The pedagogical concept at the Erick Kästner High School in Bochum not only seeks to promote a feeling of community between the individual grade groups, it also aims to generate more transparency in the relationship between teachers and students. In line with this concept, Bochum-based architectural firm Rheinpark_r Architekten, which was awarded the contract for the renovation and extension of the school building, designed a school with glazed faculty rooms on every story.
The firm was given the task of renovating the three existing buildings for the upper and lower grades and designing three new structures for the middle grades, as well as bringing these individual components together as a whole by means of communal spaces. This is achieved by way of one central, flat structure, which houses the auditorium, cafeteria and foyer and provides access to the other six sections of the building, while its accessible roof also functions as a schoolyard.
In the light-flooded interiors of the new buildings, light green exposed concrete and light green and light gray linoleum lends a pleasant, open feel to the space. Rheinpark_r Architekten installed a total of 6,000 square meters of linoleum, manufactured by flooring specialists Forbo Flooring, opting for the company’s “Artoleum” and “Marmoleum” varieties. The high-quality material is particularly long wearing and extremely durable, making it a perfect choice for use in a school environment.