Ludwig Weber School

Ludwig Weber School in Frankfurt

Together not alone

Ludwig Weber School promotes communication and openness – including thanks to good acoustics.

Ludwig Weber School is a fun place to learn.

A fun place for primary school pupils to learn: the new building of the Ludwig Weber School in Frankfurt’s Sindelfingen district (founded in 1973), which was designed by Behnisch, the Stuttgart architects, successfully combines a spacious interior with an exterior that does not appear outsized.

Apart from the distinctive design of the upper two floors, which rise in terraces above the ground floor, the new primary school building features an eye-catching wood-aluminium facade which is both attractive and inviting thanks to floor-to-ceiling window and large wooden elements. Moreover, the ensemble fits perfectly into its surroundings.

With a floor space of about 4,000 square metres, there is ample room for the approximately 200 students and their teachers to move around in the free-form, open school landscape, which stimulates open communication while also being easy to navigate.

All rooms have access to the surrounding terraces, which serve as escape routes and recreational spaces.

In accordance to the school mission “Together not alone”, the architects designed a school building that creates the basis for a vibrant school community with a diverse range of learning areas, open spaces and additional outdoor “green” classrooms.

The main entrance leads directly into the heart of the building. From the foyer, which is flooded with daylight through a large, round skylight, two interlocking staircases lead to the two upper floors, likewise airy and light-filled, each with four classrooms and group rooms.

All rooms have access to the surrounding terraces, which serve as escape routes and recreational spaces. The library and the IT department are located at the centre, close to the staircases.
From the school office and administrative rooms located on the first floor, teachers are also able to keep an eye on the entrance hall and the playground. On the second floor, there is a spacious terrace, which is used as a ‘green classroom’.

To satisfy the highest demands for optimal acoustics in the sports facilities and classrooms, Troldtekt acoustic panels were installed in the new school building.

As a special feature of Ludwig Weber School, the single-field sports hall, which is integrated into the building and flooded with natural light thanks to its large windows, can now be accessed directly from the foyer.

The ground floor also houses the canteen with a fully equipped kitchen. This area opens onto the 4000 m² playground, which offers plenty of space to romp, and play as well as sufficient room for retreating.

To satisfy the highest demands for optimal acoustics in the sports facilities and classrooms, Troldtekt acoustic panels were installed in the new school building. The acoustic panels are made entirely of the natural materials wood and cement and are thus not just highly effective in terms of sound absorption but also sustainable.
At the same time, the wood wool panels of Ludwig Weber School create a healthy indoor climate, provide effective fire protection, and fit the structure and design of the space perfectly.

A win for all.

Project data

Architect

Behnisch Architects
Rotebühlstraße 163A
D – 70197 Stuttgart

Client

Magistrat der Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Acoustic ceiling

Troldtekt GmbH
Friesenweg 4 · Haus 12
D – 22763 Hamburg

Physical address

Ludwig Weber School
Paul-Kirchhof-Platz 13
D – 65931 Frankfurt am Main

Opening

2020

Author

Dipl.-Ing. Architekt Olaf Wiechers
Büro für Architektur  +  Mediendienstleistungen
Klaus-Groth-Str. 1
D – 21629 Neu Wulmstorf

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Lurup Neighborhood School

Lurup Neighborhood School

New ways

An impressive new building that is home to a neighborhood school and a neighborhood center based on the Scandinavian model.

After a good three years of construction, roughly 1000 pupils and 120 teachers moved into the accessible school building.

Global architectural firm Behnisch Architekten have designed an impressive new build on behalf of the city of Hamburg in Lurup, comprising a school and community centre after the Scandinavian model.

After a good three years of construction, roughly 1000 pupils and 120 teachers moved into the accessible school building, which includes a sports and multipurpose hall.

The curved new build of some 14,000 m² is elegant, understated and welcoming, and holds 36 classrooms and specialist rooms on three floors. The balconies that run around the building and the almost entirely glazed facade present an open and transparent appearance.
The new build is also home to the so-called Community School (LURUM), which aims to improve the future prospects and educational opportunities of the young people of Lurup and their families beyond school. After the Scandinavian model, the new community centre combines educational and extracurricular facilities for all generations.

Previously the school was spread over three campuses. The fact that all year groups are now under the one roof is a perfect realisation of the school’s inclusive design.

The multipurpose room, canteen, media centre and sports halls are located off the school’s central foyer on the ground floor. The first floor contains classrooms, the teachers’ wing with individual offices, rooms for school social work, a room for parent meetings, a first-aid room as well as a lounge for teaching staff and a library.
Previously the school was spread over three campuses. The fact that all year groups are now under the one roof is a perfect realisation of the school’s inclusive design.
Multi-professional teams of specialist and special education teachers support the children and young people individually according to their educational needs, help them to obtain their school leaving certificates and also promote social learning.

