About: Schools need to become hubs for lifelong learning, stimulating places not only for students but also for adults, teachers and staff, hosting hybrid spaces to produce, exchange and disseminate culture, while opening up to the outside, to the neighborhood and the city. The innovation of the concept of classroom and collective spaces themselves must be able to encourage this change. The architectural space must return to be a further pedagogical tool.*1 The reality about German school buildings and the German school system in general doesn’t really correspond to these fundamental demands of schools as social hubs. In the contrary: international Studies show that the quality of the German public educational system ranks far below the European average, mainly due to fact of not having mandatory full-day schools. Also in Dessau, only one of the 26 existing public schools has a mandatory full-day schedule.

TASK: In this studio you are asked to design a Public all-day school that is more than a school. Open almost 24/7 it needs to connect to its vicinity- like a civic center, inviting its neighbors to a variety of educational, recreational and other activities far beyond the daily use by children and their teachers during the morning and afternoon. A true hub for its neighborhood and the city of Dessau.

The spatial requirements and detailed program of the school itself comprises about 9.000m2 and will be given, in addition you will have to develop your own concept and spatial requirements of about 2.000 m2  for the additional public/ or civic  program. This includes a strategy whether and how to incorporate the public pool into your hybrid structure of school and civic-centre.

Context: Our lot is located right opposite of Dessau-Törten, the iconic Bauhaus pilot project for industrialized housing. A neglected green area of about 22.000m2 at the pivot point of the radiant Bauhaus estate and at the North-Western end of Damaschkestraße, the backbone of the estate. It is surpassed by an high voltage power line, and at its South-Eastern corner the site is occupied by a public indoor sports-pool from 1971, out of use for last couple of years.

PROCEDURE: the design process in the studio will occur in 4 blocks:

1)      school as a (social) place: analysis of  post-war modern and contemporary iconic school buildings and the corresponding educational concepts, open-air schools, and civic centres /a description of favorite educational spaces you have experienced so far / produce a video-clip or animation as personal statement, or pamphlet on your own personal vision for future pedagogy / concluding with a presentation of your urban approach and your pedagogical concept for the site

2)      school as a building or permeable structure: by working in options you will develop the most suitable architectural layout of the program with a focus on inner circulation, connectivity and accessibility towards its context, the relation of educational rooms to common spaces and the integration of areas for open-air classes/ Mid-Term-presentation

3)      elaboration of an excerpt: choose the most significant space of your design and elaborate the architectural  space in a large scale model (at least 1:50), clearefying the type of construction and materiality in regards to concept, program and intended atmosphere,

4)      extra time for preparation of Final-Review