof top terrace. A visible and readable place for education is drafted and forms the Heart of the new district.

    Idea
    2015
  • Vocational College of Machinery and Irrigation - VCMI (Vietnam)

    The design of the VCMI campus is based on sustainable principles in order to handle climate and urban challenges the area is exposed to. The masterplan aims for a clear functional zoning which allows future growth. The area reserved for sports can provide a diverse offer, as an educational complement for the students, but also space, passive to be rented, so the school can reinforce economical sustainability. The proposed area dedicated to teaching and training will allow VCMI to multiply its current offer. The Campus is organized around a cooling pond which is the centre of the water treatment concept: Collected rain water can be extracted for the use of grey water in the buildings. Complementing the new expansion is also forecast a Centre of Excellence for Green TVET, an institution that is inscribed in the scope of the Vietnamese-German Financial Cooperation. The junction of these two institutions will trigger synergy effects, unlocking the campus true potential, towards the aim of establishing themselves as one of the forefront regional institutions, but also contribute needed tools, to a resilient climate change in Vietnam.

    in progress
    2015
  • Primary and Comprehensive School Helios

    A new primary and comprehensive school (IUS) is planned for the former site of the Helios AG in Cologne Ehrenfeld. The school concept is based on the idea of a "university school", which spatially implements the educational objectives of inclusiveness: The school comprises the grades 1 to 13 and operates closely with the teacher training of the University of Cologne. This is architecturally reflected in an open learning environment for all grades. As part of a new high-quality and dense city block, the school should be an integral part and actor of the district: The school premises may be used publicly and the school offers a range of activities to the neighborhood.
    The school is designed as a compact structure, which is confidently positioned due to its clear-cut cubic form and at the same time contextualized by its orientation to axes and edges of the surroundings. It creates a clear address to the Vogelsanger Straße by a glass-enclosed foyer and a funnel-shaped, covered entrance situation. The inviting foyer and the localization of semi-public functions on the ground floor – such as the auditorium and educational center, the canteen, workshop and studio spaces – creates the desired integration of the school into the district and allows for important synergies of different usages.
    The common center - "the heart of the school" - spans over two floors and offers spacious stairs for meeting and seating: A great place for communication and leisure for all functional areas of the whole school.

    Excerpt from the jury report: "The jury praised in particular the optimal implementation of the educational objectives, which corresponds in a particular way to the intentions of the users. The learning environments are well designed and can be effectively used. Primary education is accessible as a separate unit on the first floor over short distances. The secondary education units I and II are localized on one level and are equipped with a spacious central communication zone, which provides space for a diverse range of activities. ..."

    Idea
    2015
    Heliosstraße
    50825 Cologne
    Germany
  • SAVI Guggenheim Helsinki

    The Guggenheim will access the richness of Nordic culture and open a door towards the East of Europe. Helsinki gets the opportunity to integrate a site with landmark potentials into the heart of the City: Reachable for pedestrians from Eteläesplanadi, adjacent to Tahititornin Vuori Park, and neighboring Olympia Terminal, the site will be a new Connecter within the city. The urban design introduces a plinth to meet the challenges and foster the potentials of the site: It connects the park with the water front via a pedestrian bridge crossing Laivasillankatu. Pedestrians from Eteläesplanadi are directed towards the site via a stage and a grand ramp with seating – here the exhibition begins! A civic space of great quality for tourists and residents to gather and socialize. At the same time the plinth covers the port vehicles access, ensuring undisturbed port operations. Above the Plinth and the Forum "flys" a wooden box. Its height fits into the surroundings and allows great views. The slim shape and horizontal gesture enhances the characteristic of the site at the water front: a subtle yet genuine new element of Helsinki's cityscape.

