Wettingen Cantonal School

Wettingen Cantonal School Sports Hall

Carved in stone

The Cistercian monastery in Wettingen is a special place. A sports hall has to be subordinate here.

With respect for the historic monastery view, the Wettingen cantonal school sports halls were built underground.

The Cistercian monastery in Wettingen is a cultural monument of national importance. When the cantonal school moved into the monastery premises in 1979, the school’s sports hall with a swimming pool was constructed on the common land outside the monastery area.

To maintain the historical view of the monastery, the sports hall and swimming pool were built underground, around a deep courtyard with longitudinal sides that provided the adjoining gymnasiums with daylight.

The planned extension of the sports halls built in 1979 was also realised in accordance with the monastic mission statement.

The planned extension of the Wettingen cantonal school sports halls is also required to adhere to this principle and is thus being developed underground. Since the orientation and provision of daylight play a decisive role, a linear promenade was planned as the starting point for the design, forming a clear and orderly link between the old and the new buildings.

All the main uses are either directly adjacent to this access route, or the promenade affords a generous view of them.

The chosen form of organisation with linear elements creates a calm and clear impression of Wettingen cantonal school sports halls from the outside. A window strip facing north accompanies the promenade in the vicinity of the triple sports hall.

The art on the building plays with the metaphor of the rough rock on which the Cistercian monastery is enthroned high above the Limmat and into which the new sports hall was chiselled.

Bringing together the illuminating zone and the spectators’ gallery avoids any irritating backlight effects when people are watching the sports being played. And, in the other direction, when looking out from the hall, the observer sees a wide relief wall.

The art on the building is by the Lang/Baumann duo and plays on the metaphor of the rough rock on which the Cistercian monastery towers above the Limmat river and into which, in the true sense of the word, the new sports hall has been chiselled.

The shadows cast by the concrete blocks change over the course of the day and the year, giving the underground observer a feel for the time of day or year.

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Project data

Architects

:mlzd
Alleestrasse 25
CH – 2503 Biel/Bienn

Client

Immobilien Kanton Aargau
Departement Finanzen und Ressourcen
CH-Aarau

Team

Pat Tanner, Alexander Unsin, Andreas Frank, Daniele Di Giacinto, Claude Marbach, David Locher, Julia Wurst, Marianne Rüger, Jonathan Anders, Ronja Engelhardt, Mart Maurer, Belén Jatuff Mathis

Address

Kantonsschule Wettingen
Klosterstrasse 11
CH – 5430 Wettingen

Opening

2018

Photograph

Ariel Huber / EDIT images
Brauerstrasse 45
CH – 8004 Zürich

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Play containers

Diversity through standard

Play containers on the rise

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KuKuk

About

Containers are standardised. Play containers have many advantages because of this.

Due to their standardised form, containers can be shipped to any place in the world for little money. Due to their stable frame construction and their flexibility, they can also be used very well as a framework and outer shell for a variety of play and leisure facilities.

Play containers like the KuKuk Box can be used both temporarily and permanently – and they are becoming more and more common.

Temporary use

When cities and municipalities build or renovate (for example schools or kindergartens), they often need temporary facilities.  These are usually located on derelict sites without child-friendly infrastructure. A play container can quickly provide a solution.

Just as well, the KuKuk Box can be dismantled and reassembled at a new location without much effort in case of a move or an upcoming change of use of a site.

These play containers are even used for events or for shorter periods of time.

KuKuk Box play containers do not require a building permit and can also be rented on a temporary basis.

Permanent use

The KuKuk Box can also be used as a permanent, attractive public play structure. This is particularly useful if a versatile play facility is to be created in a short time and for little money.

Play containers can be placed on all planned surfaces, including roofs and car parks. They are extremely low-maintenance. Time-consuming and costly expenses for planning, applications, excavations and foundations are completely eliminated.

Not bad either: the KuKuk Box can be set up in about two hours.

Equipment

The play containers offer exciting areas for all age groups: There are climbing structures up to the roof, roof houses, crawling tunnels, balancing courses, slides, play houses, seating platforms, sandboxes, reading corners and much more. There is also seating for parents and nursery school teachers.

The KuKuk Box lives through its users. It is equipped with materials such as round, square and sawn timber, fasteners, ropes and paints that allow it to be expanded as desired. This means that schools, kindergartens and social institutions are free to design the play container themselves.

The fully-fledged playground encourages a lot of movement and also offers retreat areas that allow intensive play – no matter what the weather.

Design

ISO 668 applies to sea freight containers, which have a frame structure that can be used very well as a support element for the construction of foundation-free playgrounds. No excavated earth or concrete foundations cast for eternity are needed for construction. This saves money and time. It is also sustainable, of course.

