A Small School Conversion Creates a Big View 

Conversion and extension of the Gabelsberger Primary School, Graz, Austria
A former public bathing complex in Graz is the scene of a small but brilliant intervention.

With a simple timber structure, the existing rooms have been expanded into extremely attractive classrooms, thus creating both an adequate background for new teaching concepts as well as an aesthetic bright spot in the courtyard landscape of the dispersed school building complex.

Photo: Paul Ott

Photo: Paul Ott

Architects: .tmp architekten – Uli Tischler, Martin Mechs
Project team design: Uli Tischler, Martin Mechs
Project team execution: Uli Tischler, Martin Mechs, Florian Schicho, Johann Reiterer, Karl Schantl
Commissioning – awarding authority: GBG Building and Construction Management Graz
Client: Graz Municipal Education Authority
Structural engineering: Jürgen Freller, Klagenfurt Graz
Verification statics: VATTER & Partner
eating, ventilation and sanitation planning, electrical installation: Bernhard Hammer
Building physics: Veronika Madritsch, Knittelfeld
Fire protection: Rabl, Graz
Construction limited partnership for the Sige-Plan: Fleissner + Partner, Graz
Measurements: Manfred Kainz, Graz
Beginning of the planning phase: June 2011
Construction: January–October 2012
Land area: 4.507 m²
Energy performance certificate: 9,73 kWh/m³a (46,10 kWh/m²a)

The complete article is published in Winter issue of Piranesi No. 33 Vol. 21.

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