04/08/06

Architectural Competition for Independent Anne-Sophie School "Place to Live and Learn" Is Taking Physical Shape

Künzelsau. The architectural office Müller/Djordjevic from Stuttgart came first in the competition on the edifice, which is to offer a place to learn and live to the Independent Anne-Sophie School called into being by Bettina Würth in the Künzelsau suburb of Taläcker near the town forest. "A draft, which meets the requirements on a "lifestyle of learning" to a great extent both in terms of urban planning and function," chair of the jury Prof. Rainer Zinsmeister explains the jury's decision.

Buildings for the "place to live and learn"

A total of six candidates - renowned architects mainly from the Land of Baden-Württemberg - participated in the competition, in which, above all, the pedagogical concept of the school should be reflected and implemented in the building to be created.

The idea behind this school is to offer a "place to live and learn", in which children and adolescents find the possibility of being supported according to their individual capabilities. A characteristic feature of the Independent Anne-Sophie School is the creation of small and clearly structured areas for the pupils to live and learn.

Decision was taken on 12 July

The competition documents were distributed at the beginning of April this year, and the architects submitted their proposals at the beginning of June. After all this, the decision was taken on 12 July 2006. The members of the jury of the Würth Group Prof. Reinhold Würth, Bettina Würth, Dr. Harald Unkelbach and Dr. Roland Hartmann chaired by Prof. Rainer Zinsmeister decided who should be the victor. Architectural office Hein, Hütterl and Lindenberger from Ludwigsburg came third. Architectural office Prof. Arno Lederer with architect Jorunn Ragnarsdottir came second.

Consensus between urban development and pedagogical concept as advantage

It was both the aspect of urban development and the sensitive handling of the special pedagogical requirements for which Müller/Djordjevic were awarded the contract. Access from the east for passengers of the funicular railway coming from Künzelsau to the suburb of Taläcker was solved well and access by car or bicycle to the school building from the west is characterized by short distances. The buildings in their entirety are structured in a loose fashion. The interior is divided into beautiful sections and flexible zones in which the above ways of teaching and learning can be implemented very well.

Completion of the first construction phase in 2008

The construction phase will start in the spring of 2007, and the first construction stage is planned to be finished in the fall of 2008. It will comprise the four-part gymnasium plus in-door swimming pool as well as the rooms for the kindergarten, the elementary school and the years 5-7 of the secondary school level. In the second construction phase the building complex is to be extended by the rooms for the years 8-10 and 11-13.

After the summer break, the results of the competition will be presented to the public within the framework of an exhibition.