The containers are made of resistant COR-TEN steel. The walls are made of trapezoidal sheet steel, the floors are made of plywood.

The finish is high-quality and robust. The hardest woods and weatherproof, rustproof stainless steel connections are used. For the fixtures, sapwood-free, weather-resistant robinia wood is used because of its natural robustness.

Equipment

The slides are made of durable, UV-resistant stainless steel (V2A).

The nets and ropes are custom-made from extremely strong Hercules rope (sheathed steel ropes). This is a craft still practised by only very few manufacturers in Germany. The material is characterised by high colour fastness and abrasion resistance.

Coloured Plexiglas gives the children an intensive colour experience. It looks very good, the material is weather and age resistant as well as enormously UV resistant.

Safety and sustainability

The KuKuk Box play containers are built according to the safety standard DIN EN 1176 and are individually approved by independent, certified experts (e.g. TüV) for public play areas.

When the play containers are no longer to be used, the manufacturer will take them back and create something new from the materials. Some call it a manufacturer take-back guarantee, others call it sustainability.

Many cities, municipalities and communities that started with the purchase of a KuKuk Box are now owners of several play containers. Such a ” store ” also makes the planning of reconstructions or refurbishments much easier.

About KuKuk

The KuKuk Box was developed by an experienced team of artists, architects, carpenters, metalworkers and educators.

The aim and result of this development were and are inexpensive and sustainable play facilities of ecological value, which at the same time meet the highest functional and aesthetic demands. Of course, they should also be fun.

This has worked out well. Very well, in fact.

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Play containers

KuKuk Box GmbH
Rosenwiesstraße 17
D – 70567 Stuttgart

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KuKuk Box GmbH

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Johannes Bühlbecker
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Augmented Grounds

Digital goes analog

Augmented Grounds in Quebec

SoomeenHahm Design

About

Augmented Grounds is a winning competition entry of the International Garden Festival 2020. It is a landscape design installation, located in the Métis garden, Prince, Quebec, Canada, completed its construction in July 2020.

The design is inspired by traditional Métis sash and the proposal uniquely combines technologies in its making process which was highly evaluated by the competition juries.

While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality.

As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between human, computer & nature.

While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality.

As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between human, computer & nature.

Cloud

The project utilized Augmented Reality and cloud based digital twin communication platforms in order to realize the construction during the pandemic. The project celebrates the fast and intuitive communication between designer and maker, utilizing the digitally augmented human labours crafting the delicate material on site by wearing AR Lenses.

At the same time, a globally assembled team of designers were able to review the construction process through a cloud based digital twin of the construction site, being able to intuitively supervise the construction process from far distance and pass on knowledge and guidance to local crews efficiently. This enabled the global team of designers and makers to be able to work together simultaneously in distance during the design and construction process.

Craftmanship

The installation also celebrates human craftsmanship. We chose to use colourful rope inspired by the colours and history of the traditional Métis sash, the Augmented Grounds garden takes visitors through a playful and colourful rope display of topography that reflects the pride of Métis culture and identity.

In the garden, visitors can walk along the colourful contours of ropes, sit and lie down on the coiled seating, or run up and down on the mounds and the pools.

While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality.

As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between human, computer & nature.

While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality.

As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between human, computer & nature.

Métis

This garden is the Métissage of cultural pride and innovation. The Métis sash is traditionally made with the art of finger weaving and draped across one’s shoulder or tied around the waist.

The Augmented Grounds garden represents the Sash through colourful ropes made of twisted fibres that are tightly laid on top of the terrain to create a landscape of contours that reflects the different depths of Métis history represented on the sash.

Analogue and algorithm

While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality.

As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between human, computer & nature.

While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality.

As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between human, computer & nature.

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Design

Project team

Hanjun Kim, Marie-Eve Brais, Justine Valois, Marion Sellier, François Leblanc

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Opening

2020

Video

Hanjun Kim, Marie Eve Brais

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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Coniplay

Pretty safe

Surfaces in water landscapes

Coniplay

About

Safety plays a major role in the design of the surfacing around water surfaces in both outdoor and indoor areas. It must be designed so that bathers always have a safe footing.

Slips and falls must be avoided at all costs as even a small, careless movement can lead to a fall with serious consequences, especially since bathers, whether children, adults or senior citizens only wear swimwear and are therefore also unprotected by any clothing if they fall. Floors bordering on water surfaces are therefore primarily designed for safety reasons.

Conica offers a safe solution for floorings adjacent to water surfaces.

Jointless

The surface system Coniplay was developed by the Swiss company Conica AG. Its safe standing ensures that bathing fun in adventure and leisure pools, spas and private swimming pools is not spoilt by accidents.