    Idea
    2014
    Makasiiniterminaali
    00140 Helsinki
    Finland
  • Campus Callosum - Network knowledge

    New ideas and insights are created above all through diverse and interdisciplinary work and learning. Chance plays just as important a role as a well-planned procedure. But the new campus offers a variety of places: The compactly organized institutes and departments offer intensive learning and working situations. The public space allows informal meetings and promotes communication between students, teachers and citizens. Just like the Corpus Callosum, which connects the two hemispheres of the brain and thus allows the full power of the brain to develop, the Campus Callosum connects the institutes and departments as well as the library and cafeteria. Here are clearly visible and accessible learning worlds, presentation, exhibition, conference and meeting rooms.

     "Knowledge is the only good that increases when you share it." Ebner-Eschenbach

    Idea
    2016
  • CLG Training Institute

    The aim of the masterplan for the Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute is to increase the quality of life of both students and academic staff of the Institute, to structure the campus for the long term and to gives a clear identity to individual places. The main orientation of all buildings is strictly east-west with the main façades (north & south) avoiding low-standing sun. Access to the campus by car remains on the existing road. A new main datum for pedestrian connection is established to form the heart of the campus. It spans between the mostly residential area in the north and the educational program in the south. The clusters of housing and education at the two opposite ends of the campus are surrounded by the lecturers houses, and leisure activities. Small neighbourhoods are formed by connecting some strips at the eastern end; the western buildings remain as strips and create courtyards by providing a terrace edge.

    in progress
    2014
    Lusaka
    10101 Chalimbana
    Zambia
  • Moscow New National Center for Contemporary Arts

    The design for the new NCCA is composed as a cluster of fragmented volumes. The exhibition spaces are organized to combine maximum flexibility with inspiring spatial situations, which are based on historic paths of desire, those personal short-cuts and crossings one takes to arrive at a destination. Similar to the process of art making, these "desired paths" echo the creative process, offering cross-reference and thinking outside the box. Diverting from the logic of desired paths, and simultaneously highlighting it's off the beaten path logic, the basic setup of volumes and spaces is a clear rigid structure with maximum spans to allow flexible and functional subdivisions. The proposed volumes frame several public spaces between them, while maintaining an intimate relation to the park. Other functions of the park, such as sport fields, special gardens or café's become aligned to the master grid. By incorporating all local traffic – such as the visitors to the mall – the museum square becomes a mix-device, where the Art Centers blurs the lines between art, labor, pastime and commerce.

    Idea
    2013
  • Steinway Museum

    In 14-month planning and realisation stage a baroque hunting castle in Seesen was redeveloped with a focus on simplicity and clarity at a reasonable price. Also the permanent exhibition of the museum was conceived and moved.
    Central attention at the rebuilding work was the restoration of spatial relations and structures, as well as the creation of a high-quality, modern but timeless showroom, which is able to take on the various exhibits, including specialties such as 'The world's longest piano-string'. The exhibition has a modern pedagocial approach and offers attractions and information for all age groups. Additionally, value was placed to increase children participation through experimental- and multimedia stations. In this way the museum can be accessed by a variety of senses, understanding through seeing, hearing and touching.

    completed
    2010
    Wilhelmsplatz 4
    38723 Seesen
    Germany
  • District Centre Mastbrook

    The urban concept is based on a compact building envelope positioned on the plot, creating multifarious open public spaces for various outdoor use. The compact volume is achieved by stacking the program: The space-centered gym is located on the first floor, the community center with its open, active and animating facades is based on ground level.Emerging from its program, the building volume is shaped with several recesses and kerfs. The entrances to the different functions are visualized by cut-outs of the volume. The building attains efficiency by layering functions and multiple-shift usage.The structure consists of a mix of reinforced concrete on the base and prefabricated cross-laminated timber on the upper storey. On ground level the facades are designed with large glazing elements and fibre-cement coated with colorful pattern. The facades of the gym are clad with black, large scale trapezoidal sheetings. Translucent façade areas from polycarbonate panels stretch around the upper corners, in order to give further differentiation to the building volume and embed it in the surrounding scale.

