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TQ Schools: Leutschenbach School by Christian Kerez

A stacked school programme drives Kerez’s school design, pushing it into a more engaging surrounding

Located in a suburb of Zurich, this is another landmark building intended to signal the importance of education to its neighbourhood. Not unlike a high-rise, the project stacks classrooms, a library, a multi-purpose hall and gymnasium into a single volume with a small footprint. The result of this vertical organisation is a surrounding park, which can be experienced to its full extent by the school itself, but also benefits the adjacent neighbouring communities.

All levels are composed as structural steel frameworks. The location of the bracing differs from one level to another, allowing various layouts of the interior spaces and offering level-specific relationships to the exterior. The ground level is low in height and has a close relationship to the exterior playground area. As the building rests on only six base points, no structural elements obscure the relation to the park at this level. All classrooms are located on the second, third and fourth storeys.

Leutschenbach School by Christian Kerez

Leutschenbach School by Christian Kerez

A generous hallway, giving access to all classrooms, also acts as an extra place where classes are held. Wide and single flights of stairs lead from one hallway to the next. A system
of opposite running stairs divide juniors from seniors, yet both runs meet in a collective and central hall on the fifth floor, offering a common core for the school. Immediate access to the library and the multi-purpose hall complete this level. The top floor is crowned by the gymnastic hall, where the entire footprint of the project is fully comprehensible.

Leutschenbach School, Christian Kerez

Zurich, Switzerland
2009: 9,840 m2

Christian Kuhn reviews other school typologies in February’s AR: Orestad College by 3XN Architects, Romania School by Herman Hertzberger and Ringstabekk School by DIV.A.Arkitekter

TQ Schools: Leutschenbach School by Christian Kerez

TQ Schools: Leutschenbach School by Christian Kerez

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