Elementary School and High School Stuttgart in Böblingen
Southwest of Stuttgart, the state capital, one of the biggest school centres in Baden-Württemberg was created. The special feature of this project: German and U.S. standards apply to the building complex.
In the U.S. armed forces an matter of honour applies: At locations abroad, there must be no compromises in the quality of life for workers and their families. This guideline applies to sports and leisure activities as well as for social and cultural institutions. The latter include hospitals, libraries, sports facilities and also: schools.
Gaus & Knödler Architekten had applied in a public tender along with the Stuttgart-based firm Aldinger Architekten, as well as the New York architects office Swanke Hayden Connell Architects for the new construction of the school centre. This planning team emerged victorious from the multi-level competition. The school opened in autumn 2015 in Böblingen and consists of an Elementary School and a High School for up to 1,500 students from the metropolitan region of Stuttgart.
For each of the educational institutions a complex designed as a ribbon with two levels for school and administration was built. Both building ensembles run parallel from East to West. A connecting building accommodates the central kitchen and a large multipurpose room for each school. Separate gyms complement the programme. An “auditorium” for theatre and music events as well as spacious outdoor sports facilities are available. The bus station has a capacity of up to 50 school buses.
Title: Elementary School and High School in Stuttgart Böblingen
Building owner: Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the State Building department in Reutlingen, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defence
Task: : Design and construction of two schools and sports halls, event building, sports grounds, outdoor areas, driveways, 250 parking spaces and bus station for up to 1,500 pupils (HOAI phases 1 through 8)
Method: International competition (two-step process) and procurement based on German construction contract procedures (VOF/VgV).
Participating companies: Aldinger Architekten Planungsgesellschaft mbH Stuttgart and Gaus & Knödler Architekten Göppingen under the umbrella of the Team Gaus + Aldinger Generalplaner und Architekten GmbH Stuttgart; Competition phase: Hayden Connell Architects New York, USA
Order volume: 64 million Euros
Construction volume: 27,500 square meters gross base area (22,300 square metres net base area) at 138,000 cubic meters gross volume
Remarkable features: Energetic certification according to LEED Silver (leadership in energy and environmental design) of the U.S. Green Building Council
Copyright: : Roland Halbe (photography header / slide show), Gaus & Knödler Architekten (photography) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (aerial pictures construction phase)back