The product is available in two versions: as the water-permeable version Coniplay AP and as the water-impermeable Coniplay AI. Both solutions are colourful, comfortable and offer a long service life. They can easily be installed without joints using different binding agents.

Bacterial inhibiting

CONIPLAY AP is a water-permeable surface that can be constructed in one or two layers. CONIPLAY AI has a multi-layer structure and is waterproof.

The black granulate layer is optional for both variants, it serves to achieve any desired fall protection. This is what makes them recommendable.

Sealing

The sealant is also the same for both: CONIPUR 2210, as an anti-slip, silk-gloss 2-component PUR sealant. Alternatively, CONIPUR 2210 AB can also be used. This sealant is additionally equipped with a bacteria-inhibiting additive.

CONIPLAY AP and CONIPLAY AI are resistant to both chlorine and salt water.

Conclusion

Today’s bathing landscapes are subject to tough competition. Safety and attractiveness must no longer be competitors, they have to be partners.

The Coniplay solution combines the necessary, the fall protection, with the aesthetic. The material used allows a colourful design, so that bathing fun can be experienced in full all around the water with maximum safety.

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Surfaces

Conica AG
Industriestraße 26
CH – 8207 Schaffhausen

Author

Uwe Schmidt
Industrie-Contact AG
Bahrenfelder Marktplatz 7
D – 22761 Hamburg

Photograph

Conica AG

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Colegio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes

Let there be light

Colegio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes 

Picado De Blas Arquitectos

Situation

This project has been carried out thanks to the Torrelodones municipality initiative which seeks to improve the current conditions of the most degraded public schools in the area by introducing a small architectural intervention network of new constructions.

This gives the opportunity to introduce ecological concepts in schools with very low cost.

Let the sunshine in

In this case, a small pavilion was required for a sports activity next to the existing school.

Breaking up with the traditional concept of this type of spaces, which are usually very closed to the outside, a large window opened to east appears, offering a view of the sky.

Design

The project approach is to set up the pavilion as a removable architectural piece, quickly erected, sustainable and innovative. We thought at this point in removable refrigeration panel self-supporting structure, a typical material used in the industry, which is lightness and has a high energy efficiency that facilitates its quick assembly and keeps safely the possibility of reuse in the future.

These panels have a 10 cm thickness, weighing the whole building less than a quarter of what would weight a traditional construction.

Realisation

We understand as innovative this proposal, not only for the introduction of industrial panel systems, but also because of the acoustic absorption achieved in the interior space. The impact absorption on the ground was ensured by superimposing several special absorbent sheets under the pavement, while echoes and reverberations on the walls were counteracted by a 3D textile material specially designed for this project.

The wood used as the final floor finishing is an industrial oak recycled wood, which is made with the remains of other woods. This material will provide warmth and facilitates the indoor sports performance.

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Project data

Architect

PICADO-DE BLAS ARQUITECTOS
Calle González Amigó nº23
E – 28033 Madrid

Client

Community of Torrelodones

Team

Rubén Picado Fernández, María José de Blas
Carlos Diaz-Monis, Jorge Li, Teresa Casbas, Sofía Fernández, Will Tooze

Address

Calle Ntra. Sra. del Carmen, 10
28250 Torrelodones
E – Madrid

Opening

2019

Photos

Alberto Amores
Estudio Picado-de Blas

Author

PICADO-DE BLAS ARQUITECTOS

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Colourful play floors

Simply magical

Colourful play floors

Melos

About

Children want adventures. And that is why they love to create their own imaginary worlds, in which they can be or do anything: become an astronaut or a racing drivers, set off on a big safari across Africa, or ride atop a unicorn.

Colourful play floors inspire the imagination even more. Also, they are soft, easy on the joints, and slip-resistant – particularly important properties for astronauts and racing drivers, no matter how old they are.

These play floors are supplied by Melos.

Floor images

Colourful play floors are a good alternative to other attractions such as floor images made of granules. They are both ideally suited for use in play areas, in kindergartens, or on school playgrounds.

Floor images are individual floor designs for nearly any type of public space, among them playgrounds, sports fields, and sports halls. Melos have specially developed the Stylemaker® app showing the many different motifs and designs that are available for the theme worlds mentioned.

Play floors

Play floors are full-surface floor coverings that can be very well combined with the chosen floor images. They are made of EPDM, the standard product used worldwide for a variety of different outdoor floors.

Play floors are made of coloured granules that must be able to withstand demanding conditions. Regular inspections ensure a high-performance product of consistently high quality.

Amazing Africa and Fairy Flowers

The new colourful blend “Amazing Africa” has been developed using a special colour that is exclusive to this blend. It has been specially designed to match the safari motifs from the Stylemaker® range. The unique colour mix consists of 100% virgin material and is supplied as a pre-mixed coloured material blend.

