Saarlouis Steinrausch

Saarlouis Steinrausch

Client: County seat of Saarlouis (DE)

Competition Time Frame: 2017

Program: Education

Awards

Competition for the Extension of the Steinrausch Primary School - Purchase


Design Competition

The central idea is the fusion of the new and the old: the emphasis of the radial form through the contrast with the linear, the completion of the circle with a square.

Construction Standards / Material and Process

In reference to the existing concrete buildings, we chose a hollow concrete construction for the exterior walls. This material recalls the aesthetic quality of the old building and, due to the high degree of prefabrication the material uses, keep the building shell's construction period short and unimpeded. A wood beam construction is planned for the pent roofs, the beams being left visible to structure the ceiling plane. Revolving window hinges are hung in anodized aluminum. This "functional hinge" accomodates not only the window casements but also provides the necessary shading elements.

Schematic Function

The semicircular circulation system which exists in and characterizes the existing space is continued, built to flow into the rectilinear system in the new construction. An infinite loop results, one that goes from round to angular.

Cost Efficiency

The compact construction, with precast concrete for the walls and aluminum elements for the windows and doors, result in an economical construction. These durable materials also promise low operating and subsequent costs.

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