The educational concept of the learning house (“Munich Learning House”) is the starting point for developing an intelligent and constructively well-engineered learning house module that consists of four classrooms, two interconnected rooms for all-day care, and a workroom for teaching and childcare staff that are all grouped around a central communal space. The peripheral access galleries give all the rooms a direct exit to the outside, which affords unrestricted use of the entire learning house in compliance with fire safety regulations.
The barrel vaulting we selected for our design staves off the threat of monotony and anonymity by creating spaces with a distinctive character that not only conveys a sense of security but is also highly memorable. We view this special spatial quality, which the pupils and teachers can experience through the senses, as the antithesis of the stereotypical product of modular construction.
The design is based on a division into individual learning houses, which can be stacked and combined in various ways. As independent elements within the overall complex, they are a means of orientation for pupils and also convey a sense of well-being. The heart of the learning house is the spacious realm in the middle, which can be used for various activities. The raised areas provide space for withdrawal for reading and studies.
We created one modular design for four primary schools which have been built simultaneously on four different locations in Munich. However, the four schools’ footprints are not identical – the modules can be put together in a flexible way depending on the given conditions.
Two of the four primary schools with all-day care are located on former military sites on Ruth-Drexel-Straße in Oberföhring and Bauhausplatz in Schwabing, and the other two are in the Freiham development area: in Gustl-Bayrhammer-Straße and in Aubinger Allee