This is also the case for “Fairy Flowers”, another new and colourful blend with a special colour that is unique to Melos. “Fairy Flowers” has been specially adapted to the Stylemaker® motifs and is made to inspire little magicians and fairies.

Both blends create enchanting environments on safety surfaces, and both allow children to let their imagination run wild. Simply magical!

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Melos

Play floors

Melos GmbH
Bismarckstrasse 4-10
D-49324 Melle

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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Ibtasem

“When I go back home, I can build one myself.”

IBTASEM playground in Lebanon

CatalyticAction

 

Situation

The Syrian crisis is the world’s largest refugee crisis for almost a quarter of a century under UNCHR’s mandate. It has devastated lives; uprooting families from their homes and forcing them to leave the country to find safety elsewhere. The conflict has seen the movement of over 1.2 million refugees to Lebanon, half of which are children. The UN, different nation states and international NGO’s have delivered some support but refugee Informal Tented Settlements (ITS) do not provide a vibrant and safe atmosphere for children to grow up in.

IBTASEM

In August 2015, CatalyticAction completed the construction of the pilot project ‘IBTASEM’. This project consists of a playground design for situations of emergency response.

Children have the right to a safe childhood, an education and to play. IBTASEM playground has been designed in response to the large number of Syrian children now living as refugees in Lebanon. Visiting the informal tented settlements in the town of Bar Elias, Lebanon, as well as the schools that have been built to provide education, a main realization was that there was a lack of space solely dedicated to children. A space that would simply allow them to be children, such as a playground, such as IBTASEM!

Opportunities

The innovative process behind this project is not merely in its supply of playing facilities, like swings and slides, but rather in its exploration of opportunities that enable the children to design the playground themselves. IBTASEM playground has been designed and built with the input of the children since the inception of its idea. Adopting participatory art and architecture in the process prioritizes the children.

Playing is what children do best, so imagine using the act of play in design practices as an empowering tool for communities.

Realisation

The playground has been built with the help of volunteers who participated in the international Design-Build Workshop Lebanon 2015. The workshop was divided into two phases, with the first one focusing on building the modular structure of the playground, and the second one being more concerned with the playground components and its completion. This allowed for a multicultural and interdisciplinary process.

The children developed a sense of ownership towards the playground. They knew that their role was very important;

“I am here to build the playground with you, so when I go back to Syria, I can build one myself.”

Shahd, 5 year old.

Temporary structure

The playground is designed so that is easy to assemble, disassemble, transport and then either re-assemble or re-purpose. It was important for the local partner that the playground be a temporary structure. The design consists of a wooden structure that is modular and assembled on site. Inspired by the locals’ reuse of material; the design sees the use of vegetable crates, tyres, ropes, etc.

Partner

The playground space is not limited to its pillars, it is rather an exponentiation of what the children make out of it. CatalyticAction partnered with the basketball freestyle group Da Move (www.damove.com), who provided a two days training to the children. This presented a great opportunity for the children to use the playground in a fun and educational way. The inauguration day was a celebration of the day all the children were able to play freely in the playground, as well as enjoy a basketball performance by Da Move and the talents and skills of some of the children.

Right To Play Lebanon (www.righttoplay.com) supported the project by donating basketballs, as well as providing training for three of the schoolteachers on how to use play for education, therefore efficiently using the playground space.

Catalyst

The pilot project acted as a catalyst by triggering the awareness for a much-needed space for these children in a time of crisis. Currently, the team of CatalyticAction is in the ongoing process of developing future playgrounds with local partners in Lebanon.

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Photos

Lorenzo Conti
Ronan Glynn
Odysseas Mourtzouchos
Joana Dabaj

Opening

2015

Text

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Dafne Schippers Bridge

Take me to the place I love

Dafne Schippers Bridge in Utrecht

NEXT ARCHITECTS

About

This unique design integrates a bicycle and pedestrian bridge with a school and a park into one cohesive whole. As such, the Dafne Schippers bridge and elementary school Oog in Al serve a variety of interests. Cyclists, neighbourhood residents, a local primary school, the municipality, and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment were all involved in this project.

The bridge, which crosses the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal in Utrecht, is the main link in the express cycling route that connects the historical city centre with the new neighbourhood of Leidsche Rijn. Cyclists travelling from the city centre to Leidsche Rijn will cycle to a height of nine metres as they veer around Victor Hugo park in a wide bend, taking them across the roof of the school and over the canal.

The special ones

In addition, by integrating functions and making the bridge an integral part of the public space in the neighbourhood, it is an important and special meeting point for local residents and school children. The double land use with maximum space for greenery makes the Dafne Schippers bridge unique, not only as a bridge but also as a place in its own right.

