10947 mp suprafața desfășurată clădiri, 21322 mp suprafața teren
București str. Coralilor nr. 20G, sector 1, Bucuresti
Echipa de proiect
Asociația pentru înființarea și sprijinirea Școlii Germane din București
arh. Sergiu - Cătălin Petrea, arh. Cristina Petrea, arh. Sabrina Ene - Butnariu, arh. Tania - Victoria Băncilă, arh. Sebastian - Ștefan Apostol
- Dan - Alexandru Roșu - arhitect - Cosmina Doncu - arhitect - Sebastian Burcoveanu - arhitect - Ionel Badea - rezistență - Ruxandra Ciacoi - instalații
The new DSBU school campus is being built in a developing area on a site in the northern part of Bucharest, near Petrom City. The site was free of any use or buildings prior to this project. The project will create a new educational centre in Bucharest.
As a European school, DSBU gathers pupils from many European countries, and their number has increased every year. Therefore, a new place where the European principles and standards such as democracy, education, equality, learning together from each other are brought together. The purpose of this project is to create a new campus for DSBU (Deutsche Schule Bukarest) aimed to gather educational spaces for pupils from kindergarten to high school.
The buildings’ layout on the site is meant to create a central core, a Plaza that is easily accessible from all directions. Due to its wideness and conformation, the site can’t be crossed quickly, especially by young children. Therefore, we proposed a building layout that opens the Plaza to opposite sides, making it easily accessible and connecting all major areas. Thus, the Plaza is like a living organism that extends and fills every empty space between buildings through a single floor, creating a coherent urban composition that answers both to functional connectivity and aesthetic purposes.
The School Shelter is a covered space that supports the access to plaza from the northern side, the parking lots and the entries in the school units. Therefore, the Plaza gathers both the school shelter and the kindergarten shelter, resulting a single space. The spaces adjacent to the entries consist of transparent, flexible foyers, convertible canteen spaces and green houses with natural lighting.
The process of integration between school and society is, in its very nature, very complex and it means making an active effort to open the school to the surroundings. The school’s physical openness to the social surroundings as well as the campus’ sustainable eco-technology principles have an important goal – establishing good quality relations such as cooperation, mutual development and progress.
All the educational spaces designed for children are opened to the playgrounds, enabling an optimal natural lighting of spaces.
At a time when our world is threatened by irrevocable ecological catastrophes mankind is forced to turn its attention to architectural solutions that seek to sidestep such a disastrous outcome. We believe that time has come to re-establish the balance favouring a wise management of resources instead of senseless consumerism so that the immediate negative effects of climate change could be avoided. Contemporary architecture is supposed to adhere to these principles and develop close connections with environment-consideration and sustainability especially when it will form the living and learning space of future generations.
The return to natural materials and renewable energy resources throughout the past years proved that it is clearly possible to imagine an architectural vocabulary that is both aesthetically harmonious and capable to give valuable answers to economic and sustainable constraints. The general architecture image establishes a significant link with nature. This type of architecture has an empathic reaction towards nature, evolving symbiotically in a constant dialog with mutual benefits and marking a clear statement.
We followed four major steps in our approach:
Emotion & health. The buildings seek to achieve that unique quality of living and learning guaranteed for many generations. It begins with the realization of individual space that fits for each future growing personality. In addition, the concept explores ways to ensure a healthy room climate and a safe environment using as much as possible the natural building materials.
Energy. Energy efficiency is a major priority of the project. It refers to the minimization of energy consumption through the perfect design of a high thermal insulating building envelope. It also seeks ways to use innovative heating and edge building technologies in order to become a referenced nearly zero energy building.
Environment. This aspect refers to the intensive use of renewable energy sources and green strategies. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the use of environmentally friendly renewable energy sources is an important goal of the project.
Economy. Last but not least, the concept focuses to obtain an affordable construction and maintenance costs in order to protect client's budget. The project aims to prove that it is possible to have a healthy living in energy-efficient and sustainable buildings that are attractive and affordable at the same time.
The project’s formative design is contemporary, uniform and non-intrusive to the environment. All the educational spaces are subordinated to the green exterior spaces and skillfully designed in a form of a continuous special loop, with playgrounds around it, south oriented.
Overall, our project strives to become a manifesto for contemporary sustainable architecture, especially designed to meet educational, urban and economic needs, with emphasis on energy efficiency and responsible sourcing.