In its size and presence, the new curative education centre in Ibach is reminiscent of the institutional buildings that were traditionally lined up along Gotthardstrasse. Staggered in height, the building responds to the surrounding situation and mediates between the different heights of the neighbouring quarters. The compact structure efficiently promotes the achievement of the Minergie-A label and is positioned in such a way that the largest possible outdoor space is created as a recreational area for the children.
The floor plans are clear and simply structured. The concrete core contains the necessary ancillary rooms. The classrooms are located in the southwest and the special rooms in the northeast. To avoid costly structural exceptions, the overheight gymnastics room was planned on the fourth floor. On the top floor, in the best and quietest location, are the library, the quiet room and the school kitchen. A spacious terrace completes the outdoor space.
The wooden element construction can be seen in the façade and is defined by repetition and fine nuances of the closed surfaces. The horizontal cornices divide the building vertically, serve as weather and heat protection and at the same time take on the function of a fire barrier. The different levels between horizontal bands, wooden frames, spruce boards and windows create a rhythmic and subtle shadow pattern that gives the façade depth and expresses the clear structure.
Wood construction: Häring AG, Eiken
Landscape architecture: w+s Landschaftsarchitekten AG, Solothurn
Building physics: RSP Bauphysik, Luzern