By the way, the name giver of the bridge is also special: Dafne Schippers was born in Utrecht and is a very successful athlete (among others European athlete of the years 2014 and 2015).

Fluent movement

In one fluent movement the bicycle route, park and school are joined together in a coherent infrastructure, building and landscape. The design challenges all the involved designers to intensly collaborate and clearly tune into each other.

The bicycle bridge, being positioned on the south side, creates space on the north side for a recreational area. The school and recreational area orientate towards the park. This is made possible by making the east side of the school, under the bridge, more narrow. The result is a private recreational area attached to the public park and an apparent, natural entrance in continuation of the street. The wide side of the school at the water complements the park and creates a safe enclosed space for the school children to play.

Panoramic view

The roof garden is an essential element between the different programmes. The garden is a continuation of the green environment on the roof, it offers extra space for the school to enjoy and creates a natural distance between the school and the cyclist.

In a wide angle cyclist are lifted up from the park, guided around the perma culture garden on the roof of the gym of the school, and lead through the trees, with a panoramic view over the canal. Flanked by water, the cyclist rides between an interweaving design of cables toward a lean gateway to safely land in Leidsche Rijn.

The Dafne Schippers bridge received an honourable mention for the Dutch Concrete Prize 2017 and was nominated for the Roof of the Year Awards 2016.

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Architect

NEXT ARCHITECTS
Kauwgomballenfabriek
P. v. Vlissingenstraat 2a
NL – 1096 BK Amsterdam

rudy uytenhaak + partners architecten
Jan Evertsenstraat 779
NL – 1061XZ, Amsterdam

Team

Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, Jurriaan Hillerström, Tara Steenvorden, Mark Jongerius, Rudy Uytenhaak, Karin Dorrepaal, Jonathan van Leuzen

Client

City of Utrecht
Stadsplateau 1
NL – 3521 AZ Utrecht

Landscape architect

Bureau B+B
Gedempt Hamerkanaal 96 
NL – 1021 KR Amsterdam

Structural engineering bridge

Arup Amsterdam

Opening

2016

Address

Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal
NL – 3528 BG Utrecht

Photos

Next architects /
Photography: Jeroen Musch

Aerials: 
Mastum Daksystemen / Maurice Iseger

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Pixeland

Public space beautification

Pixeland in Mianyang

100architects

About

Pixeland by 100architects brings together a number of different outdoor facilities, including playground spaces for kids as well as landscaping and entertainment for adults and families. Installed in Mianyang (5.45 million inhabitants), China, the space features a series of multi-purpose ‘pixel’ spaces which create a unique multi-use public plaza. Mianyang (5.45 million inhabitants) is a key centre for the electronics industry located in the northwest of Sichuan Province.

Pixeland is a public space beautification comprising a combination of different outdoor facilities in a single space, such as landscape features, playscape features for kids and leisure features for adults.

The project is inspired by the digital concept of pixels. While a pixel is the smallest independent sample of an image with its own RGB or CMYK color information, it is the combination of numerous pixels what results in any given digital image.

Architects

100architects
Shanghai

Team: Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Stefanie Schramel, Marta Pinheiro, Lara Broglio, Mónica Páez, Keith Gong

Client

Dongyuan Dichan

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Text

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Pixels

Transferring this idea to the spatial organization strategy of the project, 100architects thought of creating a multifunctional public space by the addition and combination of smaller independent functional pixels. While each of the pixels has its own function and characteristics and could be read as an independent entity, the combination of all of them results in a very eye-catching and playful general multifunctional public space.

The result is a 1500-square metre public city plaza in a residential district of Mianyang which aims at creating a multipurpose public space.

The main pixel used in the core of the project is a perfect square of 5 x 5 m, as the minimum space to host functions suitable for a group of people, while as we get closer to the borders, smaller pixels of 2,5 x 2,5 m and 1,25 x 1,25 m are introduced as a modular approach to solve the accesses, the pedestrian circulation and the landscape in the border.

Address

Binjiang East Road
Youxian District
Mianyang City
CN-Sichuan Province

Aerial view

Equipment

Surrounded by small pixels of greenery as a border solution to provide privacy and safety confining the playscape, the plaza is also equipped with lounge resting areas, picnic areas with seats & tables, seating box structures to provide shadow, sunken communal benches, sloped lawns to lay down and small amphitheaters for gatherings.

Besides the leisure features, Pixeland also counts with a wide range of playful features scattered around, culminated with a voxelated Horse-themed playground in the middle of the plaza, for the joy and entertainment of the younger visitors.

The checkered plaza has been developed in a multilevel way, providing an interesting artificial topography growing in height towards the center, where the voxelated horse is strategically placed on the top.

