Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
A Citizen-Friendly School of Administration in Wien, Austria by AllesWirdGut Architect
April 3rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
The only enclosure around the new school in Embelgasse is the perimeter of the block. With its large glass surfaces, the ground floor affords an insight into everyday school life, opening the inside of the block to the street. The outward appearance of the new vocational training school is characterized by openness, transparency, and through‑views.
On the upper floors, what is going on inside the school is presented, in a typecase-like grid pattern, as part of the facade and thus of the street space.
In this way, the close connection between administration and the public finds positive architectural expression on both sides.
Classrooms are kept transparent toward the circulation and communication areas – a continuum of interrelated learning, working, and communication spaces.
Complementing this is a number of varied outdoor spaces: a shady inner courtyard, a sunny roof terrace and a courtside terrace on the second floor so that students have an outdoor space close at hand at any time.
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