    Idea
    2014
    Ostlandstr.44
    24768 Rendsburg
    Germany
  • Co-Designing! Rethinking the campus

    ,Green the University' is programm to develop the different areas of the campus involving the students in the designing process. In this backround CITYFOERSTER designed and conducted a scenario workshop where students could describe and show there needs and ideas for a contemporary and sustainable campus design. Development guide lines where articulated as well as specific arrangement parts at different scales at a range from short termn steps to complex infrastructure projects: Usable greens, attracting squares, landscapes to learn, bicycle friendly streets, hybrid buildings with workshops and space for living, working and events, communication and orientation systems, facade designes and aerial passanger lines as an efficient transport between the different University spots. The documentation of the workshops results are beeing used by the students initiative as a discussion backround and in the development process.

    completed
    2011 + 2014
    Wilhelmstraße 9
    72074 Tübingen
    Germany
  • King-Bansah-School

    Cityförster designed a school for the charity project of the King Bansah Ghana development association. Below an approx. 75m long roof several volumes will be constructed in a simple way representing a unique identity. The roof itself is split in two vertical shifted parts to provide natural ventilation for the air and light permeable volumes. The air cools down beneath the canopies and circulates through the pattern openings of the concrete building blocks into the workshops. Once heated up the hot air exhaust through the roof top vents. The roof is also used to mount numerous photovoltaic modules that provide the necessary self-sufficient power supply. The construction process will be split in three stages. After each stage the completed buildings can be used immediately. In a first stage the artisan workshops will be build. As a second stage the workshops for wood and metalworking and the staff room will be constructed. Finally, the car repair shop and the covered forecourt will be added to the entire construction. The illumination and air ventilation is provided through customized brickwork. The openings in the concrete moulded bricks refer to patterns of traditional fabrics in Ghana. The lower wall segments are closed for dirt protection and they offer the opportunity for the sign paint shop to use their skills and write all donators names on the facade of the building.

    Idea
    2011
    Tema - Jasikan Road
    12345 Hohoe
    Ghana
  • Educational Landscape Cologne

    The aim of the "Educational Landscape Altstadt Nord" in Cologne is the design of the neighborhood at the district park Klingelpütz: Here, a viable space - in an educational and physical sense - should be developed. The main concern is to improve the educational opportunities of children and young adults. The existing primary school will be renovated and expanded. Additionally several new buildings are planned: a secondary school, a nursery, a study house, as well as a canteen and a workshop building. The various functions are located around a common center - the heart of the campus. According to the specific requirements differentiated situations for learning, recreation and play are offered. Special emphasis is placed on the permeability of the campus, which fits into the urban fabric offering manifold ways and passages. A unique spatial edge is formed in relation to the park.

    Idea
    2013
    Gereonswall 75
    50670 Cologne
    Germany
  • Pelikan Kindergarden

    The kindergarden forms an integral part of the Pelikan housing complex in Hanover. It is located in the ground floor of the most northern building facing the green courtyard in the South. To the West there is an outdoor play area with a view to the green belt "Tintengraben" with its vegetable patches. The group rooms are orientated towards the South and West each featuring a loggia as a roofed outdoor play area. The interior design is based on strong, warm colors that contribute to a comfortable atmosphere and that at the same time help to distinguish between specific programmatic areas. The surfaces - wood and textiles - and furniture are characterized by a pleasant feel and are still robust enough to be played with.

    under construction
    2012-15
    Tintentrift
    30177 Hannover
    Germany
  • Martin-Luther-Schule

    The Martin-Luther-School is an upper secondary school with a special focus on musical education. It houses about 1600 pupils. The extension of the existing building became necessary to adapt to contemporary didactic concepts and to allow for all-day care. It contains classrooms, a natural science block, music rooms, a canteen and a gymnasium. The design translates the demands concerning resource efficiency and preservation in a sensual and sensible manner. The main climatic feature of the building is the shape of the building itself: So called solar-chimneys foster natural ventilation by stack effect and become a significant formal element. The expressive roofscape also em­phasizes places inside the building – large roof lights extend the space upwards and provide particular light. During school hours these areas are open spaces to be appropriated by different age groups for independent learning. The building is conceived as a timber frame structure with a larch-wood cladding.

    Idea
    2009
    Staatsstraße 2
    64668 Rimbach im Odenwald
    Germany