Opening

2019

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Johannes Bühlbecker is an architect and has worked, among others, for International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) for 15 years – as editorial director of the renowned trade magazine “sb”, in the organisation and realisation of international architectural competitions with IOC and IPC, in trade fairs and conventions, as head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Facilities”) and as a lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne.

  • Dipl.-Ing. (engineering degree) Architect, TU Berlin
  • Longtime editorial head with “sb”, an international journal for the architecture of sports
  • Training in web design, online marketing, etc.
  • International architectural competitions with IOC and IPC
  • Trade fair and congress organisation
  • Head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Venues”)
  • Lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne
  • Planning of the Prussian Stadium in Münster (for großmann engineers, Göttingen)
  • Replanning a football stadium in Berlin-Köpenick
  • Numerous publications, i.a. “From Round Leather to Soap Bubbles – The Development of Football and its Architecture”
  • Board member and youth coach at SV BW Weitmar 09

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Stylemaker

Dreams are my reality

Floor images made of granules

Melos GmbH

The Westerhausen Grand Prix

Melle in March 2019: Excitement is in the air, because the Westerhausen Grand Prix is just around the corner. The young drivers are ready to go, the engines are roaring, and the wild race begins. Young push car drivers streak like lightning through the straights and at the same time learn the meaning of traffic lights and signs.

The setting for this spectacle is the Melos Kart Raceway – that’s the previously unused back yard at the KiTa Westerhausen nursery. Westerhausen is a district of the town Melle (46,000 residents) not far from Osnabrück. The push car raceway opened in March 2019 with Mario Kart-like designs. Road markings

Outfit and equipment

Melos GmbH
Bismarckstrasse 4-10
D-49324 Melle

Stylemaker®

Stylemaker®

The very popular project was developed very quickly with the Stylemaker®. This app developed by Melos enables individualised flooring designs. Simply and intuitively, you can choose patterns and designs for your flooring layout and place an order. This makes the Stylemaker® a huge help when planning play areas, nurseries or other eye-catchers such as the entrances of sports grounds, sport halls or offices.

Using different themes such as “Galaxy“, “Sea Life“ or even “Race Track“ and dozens of designs from animals, floor games and numbers to traffic symbols, everyone can develop their very own design. The chosen designs can be produced up to a maximum sixe of 150 x 150 cm. 24 colours are available.

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Stylemaker® Individual

Melos also offers the possibility of including club or company logos, family crests, lettering or other custom objects in your design.

It’s enough to send in your own sketches, photos and ideas in photos or scans to the specialists at Melos. The arrangement, outlines, colour choice and the fine details are then agreed in close coordination with one another.

Eventually, the final draft becomes floor art made from high quality granulate; an individual, original und expressive solution for sports clubs, schools, nurseries and businesses.

Opening

2018/19

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Melos

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Melos

30 square metres of the cosmos

A new safety mat under the climbing wall of the Harsewinkel secondary school has been protecting even the most daring climbers since the end of 2018. This safety mat is the result of a special collaboration and offers a very unique design.

The course project “Digital Design” with the year 11s as designers, together with Melos from Melle and its subsidiary Teu2tec from Gütersloh were the project leaders. The concept and design came from the students. Melos produced the coloured plastic granulate, and Teu2tec created high quality images for the safety mat coating from the granulate, with the help of 3D printing and 3D design.

The 30 square metre dark blue area is embellished with colourful motifs along the theme of space travel and the universe: an astronaut, a UFO, a rocket, an atom, and stars.

Another collaboration by this winning team is already on the cards.

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Johannes Bühlbecker is an architect and has worked, among others, for International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) for 15 years – as editorial director of the renowned trade magazine “sb”, in the organisation and realisation of international architectural competitions with IOC and IPC, in trade fairs and conventions, as head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Facilities”) and as a lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne.

  • Dipl.-Ing. (engineering degree) Architect, TU Berlin
  • Longtime editorial head with “sb”, an international journal for the architecture of sports
  • Training in web design, online marketing, etc.
  • International architectural competitions with IOC and IPC
  • Trade fair and congress organisation
  • Head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Venues”)
  • Lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne
  • Planning of the Prussian Stadium in Münster (for großmann engineers, Göttingen)
  • Replanning a football stadium in Berlin-Köpenick
  • Numerous publications, i.a. “From Round Leather to Soap Bubbles – The Development of Football and its Architecture”
  • Board member and youth coach at SV BW Weitmar 09

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French International School

In the jungle, the concrete jungle…

French International School of Hong Kong

by Henning Larsen Architects

Just above street level

In the concrete jungle of Hong Kong, the new campus of the French International School stands as a vibrant green oasis in the dense city. 1,100 pupils now enjoy a colorful, collaborative multicultural learning space, setting the scene for the working environment of tomorrow.