The light-colored acoustic panels from Troldtekt GmbH fit perfectly into the overall design concept and optimize the acoustic conditions, both in the classrooms and in the sports halls.

This inclusive, open and innovative approach is also evident inside the new build. Natural light abounds in the large foyer thanks to the glass facade and a skylight. The broad steps and curved corridors create a cheery, relaxed feel.

The corridors between the specialist rooms are divided up and equipped with special seating in such a way that they can also be used by study groups if necessary.

Attractive colour accents in deep red and yellow hues provide a vibrant contrast to the light floors and acoustic ceilings from Troldtekt.

Project data

Architect

Behnisch Architekten
Rotebühlstraße 163A
D – 70197 Stuttgart

Client

SBH | Schulbau Hamburg

Acoustic ceiling

Troldtekt GmbH
Friesenweg 4 · Haus 12
D – 22763 Hamburg

Physical address

Stadtteilschule Lurup
Flurstraße 15
D – 22549 Hamburg

Opening

2020

Author

Dipl.-Ing. Architekt Olaf Wiechers
Büro für Architektur  +  Mediendienstleistungen
Klaus-Groth-Str. 1
D – 21629 Neu Wulmstorf

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Arc en Ciel

Arc en Ciel in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

One more

How a small school in densely populated Brussels creates space for itself – especially on the roof.

Label Architecture expanded “Arc en Ciel” with four classrooms and new outdoor areas. The roof areas played a special role in this.

Located in the midst of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode – the neighborhood with the highest population density in Belgium – the already crowded school and daycare centre “Arc en Ciel” wanted to increase its capacity with extra classrooms along with new outdoor spaces.

The internal organisation allows  to gather an ensemble of smaller functions and to turn them into two big classrooms on each floor. Furthermore, the duplication of the existing facade creates a new circulation, avoids an enfilade of classes and provides extra storage space for the pupils.

The existing gap between the buildings was closed by adding a storey with new classrooms.

Moreover, the new facade drastically improves the overall thermal performance of the building.

These same tactics are applied to provide more outdoor space for the school. By inserting a concrete structure, the ground surface of the playground is doubled.

This “table” covers a collection of playground equipment on the ground floor, while its roof is used as an enclosed sports field.

Arc en Ciel now has some exceptional qualities to offer. Above all, the two large outdoor areas are a clear response to a dense environment.

On the corner, the cavity between the two buildings is filled with the addition of 4 new classrooms. The existing staircase is extended to giving access to the new level and its roofsurface.

Here, accompagnied by an impressive view on Brussels, the daycare centre finds its new outdoor space and presents itself to the neighborhood.

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Architects

Label Architecture
Rue de Flandre 121
BEL – 1000 Brussels

Client

Municipality of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Construction

JZH & Partners

Address

Arc en Ciel
Rue de l’Abondance 17
BEL – 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Opening

2019

Photograph

Stijn Bollaert

Author

Label Architecture

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Park ‘n’ Play

Park ’n‘ Play in Copenhagen

The roof is on fire

Park ‘n’ Play turns a monofunctional parking garage into an attractive public space.

Park ‘n’ Play is a perfect example of how to overcome mono-functional parking garages.

Park ‘n’ Play is a new car park situated in Århusgadekvarteret, the first phase of a major development plan for Copenhagen Nordhavn. The neighbourhood is currently under development and will host a mix of new and existing buildings in the future.

The starting point for the competition design was a conventional car park structure. The task was to create an attractive green façade and a concept that would encourage people to use the rooftop.

JAJA Architects transform the gray concrete framework into something friendly, which already radiates warmth and harmony through its materiality and surfaces.

Instead of concealing the parking structure, JAJA Architects proposed a concept that enhances the beauty of the structural grid while breaking up the scale of the massive façade. A system of plant boxes is placed in a rhythm relating to the grid, which introduces a new scale while also distributing the greenery across the entire façade.

The grid of plant boxes on the facade is then penetrated by two large public stairs, which have a continuous railing that becomes a fantastic playground on the rooftop. A mere railing is transformed into swings, ball cages, jungle gyms and more. From street level, the railing literally takes the visitors by the hand, invites them on a trip to the rooftop landscape and amazing view of the Copenhagen Harbour.

Park ‘n’ Play is based on a standard, pre-defined concrete structure. The traditional concrete parking structure may appear cold and hard. As a natural continuation of the area’s red brick identity, JAJA Architects propose to color the concrete structure red. With this simple measure, the grey frame is transformed into a unique building structure, which radiates warmth and intimacy through its materiality and surface, in harmony with the surroundings that are dominated by red roof tiles and bricks.

