The Secondary School in Flöha is an ensemble of buildings designed to respond respectfully to the idyllic, poetic landscape and to make a prominent, identity-shaping statement. The architectural concept envisions a place of integration, where a diverse student body can come together.
To minimize the visual impact on the landscape, the ring-shaped building is elevated on four-meter stilts and appears to float above the river meadow. Inside the ring, a courtyard dotted with trees acts as the school’s social center – a meeting place for pupils of all ages and all backgrounds, equally accessible from all areas of the school. The blueprint throughout the school interior follows a simple, logical principle. The upper ring has classrooms, conference rooms and labs. One section of the ground floor houses staff rooms and administrative offices. The cafeteria and kitchens, designed as a “room within a room”, are enclosed within the ground-floor break room under a pitched glazed roof facing the courtyard. The architectural concept creates a place where students can come together, a place with which they strongly identify and a place that can inspire and strengthen their sense of community.
Allmann Sattler Wappner received the 1997 German Architecture Award for the Secondary School in Flöha.
Hubert Wendler Landschaftsarchitekt, Munich (Landcape design)
Obermeyer Albis-Bauplan GmbH, Chemnitz / A.Hagl Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Munich (Structural design)
R+R Fuchs, Munich (Facade planning)
Grüne Modellbau, Wolfratshausen (Model making)