Just above street level in Hong Kong’s Tseung Kwan O district, sunlight meets the kaleidoscopic façade of the new French International School campus, spilling into the building through windows laid across a grid of 627 multicolored tiles. From the street, this colorful façade draws the eye to the institution’s new primary and secondary school – A vibrant, sustainable environment supporting a world-class multicultural education.

Architects

Henning Larsen Architects
Room A, 10/F, Yardley Building
3 Connaught Road West
Hong Kong

Client & User

Dissolving classrooms

Completed in September 2018, the 19,600 m² new French International School creates an open and active learning environment that place the school at the forefront of pedagogical innovation in Hong Kong.

Architects Henning Larsen dissolved the traditional classrooms and pushed boundaries on how learning spaces can allow teachers and classes to work together in a more collaborative open space.

Address

French International School of Hong Kong
28 Tong Yin St
Tseung Kwan O
Hongkong

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Villa and Agora

In the Primary School section, the traditionally enclosed classrooms with corridors merge together in a series of large open plan spaces called Villas, each with 125 pupils in the same age group.

Teachers can open their classes up to each other and share a central space called the Agora, where group activities unfold. Here, classes from both streams of the school (French and International) can collaborate and develop group projects together; preparing for the work environments of tomorrow.

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Sustainable agenda

Green in form and function, the campus sets an example in sustainability. The building form and the façade designs are optimized to respond to the local climate and to decrease energy consumption and increase comfort by passive means.

Strategic use of daylight also supports the sustainable vision. The campus offers ample daylight in all of its spaces. In the sunny tropics, this means careful orientation of windows and robust sun shading.

All the classrooms face North or South to avoid the punitive low sun from East and West, and the deep brise-soleil shade the façade to avoid any direct sunlight into the spaces. The light is generous and homogenous throughout the day. The brise-soleils entirely removes the need for blinds or curtains and enables a clearer glass to be used, thus providing a more natural color of daylight in interior spaces.

Opening

2018

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Vegetation

Natural vegetation is crucial to the campus’ green function. Forty-two trees, a plant covered perimeter fence, multi-story hanging gardens and a 550 square meter botanical garden planted with native South Chinese vegetation are among the green spaces that establish the school as a lush garden within urban Hong Kong.

As the vegetation improves air quality within the urban setting, ventilation systems utilize natural breezes to circulate fresh air through the building and reduce reliance on air conditioning. With ample opportunity to study, play among and cultivate these gardens, students are able to gain hands-on experience with the region’s natural vegetation, fostering a sense of environmental stewardship and a practical education in sustainability.

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The loop

A vegetated perimeter fence establishes the school as an urban green space, part of a network of planted space within the campus. A 400 meter-long track called “The Loop” winds its way throughout the campus playgrounds, and inclines through the Native Garden, giving students the opportunity to study stratified layers of native South Chinese plant species with the sensation of climbing up through a forest canopy. In total, 42 native trees grow within the campus.

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Multicultural design

The multicolored ceramic tiles covering the French International School’s distinctive façade are a material representation of the environment within. A spectrum of colors, the tile design gives sustainable form and a multicultural vision to the campus, supporting its mission of a forward-thinking, international education.

Offering five languages to a student body representing 40 nationalities, the French International School is an active cultural crossroad. Outside of school hours the campus also acts as a quiet and green oasis in a city with a scarcity of space. Ground floor facilities, including the gymnasium, exhibition areas, canteen and playground, can be opened to the public – allowing the school to operate on evenings and weekends as a beacon for French culture.

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Refuge

With over seven million residents, the towering concrete and constant activity of urban Hong Kong presents a challenge to creating effective learning spaces. For some 1,100 students, the French International School’s Tseung Twan O creates a green refuge within the big city.

Although situated in a more densely urban setting than other campuses of the French International School, our new Tsueng Kwan O location stands out in its inclusion of healthful green spaces. The outcome is a flourishing, vibrant learning space that makes room for students to collaborate and grow within the city.

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Johannes Bühlbecker is an architect and has worked, among others, for International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) for 15 years – as editorial director of the renowned trade magazine “sb”, in the organisation and realisation of international architectural competitions with IOC and IPC, in trade fairs and conventions, as head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Facilities”) and as a lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne.