The crucial element of this parking garage is the accessible, playable and recreational roof.

The basic principle of an active car park is the idea of an accessible and recreational roof offered to local inhabitants and visitors alike. Visibility and accessibility are therefore essential when creating a living roof.

The staircase has references to Centre Pompidou, where the movement along the façade is an experience in itself. Along the back wall of the staircase, JAJA Architects worked with RAMA Studio to create a graphical frieze, which, in an abstract, figurative form conveys the history of the area. 

The narrative can be seen from street level, and followed more closely when the visitor ascends along the staircase. Along here, alternative access points to the parking levels are established. The frieze tells a story of past and future, and becomes a modern tale of the area’s industrial history and its future as Copenhagen’s new development by the harbour.

The mix of parking garage, playground and attractive destination makes the project unique.

The red thread is a physical guide through the parking structure’s public spaces, which leads the visitor from street level, where the guide is introduced as a handrail on the staircase. As a sculptural guide it almost literally takes the visitor by the hand, and leads along the stairs to the top of Park ‘n’ Play and through the activity landscape on the roof. 

Here, it becomes a sculpture and offers experiences, resting spaces, play areas and spatial diversity. Activities along the red thread are traditional such as swings, climbing sculptures etc., but also more architectural elements such as fencing and plants, which emphasises or establishes spaces while providing shelter from the weather.

As such the structure becomes a red thread through the project, and connects the façade, the stairs and the activities on the roof as one single element. Copenhagen’s new car park Park ‘n’ Play already is a social meeting ground and an active part of its local environment – as an urban bonus for locals, athletes and visitors alike.   

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Architects

JAJA Architects ApS
Heimdalsgade 35, 3. – baghuset
DK – 2200 Copenhagen N

Client

Copenhagen City & Port Development

Address

Park ‘n’ Play
Nordhavnen
DK – 2150 Copenhagen

Opening

2016

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Foto © Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

Author

JAJA Architects ApS

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Vosges Stadium

Vosges Stadium in Basel

Get out!

A great example for activating public spaces and rooftop areas in an increasingly dense urban context.

The design of the schoolyard no longer met the needs of today’s schools and pupils.

The Vosges Stadium is the result of the redesign of a schoolyard used by three schools in the north of Basel.  Instead of renovating old plant troughs and fountains, MET Architects installed a bold playing field, activating three schools and a roof area.

The Vogesen, Pestalozzi and St. Johann schools in the north of Basel form an open block perimeter around a schoolyard with an underground gymnasium and swimming hall. The hall, built in 1980 by the architects Gass and Hafner, is spanned by six concrete girders.

Due to recurring problems with the watertightness of the ceiling and the layout of the courtyard no longer meeting the needs of the surrounding schools, the renovation of the structure and redesign of the space was commissioned in 2017.

With just a few interventions, MET Architects cleared the schoolyard of structures that had fallen out of time. 

The schoolyard was cleared of above-ground structures such as skylights, a fountain and plant troughs, as well as the old insulation and pavement. The new floor was insulated and sealed to prevent water from seeping in again. On top, a 12 cm thick concrete distribution slab was installed for the trafficability of the surface. The areas adjacent to the surrounding buildings were sealed with rolled asphalt.

Laid out with synthetic sports flooring, the courtyard now offers two basketball courts. The bleachers were dismantled down to their supporting structure, revised and supplemented with two covered grandstands for spectators, which extend across the entire width of the court and form a stadium-like space that can be used by the schools and the neighbourhood for recess, sports and leisure activities.

The pitch has been visually extended beyond its edge and forms the new schoolyard as a unity, even when viewed from above.

The two roofs, each projecting about six meters, feature very prominently from the schools. In order to protect the concrete from permeating moisture and do justice to the high visibility, the roofs were covered with the same red synthetic surface used for the basketball courts.

The playing field is optically extended over the upper floors of the surrounding buildings.

The Vosges Stadium is a great example for activating public spaces and rooftop areas in an increasingly dense urban context.

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Architects

MET Architects GmbH SIA
Klybeckstrasse 141 / K 102
CH – 4002 Basel

Client

Hochbauamt Kanton Basel-Stadt

Pitch surface

CONICA AG
Industriestrasse 26
CH – 8207 Schaffhausen

Address

Stadion Vogesen
St. Johanns-Ring 17
CH – 4056 Basel

Opening

2019

Photograph

Ruedi Walti, Basel

Author

MET Architects

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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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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

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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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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

Physical address

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

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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

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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 GmbH
Bismarckstrasse 4-10
D-49324 Melle

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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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Lorenzo Conti
Ronan Glynn
Odysseas Mourtzouchos
Joana Dabaj

Opening

2015

Text

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