Basing the concept on a holistic architectural approach, the new school building O.BORG in Oberndorf, designed by MEGATABS architekten, coherently implements the premises of openness, interaction and sustainability - encompassing urban development standards through to the interior design and furnishing. This spacious atrium is enclosed by a three-storey building with recessed terraces; its formal design is based on the criteria of a transparent and overall structure of optimal visibility, and short, spatially high-quality access routes. This is reflected most of all in the complex viewing perspectives the new school building offers to its users. A constantly alternating interplay between viewing out, viewing into and through the building offers pupils, teachers and visitors a spatial experience that is as diverting as it is diverse.
You arrive directly from the entrance area into the centrally situated aula, the school hall. Along with the roofed-over air space and the floating library cube, it forms the heart of the new school. It materialises as a high-quality recreational and assembly zone, an invitation to linger and converse. The hall is furnished with spacious seating steps, so it is furthermore an ideal stage for lectures and events of all kinds.
On the second and top floor eight standard classrooms and open learning areas are grouped around the atrium to form light-flooded, flexibly versatile learning landscapes. In addition there are retreat facilities which can be used as group rooms, answering the need for quiet break zones and privacy and providing versatile teaching and recreation areas. Spacious terraces offer plenty of scope for outdoor classes, thus enabling diversified teaching structures also outdoors. As regards energy efficiency and sustainability the building’s technological systems fulfil the highest standards. A groundwater heat pump is allied with a photovoltaic and solar heating system to cover the power requirement. In line with a smart city concept, the local heat network supplies the BORG jointly with the new, recently built Town Hall. The power yield covers its own consumption; surpluses are fed into the energy supply network.