  • Dipl.-Ing. (engineering degree) Architect, TU Berlin
  • Longtime editorial head with “sb”, an international journal for the architecture of sports
  • Training in web design, online marketing, etc.
  • International architectural competitions with IOC and IPC
  • Trade fair and congress organisation
  • Head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Venues”)
  • Lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne
  • Planning of the Prussian Stadium in Münster (for großmann engineers, Göttingen)
  • Replanning a football stadium in Berlin-Köpenick
  • Numerous publications, i.a. “From Round Leather to Soap Bubbles – The Development of Football and its Architecture”
  • Board member and youth coach at SV BW Weitmar 09

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WeGrow

The World Is Our Classroom

WeGrow school in New York City

by BIG

About

BIG and WeWork’s collaboration and belief in creativity manifests through the first WeGrow school in New York City. The interactive learning landscape supports a conscious approach to education, nurturing the growth, spirit and mind of the 21st century child. The 10,000 ft² (929m²) learning universe for children aged three to nine is located in WeWork’s HQ in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Architects

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Daniel Sundlin, Beat SchenkProject Designer: Otilia Pupezeanu
Project Architect: Jeremy Babel
Team: Bart Ramakers, Douglass Alligood, Erik Berg Kreider, Evan Saarinen, Filip Milovanovic, Florencia Kratsman, Francesca Portesine, Il Hwan Kim, Jakob Lange, Ji Young Yoon, Kristoffer Negendahl, Josiah Poland, Mengzhu Jiang, Ryan Yang, Stephen Kwok, Terrence Chew, Tore Banke, Tracy Sodder
BIG Ideas: Tore Banke, Kristoffer Negendahl

Client & User

Classroom + learning landscape

The design starts from the premise of a school universe at the level of the child. A field of super-elliptic objects forms a learning landscape that’s dense and rational – yet free and fluid. Modular classrooms, tree houses and a vertical farm promote an inclusive and collaborative learning environment. Acoustic clouds, natural materials and neutral colors create a calm setting for the child’s focused study.

A field of spaces with a variety of functions allow children to move freely throughout the day and to learn from the environment around them and each other. The learning landscape encourages collaboration by emphasizing transparent and communal spaces, which comprise more than half of the school: four classrooms, flexible workshops, community space, multi-purpose studio, art studio, music room and other playscapes support the energy of creation and togetherness.

Address

WeGrow
110 W 19th St
New York
NY 10011
USA

Aerial view

Shelves

Most of the partitions inside the school are shelves raised to the level of the child, allowing natural light to reach deep inside the building. Three different shelving levels for each age group curve occasionally to create various activity pockets and give a feeling of comfort, safety and community, while allowing teachers to have full perspective of the space at all times.

Above, acoustic clouds made of felt reflect the different patterns in nature – fingerprint, coral, landscape and moon – and illuminate with Ketra bulbs that shift in color and intensity based on the time of day.

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Learning stations

Each learning station within WeGrow includes furniture with details and materials carefully designed by BIG to optimize the educational environment: modular classrooms promote movement and collaboration, puzzle tables and chairs manufactured by Bendark Studios come in kid and parent sizes to offer equal perspectives, and the vertical garden with tiles made in Switzerland by Laufen house different plants depending on shade exposure.

The mushroom shelves and magic meadow create a calm setting for a more focused study while reading hives form an immersive library for an organic learning environment.

Opening

2018

Photographs

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BIG

Lobby

Teachers and parents share the lobby with the children, where a playful felt nook forms from the smooth cut out in the walls to serve as a flexible work, meet and waiting area. Children can join in the brain puzzle, an all-felt lounge that can be taken apart for playing and learning. From the lobby to the classrooms, WeGrow is lit by Gople Lamp and Alphabet of Light – flexible lighting systems designed by BIG Ideas and manufactured by Artemide to create ambience effects that form comfortable, natural lighting throughout the school day. 

Playful and transparent, yet homelike and structured, WeGrow nurtures the child’s education through introspection, exploration and discovery.

New York Post states: “The $42,000-a-year curriculum ($36,000 for preschool for ages 3 to 4 and $22,000 for 2-year-olds) is a slick mish-mash of Montessori, New Age philosophy and Silicon Valley capitalism set amongst Architecture Digest-worthy interiors.“

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Johannes Bühlbecker, founder

Johannes Bühlbecker is an architect and has worked, among others, for International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) for 15 years – as editorial director of the renowned trade magazine “sb”, in the organisation and realisation of international architectural competitions with IOC and IPC, in trade fairs and conventions, as head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Facilities”) and as a lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne.

  • Dipl.-Ing. (engineering degree) Architect, TU Berlin
  • Longtime editorial head with “sb”, an international journal for the architecture of sports
  • Training in web design, online marketing, etc.
  • International architectural competitions with IOC and IPC
  • Trade fair and congress organisation
  • Head of the “NRW Beratungsstelle Sportstätten“ (“NRW Advice Centre for Sports Venues”)
  • Lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne
  • Planning of the Prussian Stadium in Münster (for großmann engineers, Göttingen)
  • Replanning a football stadium in Berlin-Köpenick
  • Numerous publications, i.a. “From Round Leather to Soap Bubbles – The Development of Football and its Architecture”
  • Board member and youth coach at SV BW Weitmar 09

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